Series: Six of Crows Duology
Titles: Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Young Adult & Fantasy
Release Dates: September 29, 2015 & September 27, 2016
This is my Review of the Month for the review collection on LovelyAudiobooks.info
So a few weeks ago, I read the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo and quickly found a new author to add to my watch list. The Grisha Trilogy blew me away so naturally I had to follow up with the other series within the same Grisha universe, the Six of Crows. The Six of Crows follows the story of a group of teens in a gang, the Dregs, within the city of Ketterdam. These aren’t your typical gang members though.
Kaz Brekkar, the leader and mastermind, gathers his crew for an incredible heist that’s sure to make them all rich. A cripple, an acrobat turned spy, a heartrender, a sharpshooter with a gambling problem, a convict ex-soldier, and a runaway rich kid. What could possibly go wrong, right?
“You’re a blackmailer–“
“I broker information.”
“A con artist–“
“I create opportunity.”
“A bawd and a murderer–“
“I don’t run whores, and I kill for a cause.”
“And what cause is that?”
“Same as yours, merch. Profit.”
“How do you get your information, Mister Brekker?”
“You might say I’m a lockpick.”
“You must be a very gifted one.”
“I am indeed.” Kaz leaned back slightly. “You see, every man is a safe, a vault of secrets and longings. Now, there are those who take the brute’s way, but I prefer a gentler approach–the right pressure applied at the right moment, in the right place. It’s a delicate thing.”—Six of Crows
Six of Crows is just as creatively-written as Grisha, with stunning detail and a whole lot of genius scheming. The characters are phenomenal! Each character has their own troubled past to deal with, making heartfelt moments throughout the book and giving more depth and credibility to the story.
“He needed to tell her…what? That she was lovely and brave and better than anything he deserved. That he was twisted, crooked, wrong, but not so broken that he couldn’t pull himself together into some semblance of a man for her. That without meaning to, he’d begun to lean on her, to look for her, to need her near. He needed to thank her for his new hat.”—Kaz Brekker, Six of Crows
Also, never let it be said that Leigh Bardugo doesn’t end a series perfectly. Seriously…that ending!! If you haven’t picked up the Six of Crows duology yet, drop everything and do that now because you really don’t want to miss out. I do highly recommend reading Grisha Trilogy first if you haven’t already. You will understand the history of the Grisha universe better and get a deeper feeling of how things are connected. Plus, both series have recently been picked up by Netflix, so be sure you read before you watch! 😉
“I would come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together—knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.” -Kaz Brekkar, Crooked Kingdom
Six of Crows Book Blurb:
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.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo returns to the breathtaking world of the Grishaverse in this unforgettable tale about the opportunity—and the adventure—of a lifetime.
Crooked Kingdom Book Blurb:
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 badly weakened, 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 the Grisha world.
Six of Crows- https://bit.ly/2aJUG3o
Crooked Kingdom- https://bit.ly/1XmsqU5
About the Author:
Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times- and USA Today-bestselling author of Six of Crows and the Grisha Trilogy: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.