Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- Six of Crows
- Crooked Kingdom
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
This series reminded me of the movie Suicide Squad. You know, the villains-turned-into-heroes kind of story. That and a lot more reasons why this duology is remarkably AMAZING!!! It’s one of the best series I’ve read. The six main characters are powerfully built and a force to reckon with. I forgot all my favorite heroes because of Kaz Brekker! Kaz’s cunning brain, thieving fingers and ruthlessness made bad-boy heroes look like clergymen. Usually, there’s a need for a hero/heroine to be good and righteous even if the book tells us that he’s despicable and villainous- hard on the outside, soft on the inside cliche. Kaz is just how he is. He doesn’t feel sorry for the things he did. He breathes vengeance and hostility, doesn’t try to be righteous and always plots. As hard as a rock, as cold as ice- inside and out. I love that about him. His personality perfectly fits Inej’s, his Wraith, spy, deadly and stealthy, someone who constantly prays and believes in her saints without looking like a hypocrite. I like the subtlety of romance. Inej and Kaz feigning indifference, and Nina and Matthias hating each other are sweeter than your ordinary romance story. My only problem is, the love/hate I feel about the plot. It’s a hell of a story, fast-paced and action-packed. But for a story this good, I was surprised when it took me more than a month to finish. During my first few chapters in both books, whenever I try to start, I fell asleep. And I wasn’t even tired or sleepy. It took a while before I really dig into it. There are also times that I felt so detached because the escape scenes are too perfectly staged that there is no in-the-moment pure brilliance(or I didn’t notice if ever there is). I would like a little spontaneity and ask “What will you do now, Kaz?”. But he got everything planned out, Kaz already knows everything that might go wrong and already have a solution beforehand. His plans are always so perfect, I no longer fear for them or wonder if they will ever pull it off. The only time he didn’t know what to do, they were SAVED by Nina. I was pleased that the second book has improved a lot. I saw how Kaz’s plans had failed and how his enemies had gotten the better of him but still had his revenge in the end. Their plans were not flawlessly crafted but I liked the unpredictability and chaos that kept me on edge. Although, I thought the “hostage” trick was used one time too many. First, on a Black Tips member(I’m not sure if it’s Geels?), then, on Van Eck and then, Rollins. Kaz’s revenge on VanEck was splendid. On Rollins’? Ugh.. I was sorry that he was taken down by the same old “hostage” act. I was expecting a more Kaz-like revenge- cold, brutal and merciless with nothing left on his name but disgrace. And I thought Matthias’ death was so lame and unnecessary. It did not affect me at all. But maybe that’s only because I wasn’t so sold on the reason of his death. Well, overall, it was a great read.