Thanks to Netgalley and Hachette Children’s Group for giving this book to review.
Six of Crows is a very good fantasy heist book with edge of your seat action, complex twists and a dark and gritty story. I was scared that this book would not live up to it hype but it did. The main flaw in this book is that while practically everyone (except the villains) are teenagers, they never act like it and behave more like people in their mid-to-late 20s. I did struggle a bit at the beginning but it really picked up when the crew leave Ketterdam for the heist.
All of the characters are complex, none are good or evil and there is a good banter between the 6 outcasts. Kaz is sharp, ruthless and a dangerous, genius mastermind who has built a wall around himself. Inej is strong both internally and externally, but she is also damaged, stealthy and cunning.
Nina is charming with a lively personality and while she is kind and feminine, she is also able to hold her own. Matthias is righteous, broody and throughout this novel has an internal fight between what he believes is right and wrong. Jesper is a joker, fun loving and is the comedy in the book. Wylan is the character I feel I know the least about as he did not have any POV but he is intelligent, shy and naïve.
This book has a massive cliff-hanger ending and I am looking forward to reading the next book Crooked Kingdom. I would recommend Six of Crows to fans of the Grisha series and those who like complex YA fantasy books.