Kaz Brekker is a street urchin who has risen from nothing to be the second in command of a powerful gang. He is clever and ambitious. He is offered the chance of a lifetime if only he can complete an impossible task. Break into the Ice Court and break out with a prisoner who knows how to make a weapon of unimaginable power.
The characters reminded me a lot of Lindsay Buroker’s Emperor’s Edge series. Each one has their own quirks and destructive nature. The difference is that these characters act like professionals while Lindsay’s tend to bumble around until things resolve themselves due to some insane plan that somehow kind of works. This story takes itself a bit more seriously, but the characters have the same kind of unique personalities that you can really sink your teeth into. I gravitate toward Inej the most as she is very similar to the ninja-type strong female characters that I love to write. She reminds me of The Ghost from The Cursed Armor in her lethal and acrobatic skill.
Six of Crows is a fast paced caper filled with twists. The characters are clever in their solutions to the problems that arise. Even though the story follows criminals that have shady backgrounds, I still felt myself rooting for them. It is a tale of revenge, love, magic, crime, etc… The story is very well done. The only reason I don’t give it a full 5 stars is because it never managed to pull me completely in. Even though they talked about how impossible the task was, there was never a point where the characters felt like they were in any real danger. It was almost too far over the top in some places with how they would escape. The book is a fantastic fantasy story and I will be picking up the next installment.