Author: Leigh Bardugo.
Published: September 29th 2015 by Henry Holt and Co.
Sort: Part one of Six of crows.
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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.
This is definitely my favorite work by Leigh so far, because it has everything I was looking for. This is one of those books that I will reread often.
After finishing this book, all I wanted to do was fangirl about it. The basic of the plot is pretty simply, but Leigh managed to craft an amazing, fast-paced and action-packed story around it. A crew of six people need to break into a highly secured building to release a prisoner that holds the information to a product that could change the world they know. Kaz is the leader and is always looking for a way to earn money. He can't refuse this offer, but he needs his crew to pull it off.
This group of people quickly turned into my favorite characters of all time. I have lost my heart to Heartrender Nina and spy Inej. I have fallen in love with all the touches of romances (also between two guys) and how each and everyone of them has their own voice. Leigh has managed to craft a cast of characters that all provide something unique to the story and I was never overwhelmed by all the different voices. She gives everyone their chance to shine and we get to learn their story throughout the book; it really gave them a lot of dimension and character development. Plus, she knows how to write some kick-ass girls. I would love to be as powerful as Nina!
The heist was nerve-wracking and I liked the reason they were sent to break out the prisoner. I was constantly worried about how Kaz was going to do it. This guy is a mastermind and his clever ways blew me away. There is no way I could ever come up with all the tricks he shakes out of his sleeve. All the twists and surprises we get on their way made sure I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.
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