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: