Friday, 11 March 2016

Recommendation Friday: Six of Crows (The Dregs #1) – Leigh Bardugo

Genre: YA High Fantasy
Publication: 2015
Pages: 465

Plot: The story starts in the city of Ketterdam with Kaz Brekker, a young and talented criminal. He gets an offer he can’t refuse: getting a prisoner out of one of the most well secured prisons in the world.
He assembles a team of very different people: Jesper, a sharpshooter from Kaz’ gang. Inej, an acrobat who is also a very skilled spy. Nina, a Grisha hartrender. Matthias, a Fjerdan who hunts Grisha and was imprisoned in Kerch. And Wylan, a specialist in destruction and son of their client. Together this unlikely team has to accomplish the impossible.

Three reasons why you should read this book:
1. A unique and diverse cast! Leigh Bardugo has really made an art out of writing morally grey characters.
2. An exciting plot! It’s unpredictable until the very end.
3. Some references to the Grisha trilogy! Which you’ll love if you read the previous books (but it’s not necessary to read them first).

My opinion: The main characters are amazing! All very different and flawed, but that’s what makes them believable.
I love a good world building and this is a perfect example. We get to see a lot more of the "Grishaverse". While the Grisha trilogy was set in Ravka (which was inspired by Russia), Six of Crows starts in Ketterdam (inspired by Amsterdam) and then goes on to Fjerda (inspired by Scandinavia). Leigh Bardugo also uses the languages spoken there in a creative way, which gives it a special touch (that might only be interesting to me since I speak two Scandinavian languages and Dutch).

Conclusion: If you liked the Grisha trilogy, you will love this book! I dare to say that it’s even better than the original series. There is not a single thing that I didn’t like and I can’t wait for the sequel!

My rating: 5/5 buttons

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