It’s our fourth blogging anniversary week, and we’re featuring posts and giveaways all week long. Today we’re reviewing a book a couple of us have been lucky enough to receive — I at BEA, and our contributor Keely through a giveaway. As big fans of Leigh Bardugo’s work, we couldn’t wait to share Keely’s excellent review with you. Scroll down below for our final TLR Anniversary Week Giveaway, which is a copy of SIX OF CROWS! –Sandie
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.
Maybe you’ve read Leigh Bardugo’s GRISHA TRILOGY and maybe you haven’t (you really should read it though – it is fantastic), but her universe – the Grishaverse – is one unlike any other currently in print and this book is worth every minute you’ll spend reading it.
SIX OF CROWS is a sweeping tale of intrigue with an epic high stakes heist at the core and six misfit outcasts who all play their part with exemplary detail. At its heart the book is a story of adventure that shifts through five of the outcasts as narrators allowing the reader to see each one from the inside while their stories move forward. Each character has their own story to tell and their own reason for being part of this crime and the beauty is that Bardugo lets the reader experience that first hand. The intricacy of a story told from five different viewpoints is hard to imagine and could so easily have become a clunky uninteresting read, but Bardugo pulls of this multi-narrator style brilliantly. In fact, she’ll leave you wishing she had let the sixth member narrate a portion.
As a reader I felt much swept up in the story. The pacing is spot on with a slow build as Bardugo lays the substantial groundwork of the five narrators and the sixth outcast. Any backstory the reader needs – especially if they are new to the Grishaverse – is addressed in such a way that it is not a total recap for those of us who read the first triology nor is it boring for newer readers. I felt like I almost got a better sense of who the characters were this time around especially as this story moves us out of Ravka and into a cast with more variety.
Ketterdam and the environs are so well portrayed that the setting could probably be considered a character in its own right – that is how masterful Bardugo is in painting the backdrop for this saga. You cannot help but feel like you are there yourself. I could almost smell, hear and see the cities as the characters moved through them. Masterful work on Bardugo’s part and a great tool to draw in and hold onto readers throughout the novel.
I will say that readers should keep in mind that this is a first in a new series – which means not everything is resolved at the end. Be prepared to be left wanting more! The story is populated by thieves – our main characters are not good guys in the traditional sense. They are flawed criminals and yet you will find yourself cheering relentlessly for their success.
Overall, this novel is a stand-out start to a second series. I was not sure Bardugo could get much better, but she has deepened her craft and spun a tale of a band of misfits that will leave you wanting more as soon as you put it down.
To enter this giveaway, just leave us a comment saying why you’d like to read SIX OF CROWS. The only caveat is that you must have a U.S. address and leave a valid email with your comment. We will pick the random winner on Sept. 25th and send out the book by street date, Sept. 29.