Six of Crows is set in the same world as Bardugo’s other series, The Grisha Trilogy. This time, it is set in the cut-throat slums of the city of Ketterdam (very loosely based off of the city/atmosphere of Amsterdam). Kaz Brekker is a con artist, a gangster, a confidence man, and also utterly brilliant, but very young. He is hired by Jan Van Eck, one of Ketterdam’s most prominent merchants, on a mission to rescue a scientist from the harsh Fjerdan Ice Court who has created a dangerous drug that enhances the magical powers of the Grisha. In fear that the production of this drug may create chaos for the world’s markets, Van Eck is willing to pay Kaz handsomely for his labors–but can Kaz and his team of misfits pull off an impossible heist?
I absolutely loved the Grisha series so I was a bit nervous to go back into their world once more–this time with a completely different cast of characters. No Alina, no Darkling. But Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Wylan, Nina, and Matthias are every bit as fascinating as the characters from her former series. In fact, I found them to be a bit more fascinating–none of them are saints. All six have a past, have secrets, carry shame. They are broken and whether or not they possess magical powers, utterly human. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a bit of gritty fantasy. \
Also, I really thought of The Weekend/Ed Sheeran’s song “Dark Times” while reading this book:
Every city is a ghost. New buildings rise upon the bones of the old so that each shiny steel beam, each tower of brick carries within it the memories of what has gone before, an architectural haunting. Sometimes you can catch a glimpse of these former incarnations in the awkward angle of a street or a filigreed gate, an old oak door peeking out from a new facade, the plaque commemorating the spot that was once a battleground, which became a saloon and is now is a park. ~Lair of Dreams
Lair of Dreams is the sequel to Libba Bray’s Diviners. It features much of the same cast (Evie, Jericho, Theta, Memphis, Mabel, and Sam), except the focus has shifted to the dream walkers–Ling Chan (who only had a brief cameo in the first) and Henry DuBois. Ling Chan is a resident of Chinatown, which is under threat from a mysterious sleeping illness. If anyone should be able to get to the bottom of the sleeping sickness, it should be the dream walkers, right? But Henry and Ling are pulled into the enchanting Lair of Dreams–where they not only walk in, but can shape dreams. And it will eventually be up to all the diviners to help Ling and Henry banish the ravenous ghosts of the past.
I was definitely NOT disappointed by this sequel to the amazing Diviners. In fact, the writing and the characters were just as solid as in the first. Evie is quickly becoming a live-for-the-now, constantly partying, flapper girl. Sam is becoming more desperate to find his mother and Project Buffalo. And Memphis and Theta’s relationship grows ever more complicated under the weight of both of their secrets. I love the diviners, each and every one. Libba Bray has crafted some insanely lovable characters and in this sequel, we get to learn even more about Ling, Henry, Sam, and Theta.
I recommend the Diviners series to anyone who loves a good historical and fantasy fiction blend. Or, basically, I recommend this series to anyone who loves to read anything amazing!
This book has been sitting on my shelf for far too long, for shame! I decided on a whim to pick it up for my “fun” book while writing my final paper of the semester. And I wish I had read this much sooner, though to be fair I reread two fantasy series this summer. In any case, for those who have not read this book yet–you must! Miss Peregrine, for those who don’t know, is a blend of novel and vintage photographs, mostly unedited. I thought the writing went very well with the photographs.I would say that I have read other novels with a similar experiment in photography or other media/design, but I think this is the first I have read that I truly liked, that I truly thought to be successful. Be warned, though, there are some fantastically creepy photographs!
Case in point: