Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)
By Leigh Bardugo
Henry Holt and Company, 2015, 465 pgs. Young Adult, Fantasy
In the bustling, seedy port of Ketterdam, Kaz Brekker is a thief with talent and a chip on his shoulder. When he is offered revenge and more money than he’s ever dreamed of in return for the most wanted man in the impenetrable Ice Court, he cannot turn it down. But first he’ll need to convince his ragtag crew – a convict, a sharpshooter, a runaway, a spy, and a heartrender – to agree to his deadly scheme and then somehow pull off the heist of the century.
I tried reading Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha series but failed to connect with the characters and abandoned it after the first book, Shadow and Bone. The characters in this book are carefully developed into flawed yet likable figures without sacrificing a fast-paced plot. My only criticism is that the characters are too skilled in their professions to be only sixteen or seventeen years old. But that doesn’t detract from the book’s charm or action. One of my favorite reads of 2015.