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
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
I read this book as part of a buddy read and I’m sad to say that both my friend and I were equally underwhelmed by this book.
Things I liked
I found the characters’ backgrounds and situation unique and interesting. I also liked the author’s style, it was easy and fast to read. My favorite part of the story was the chapter on Kaz’s background. It was heartbreaking.
I liked the characters, or at the very least, I didn’t find them that annoying.
Things I didn’t like
At first I liked the different points of view. It was a really good way to introduce the characters’ backgrounds. However, there were times when the same scenario was described from multiple points of views, which I soon found boring. I felt it kept the story from moving forward and getting to the point. I actually skipped a few parts from a couple of chapters. I just didn’t care to read the same information, more than once, just worded differently.
I found the story to be, overall, very predictable.
This book is riddled with the “perfect character” trope. All these characters are flawless, or I suppose in this case, perfectly flawed. They’re all good at being criminals, perfect criminals. Don’t even get me started on Kaz. I was hoping something would go horribly wrong, that someone would take Kaz down a peg or two. But that didn’t happen, and I was bored.
I didn’t hate this book, it’s not bad, I didn’t have to force myself to keep reading. But I did complain about how slow it was progressing and how nothing really happened most of the time. While I liked the characters and their stories, they were just too “perfect” which meant there was really never any sense of danger or tension. I’m glad this was a buddy read, otherwise I probably would have put the book down and forgotten about it.
One thing I told my friend 10 chapters in was, “I really hope this book doesn’t end on a cliff hanger”. Well… now I don’t know if I should continue the series and hope the second book is better or if I should just forget about it. My previous experience with a certain vampire series tells me I just just forget about it, but part of me wonders if I should give it a try anyway. Sigh
Have you read Six of Crows? Did you like it? Have you read the second book?