Monday, November 7, 2016

Bardugo, Leigh. Six of Crows.

Bardugo, Leigh.  Six of Crows.  Macmillan/Henry Holt  2015  465p  $18.99      ISBN 978-1-62779-212-7    hs  Fantasy  VG-BN     

Six of Crows is set in the same world as Bardugo’s award-winning Grisha trilogy, taking place after the conclusion of the trilogy’s final book. However, it is entirely possible to read and enjoy this volume without having read anything else by the author. All of the specialized terminology used to describe magic-users is defined very naturally, and because this story is set in a different country from that of the Grisha series, the rest of the setting will be as new and fresh to veteran Bardugo fans as it will be to newcomers.

In this book, Bardugo puts together a believable gang of underworld outcasts who have been scraping by under the leadership of the enigmatic Kaz, whose sole confidante is his spymaster Inej, although their injurious history with each other makes it difficult for either one to completely trust the other. Each member of Kaz’s gang is a developed, interesting character, and learning about them is every bit as intriguing as the plot itself, even though the plot is the sort to keep a reader up way too late reading at night, just to finish the novel.

Summary: Six outcasts living on the fringe of criminal society take on a job that will test their skills to the utmost, but if they succeed they might just manage to save the world in this “can’t-put-it-down” volume by Leigh Bardugo, author of the Grisha Trilogy.  

Fantasy, Heists-Fiction, Magic-Fiction                      --Bethany Geleskie

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