Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Authors: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Number of Pages: 465
Genre: High Fantasy
Where I acquired this book: Barnes and Noble
When I read this book: September 29, 2016
Ratings on a Scale of 1-10
Quality of writing: 10
Plot Development: 8
Ease of Reading: 8
I was a big fan of Leigh’s Grisha Trilogy, so I was beyond excited for a duology written in the same world. I figured, even though it wasn’t going to be about Alina and all of our main characters, it would still evoke that same sense of magic from that trilogy; however, I didn’t get that from this first book. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great book, but it felt like it dragged in places, and I don’t have the connection to these characters like I did to the originals from the start. I think my biggest issue was with the large number of different perspectives we saw. They were wonderfully done, but I didn’t feel a strong connection to any of them, since each one only got a couple of pages at a time.
I did like seeing another part of their world, though. I missed Ravka, but it was nice having an expanded view of that world. Ketterdam was completely different from the parts of Ravka we saw, but it still held that same feel that kept them connected in my mind.
I would still recommend this to any fans of her other novels, because it is a great book, but it just didn’t do much for me. I haven’t read the second book yet, but I do own it, so I will get to it at some point. If you haven’t read the original trilogy, then I would suggest you read that one first, considering there are spoilers in this book for those originals.
OVERALL RATING (out of 5): 4 stars
If you’ve read it, let me know what you thought below! Which did you like better? Six of Crows or Shadow and Bone?