No Mourners. No Funerals.
I can tell already, I’m going to use the word amazing a whole bunch of times while typing up this review. Right out of the gate I gave this book 4.5/5 stars, a top shelf book in my opinion. The beginnning was a little hard to get into, with the weird names and the way that you just jump right into the story, but if you hang in there it will pay off in the end.
Admittedly the cover is what drew me in first with this book after seeing it in a readers group. Then the blurb, then the first chapter. The book is written from the different points of view of all the group members, so the story grabs you right away and keeps the pages turning. There are many twists and turns in this book, nothing goes quite right for them at any time in this story, It’s so exciting!
Six thieves set out to make a truly impossible heist (impossible because the *thing* that they are after is a person). It’s risky at best if everything goes correctly, everyone could die or worse if it all goes wrong. They are all thieves and gamblers and liars but the thing about this book is that the characters are so well written you actually like these people and you find yourself wanting them to succeed at their challenges throughout the story. You want this even though they are killing people and stealing things and blowing up bridges, you want it to happen so they can get away.
The title isn’t just clever, there is to be six people in the crew that will partake in the heist, and they are all (well most of them anyways but technicalities so moving on) members of a gang called the Crows. They have been selected for this mission purposefully by their leader, Kaz Brekker. He is like impossibly handsome and equally mystifying and I just adore him.
To say that there is romance in the back story would be a bit of a stretch I think, but you can tell that these young people long for less complicated times so that they can explore their complicated feelings for each other. Alas, they are extremely focused on the tasks and hand so romance takes a backseat in this story.
This book and its sequel Crooked Kingdom are the two books in this duology involving these characters, but the author has also penned a trilogy set in her “Grishaverse” that I can’t wait to sink my teeth into. I have purchased these already and can tell by reading the backs that they are going to fill in the gaps that have to do with the unique soldiers and their strange powers and the war ravaged land they come from. If you like things like Assassins Creed type of stuff or even Game of Thrones then I think you will definitely like this book.
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Explore her Grishaverse at https://www.grishaverse.com/six-of-crows/