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It took me a bit to get into it. I may have started with some prejudice. Also, I was reading this at a super busy time of my life. Once it got rolling I really enjoyed it. Bardugo slowly peeled back the dark world of the Grishaverse is in this first book. I have seen some of the Netflix show Shadow and Bone (based on this world) so that part was intriguing. I wasn’t disappointed. It has a bit of grimdark flavor. It’s not Abercrombie grim but it has a pretty bleak dystopian feel to it. The heist component fits well in this world.
For me, the characters were the real treat. Kaz has to be my favorite, with Inej not far behind. Kaz is not a nice guy. He is very tough. Kaz grew up in the mean streets of Ketterdam. He’s smart and ruthless. Inej is a tortured soul. She is also a dangerous one.
The heist element of the book was the straw that broke the camel’s back to get me to read it. Call it research. This component of the story was also well done. Immediately, I was invested in the goal of the heist. Also, I spent the last half of the book trying to figure out how each of the characters would be a part of resolving the heist. I loved that part.
No real spoilers here, but I really enjoyed the Six of Crows. It was a good heist story.
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