If you know anything about me, it’s that Leigh Bardugo’s debut series, the Grisha Trilogy, is one of my favorites, period. So when I heard Leigh was coming it with a new book, set in the the same world, I was ecstatic. And then, when it was described as Grisha meets Ocean 11? My immediate reaction was a very enthusiastic hell yeah! But, like any book lover, I was a little concerned. Would Six of Crows live up too my expectations? I had nothing to worry. It’s obvious Leigh has grown as a writer, you can see it through her writing. Her skill for developing characters has increased, and her plots have become more dense, yet her trademark suspense is still intact.
Six of Crows centers around Kaz Brekker, the most infamous criminal in Ketterdam, the port city Bardugo introduced to us in the Grisha Trilogy. Cunning, cold, and with a body count going on forever, he has but one desire; money. So when he’s offered a sum he can barely believe to pull off the biggest heist he’s ever done, he can’t do anything but accept. All he needs is the perfect team. There’s Inej, better known as the infamous spy Wraith, Jesper, a sharpshooter and a chronic gambler, Rylan, a boy running from his future, Matthais, a convict, assumed dead, Nina, a heartrender- and breaker. And of course there’s Kaz. Can they pull it off? Or will they kill each other first?
I was first introduced to Leigh by a friend over lunch. We met again at YallWest last April, and enjoyed every minute of it. Her new work, Six of Crows is a must read for every fantasy lover, Grisha fan or not. Find it on shelves September 29!