Am I bit late with this book that has been on my tbr pile since it came out? Yes. Does that stop me from writing a book review? Well apparently not.

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Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

Criminals, murderers and outcasts coming together forced by different reasons to do the impossible. Breaking into a place that's never been broken into before and getting out again without getting caught.

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I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Trying to read as fast as I could. The writing grabbed me and did not let me go again. One event happened after the other, problems emerged and plans shattered, plans we before so carefully came up with.

“It's not natural for women to fight."
"It's not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.”

Facts

author: Leigh Bardugo
pages: ~460
Pov: multiple
next book: Crooked Kingdom (Duology)
Genre: Fantasy
my rating: 10/10 (new favorite book)

World - building

This book takes place in the same world as "The Grisha Trilogy". But to understand this book it is not necessary to have read the others. (I know that because I haven't) Because of the fact that Leigh Bardugo already wrote three books set in this world you are welcomed with an fantastically detailed environment and a lot of history that add to the realism of this book.
Oh and there is a map in the book. Two actually: one of the land and one of the place they are gonna break into.

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The story starts in Ketterdam. A city with an harbor, sex - workers and more criminals than ships that sail through it's canals.

Characters

This book has more to offer than just world - building. The main characters who grew up in the streets, were in prison or enslaved all have different motives, morals and motivations. While the story develops we learn what happened in their lives and how they ended up where they are now.

“Our hopes rest with you, Mister Brekker. If you fail, all the world will suffer for it."
"Oh, it's worse than that, Van Eck. If I fail, I don't get paid.”
“You can't spend his money if you're dead."
"I'll acquire expensive habits in the afterlife.”

Relationships

The friendships that blossomed between the characters were one of the funniest parts of this book. The dialog being hilarious, a bit out of place but still realistic.

“Kaz leaned back. "What's the easiest way to steal a man's wallet?"
"Knife to the throat?" asked Inej.
"Gun to the back?" said Jesper.
"Poison in his cup?" suggested Nina.
"You're all horrible," said Matthias.”

My opinion

All in all this book is an fantastic read and up until now the second book doesn't disappoint either.
I tried to keep this short and clean but if you are still not sure if you should read this book, then first of all "why?" and second of all did I mention that this book has multiply points of view, that you get to know the characters really well, that there is magic and that Inej is my Queen and she deserves nothing other than happiness and for all of her dreams to come true?
It is also diverse (well could be more) with two of the main six being poc and it is LGBT (but could be gayer)

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If there are still open questions, or you just want to talk to me about this book, send me a postcard.

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