Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Orion Books
Publication Date: 2015
Source: Borrowed from the Library
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he'll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)
Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)
Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)
Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done--and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable--if they don't kill each other first.
Six of Crows is a fun tale, which is kind of a fantasy version of Ocean's Eleven. It took me a little longer to get into this one, compared to the Shadow and Bone trilogy, but by the halfway point I'd come to love the characters and was keen to see how things would work out for them. The pacing on the whole is good, there's plenty of action and adventure, and the characters are memorable. For Shadow and Bone fans, there are some references back to the events of those books, but nothing that would disrupt a reader's enjoyment if they were coming to this without any familiarity with that series. I find Kaz, in particular, fascinating, and I ended this book keen to see how things would progress in book two.