Confession: I didn’t love the Grisha trilogy, written prior to Six of Crows. I didn’t hate it, but it didn’t connect with me. So, I picked up Six of Crows in spite of, not because of, the original series.
I am so glad that I did! While Six of Crows does take place in the same world as the Grisha series, it’s also separate, and has a completely different feel. It’s dark and gritty, which I love.
Think Oceans 11 gone fantasy, and you’ve got the jumping off point for this book. Kaz “Dirtyhands” Brekker (one of the most interesting fantasy characters I’ve read in a long time) is a thief looking to get together a crew in order to pull off a heist that will net him a huge sum. He’s supposed to break into the Ice Court in order to recover a scientist who has managed to create a drug that will enhance the abilities of the Grisha (basically the magic-users in this world).
Kaz is joined by members of his crew, including a sniper, spy, and his own Grisha, as well as others. The heist itself, while great to read about, takes second place to the amazing character building that we are treated to in this book. Each member has his or her own demons to contend with, and trust has to be earned. There are double crosses, surprising backstories, complicated relationships, and action aplenty.
I strongly recommend picking this up, whether you read and enjoyed Leigh Bardugo’s other books or not. It will suck you in and you’ll want to grab the next book in the series (The Crooked Kingdom) as soon as you finish it.
“No mourners. No funerals. ” – Six of Crows