Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt Co.
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.
Back into one of my favourite worlds, we follow a band of overconfident misfits, who embark on one of the most dangerous missions of their lives. Non-stop action, with incredible abilities and death around every corner, this is definitely one book that nearly has it all.
The writing style is told in the third person, jumping around between the crew members, and settings. Now normally i find multiple POV to be rather confusing, but the way this was done always following the same group made it really easy to keep track of who was where and doing what. Because this was done so well it made for a fast-paced, and entertaining read.
That being said, this is definitely a character-driven story. I would say we have 6 main characters in the crew, with many side characters that they get into skirmishes with along the way. Each of the six has their own fleshed out personalities, and are quite different from each other. This definitely made it easy to discern who was who at the beginning and also made it easy to connect with at least one of the main characters.
I think that all their unique personalities really brought life to the story and i found myself caring for each one of them. Yes, some of them are definitely not what you would call “good people” but each one of them has been through a lot in their lives. We actually get a significant amount of background on each of them told in little snippets of memories that actually tie in with the plot very nicely. I really enjoyed that touch of humanity and it made for a more realistic story.
The overall plot is really dark and action-packed. We get to see a lot of the bad things that go on in this world from a form of racism to kidnapping and torture. Although the story is a fun read, it is also an extremely deep one. The Grishaverse is a tough, brutal place just like our own and i think it reflects that very well.
Definitely a new favourite for me, and one story i can see myself coming back to, to be with the “crew” again on their crazy endeavours. Absolute brilliant story.