Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Read by Jay Snyder, Brandon Rubin, David Ledoux, Lauren Fortgang, Elizabeth Evans, Tristan Morris, and Roger Clark
Summary 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
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
I never noticed till right now that there are buildings in the crow’s wing. How cool is that?
I first read this book when it came out in 2015., and I absolutely loved it. I listened to the audiobook as a review before I listen to the second book in the series.
The author has created quite the collection of characters in this story, each one is unique with their own tragic stories to tell. I think Inej is my favorite. I found I could really relate to her and her story. I also like how she cares for Kaz even though he is so difficult to like. Nina and Matthias’s complicated relationship was wonderful, and it was fun to watch them get over their differences in their own beliefs about each others culture to find mutaul ground and start really caring for each other. I am also finding Wylan’s and Jesper’s relationship amusing and hope it continues to develop in the next book.
I really love the world that the author has created both in this book and in her Grisha trilogy. It is a fascinating world with amazing cultures, that are very diverse. It is inspired by Russian folktales and cultures and that really does shine through in this book. I loved the Ice Court Castle and I could easily picture it in my mind from the descriptions.
The plot was amazing, I really enjoy heist stories and this was quite the heist! So many obstacles in their way that towards the end I was beginning to doubt that they were going to make it. Even though I found it hard to like Kaz I was fascinated by his abilities to see all of the angles and figure out a way to complete the heist and get everyone out alive. I also appreciated how much he cared for everyone on his crew even when he wasn’t sure he could trust them all.
The audio book is very well done. All of the narrators did an excellent job. I really enjoyed listening to Jesper’s reader, he has a nice voice with just the hint of an accent and he really sounded like how I imagined Jesper would sound. I wish I could find a list somewhere that says which reader does which character. I looked everywhere for something, but couldn’t find it, not even on the publishers website. I’m a little mystified by why there are seven narrators when only 5 of the characters tell the story. I know that one reader only does the last chapter when Pekka Rollins is the character telling the story, but I don’t know who the seventh voice is used for. If any of your reading this know, please tell.
Next week I hope to have The Crooked Kingdom done, I am also doing the audiobook for this book and many of the same readers are involved which I am looking forward to.