Series: Six of Crows #1
Published by Henry Holt and Company on September 29th, 2015
Genres: young adult, science fiction
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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.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.
I make it no secret that I love this author. I love the Shadow and Bone series. I love the Twitter feed from Bardugo. I love her backstory. I love the world she just creates via magic.
I was honestly a bit worried when I saw a new series coming out. How can you even top the Shadow and Bone series? How can you follow up a series so dear to my heart?
I had no idea that this book was set in the same Grisha universe until a review for an ARC came out. My worry quickly morphed into excitement. I get more Grisha stories? I can step back into that world from another angle? Can I say right now that I have no short amount of love for authors who use the same universe for different stories? That, to me, is a hallmark of great world building. When you can drop your story right back into the fictional universe and still produce a magnificent piece of literature.
However, would this still have the wonderful, fantastic character development and world building as the first series set in the Grisha universe?
Short answer: Leigh didn’t fail me. She made me love her and her world even more.
But would Six of Crows be better than Shadow and Bone?
A lot of people are comparing the two series side by side to help review Six of Crows. There has been an overwhelming opinion that readers loved SoC more than SaB. On this subject, I am going to have to drag in the comparison of which of the two cats I love more: Sweet, Mommacat-centered Loki or playful, darling, very loving Kili (Yes, I refer to myself as Mommacat. Everyone calls me Mommacat when it comes to the cats. Deal).
I love my cats for different reasons. I love that Loki is devoted to me, and Kili can always make me feel better. I love that Loki chirps and rolls onto his back when he wants pets to help his sore tummy. I love Kili’s constant playful attitude, and when he fetches the mousies when I am sad. I love it when Loki carries Rainbow Dancer to me when I am asleep. I love that Kili likes to sleep near my cheek.
The point I am attempting to make, besides bragging about my kitty babies, both series has something that I love, something unique that makes it hard to pick which one I love more, because I love them for different reasons. Shadow and Bone sets up the world and the mythology. It also centers the theme on the worship of people, of the power of hope, and how to overcome an evil so old and great that your chances of victory are slim. Six of Crows is about overcoming the past, sets the theme on love and devotion, and the power of sleight of hand. Shadow and Bone is more formal, while Six of Crows is steeped a bit more into the humor, with a more causal, pulp fiction-feeling. Six of Crows has Nena. Shadow and Bone has Sturmhond (mine!).
How are the two series different?
I quite enjoyed a more relaxed story line from Bardugo. The story didn’t lose the dark edge or the quick humor, but the overall mood of the book was a bit more action-led than moral themed. There is enough shipping material in the new novel to please even the most stringent of readers. I also thoroughly enjoyed that Bardugo opened up her casting, showing how she can take on different voices and still make a wonderful story. Shadow and Bone was seen from Alina’s POV, but in SoC, we now are venturing into the world with six new eyes, and I love that we break out from Rakva and step into new places.
TL:DR – I love both series of novels from Bardugo. I am convinced she can do no wrong. I loved it, I was pleased, and I am excited to have more from Six of Crows.