Teen Review: Six of Crows
Review by Naailah
“Men mock the gods until they need them, Kaz.”
Six of Crows is the first in a duology by Leigh Bardugo. While the story is set in the same world as her previous trilogy, Shadow and Bone, readers don't need previous knowledge of the Grishaverse. Usually authors try to set more spinoff series in a previously built world and I find that they usually end up lacking substance and the hook that initially brought readers to the original series, but I enjoyed Six of Crows tremendously more than the author's debut series. Leigh Bardugo manages to capture readers from page one and leave them aching for more.
Enter Kaz Brekker, one of the most feared men in the city of Ketterdam. He's a ruthless and greedy gang leader who bows down to nobody. Then one day, a wealthy politician strikes a too-tempting deal with him. Break into a prison that nobody leaves and kidnap a scientist who has been working on a new drug. With 30 million kruge on the line, Kaz enlists five others to pull off an impossible heist.
In a story bustling with descriptions that make you feel as if you're walking the streets of Ketterdam yourself, it's easy to lose track of time. You may find yourself promising to read only two chapters and end up reading 22. Leigh Bardugo manages to offer us a fictional world that encompasses real world problems including human trafficking, prejudice, government corruption and classism.
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