“A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse.”
The fate of the world is in the hands of six teenagers, six street rats with no family and no one to look for them. They have to break in an impenetrable fortress, free an important prisoner and try not to kill each other. Each of them has his own goals and ambitions, his own agenda, his own life story full of misery and pain. And everything depends on them.
“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”
I am at loss for words. Leigh Bardugo set the standards very high with the Grisha Trilogy, and in Six of Crows she did not disappoint. If you're looking for resemblances between the Grisha and this book you will not find any, besides the fact that both series take place in the same world. Six of Crows is way darker, more mature and a little disturbing. And that's what makes it great.
But darkness is not all you get. There is an extremely high dose of sassiness and the dialogues are witty and crack you up. There is also romance, which doesn't overshadow the story but satisfies the hopeless romantics of the world (including me, obviously). There are twists and turns, the world-building is excellent and solid and everything is woven perfectly.
All of them are fascinating. They are not righteous or noble, their motives not always pure but you can't help but sympathize with them. I love them all for different reasons, especially Inej and Nina and Matthias, but I need a moment to talk about Kaz. He's the leader of this group, also known as Dirtyhands, feared by Ketterdam's underworld and not without a reason. You may cringe at his actions, even feel disgusted by them, his greed and his cruelty, but he is my favorite. Because he is brilliant, impossibly smart and daring and deep down he suffers, and he's only trying to make the pain stop. (what can I say, arrogant and tormented is my weakness)
“Well,I'm the kind of bastard they only manufacture in the Barrel.”
Reactions about the ending
I am going to try harder to build a time-machine, because there is no way I am going to survive until next book is published. Anyone willing to help?
The hype about Six of Crows? It's totally worth it.
P.S. Nikolai? Darkling?