I read Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo for #4 on the 2018 Reading Challenge list, a book involving a heist. I don’t remember exactly how or when I first heard about this book, but I was intrigued from the outset. When I learned it would fit this category I knew immediately I would read it this year.
This is the story of Kaz Brekker, a thief rising quickly up the ranks of a street gang. He is offered a job which could lead to wealth beyond imagining. If he can pull it off. But for such an impossible task, he will need an impossible crew. Himself included, Kaz pulls together six of the city’s deadliest outcasts.
Bardugo writes from multiple points of view, switching with each chapter. At first, the frequent jumping around between POV characters made it difficult to get a feel for any of the them. And it felt like it made the story a bit disjointed. As the story progressed, however, I came to appreciate this as a great plot device that enhanced the suspense.
The plot of the story was revealed in a surprising way because some characters knew part of the plan, and others knew other parts. These were then revealed by the appropriate character at the appropriate time, thus making sense of a convoluted plot. That, along with a few well-placed flashback or memory scenes, the story really came together in a great way.
While I never came to truly like Kaz, as a character he is very well written and believable. Bardugo has done an outstanding job with all her characters, and the world-building is exceptional. If you enjoy stories with magic, adventure, huge risk and great characters, then I think you would enjoy this book.