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Book Review: The Six of Crows Duology

Book 1: Six of Crows 

Goodreads Summary: 

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

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Book 2: The Crooked Kingdom 

Goodreads Summary: 

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

 

FIP Review:

Rarely will you see me give a book 5 stars – but this one (begrudgingly) deserves it.
I picked up this series on a whim; discounted price on the audiobook of Six of Crows.

 

I’m glad I did.

Story: Good, fast paced story keeps you alert and interested. Fairly predictable with some unpredictable twists along the way. Above average ending; not all loose ends were tied up and not everyone got their happy endings – to me this was more realistic and rougher than most YA books which tend to coddle.

Characters: Personally I felt like this was the highlight of the book. All the characters; secondary and main characters alike – grow on you. Their triumphs and pitfalls become yours.

Overall unexpectedly enjoyed the books.

 

About the Author

Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising).

She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she’s lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. Her new book, Six of Crows, arrives fall 2015.