Kaz Brekker is approached by a local merchant to break into the Ice Palace to retrieve a scientist who is responsible for making a drug that transforms a Grisha’s abilities but has dangerous side effects. Kaz assembles his crew carefully knowing that he needs each to have even a slight chance to complete this mission.
The crew consists of Kaz, the leader of the local gang the Dregs. Inej the Wraith, she has become the eyes and ears of the Dregs sneaking into places to obtain others secrets. Nina, a Grisha who had been trained for battle at one time. Matthias, a prisoner who was once a soldier out to destroy all Grisha. Jesper, the sharpshooter for the Dregs. Wylan, the runaway merchant’s son who is good with explosives.
Six of Crows is a spinoff from Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha series. The first of the books that I’ve read perhaps I missed a bit of the world building from not reading the other series but this still was understandable on it’s own. I really wanted to love this book as much hype as I’d seen from it and perhaps it would have been a bit higher rating had I gone in knowing what a Grisha was and more about the world but it was still really good overall.
My biggest complaint so to speak was the pacing, it seemed to drag a bit in the middle for me and felt it could’ve been a bit shorter. The current happenings in the story seemed to be on somewhat of a pause while slowly giving the backstory on the characters and just felt it could have been done a bit quicker. I loved learning so much about the crew and what made them they way they are but I shouldn’t be still dying for details thirty chapters into the book.
Overall though a good read at 3.5 stars for me and will look forward to more adventures in the second book of the series.