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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-02-21 15:13
Das Lied der Krähen // Six of Crows!!!
Das Lied der Krähen: Roman (Glory or Grave, Band 1) - Michelle Reid,Leigh Bardugo

german and english review (not spoilerfree)

 

 

Inhalt: Ketterdam – pulsierende Hafenstadt, Handelsmetropole, Tummelplatz zwielichtiger Gestalten: Hier hat sich Kaz Brekker zur gerissenen und skrupellosen rechten Hand eines Bandenchefs hochgearbeitet. Als er eines Tages ein Jobangebot erhält, das ihm unermesslichen Reichtum bescheren würde, weiß Kaz zwei Dinge: Erstens wird dieses Geld den Tod seines Bruders rächen. Zweitens kann er den Job unmöglich allein erledigen …
Mit fünf Gefährten, die höchst unterschiedliche Motive antreiben, macht Kaz sich auf in den Norden, um einen gefährlichen Magier aus dem bestgesicherten Gefängnis der Welt zu befreien. Die sechs Krähen sind professionell, clever, und Kaz fühlt sich jeder Herausforderung gewachsen – außer in Gegenwart der schönen Inej …

 

Meine Bewertung: Noch nie war der Hype bei einem Buch so gerechtfertigt, wie bei diesem Buch. Es ist wirklich schon lange her, dass mich ein Buch gleich von Anfang an so begeistert hat.

 

Als allererstes muss ich sagen, dass ich zwar nicht der größte Fan von der Grischa Trilogie war, dass ich mich aber wirklich unheimlich gefreut habe, mit diesem Buch und der Reihe, wieder zurück in die Grischa Welt einzutauchen, denn ich finde sie einfach unheimlich spannend und interessant.

 

Als zweites muss ich anmerken, dass mir der Schreibstil der Autorin in diesem Band wirklich um einiges besser gefallen hat als bei den Grischa Büchern,

 

Dann kommen wir zu den Charakteren, denn über die habe ich eine ganze Menge zu sagen. MEINE KINDER. Ich liebe sie alle, sie sind alle so wunderbar vielschichtig. Natürlich sind mir andere schneller ans Herz gewachsen als andere aber am Ende des Buches, sind sie alle meine Kinder und ich will nur das Beste für jeden von ihnen.

 

Kaz. Er ist schon ein verdammter Schweinehund...aber ich liebe ihn. Ich finde ihn unheimlich spannend und interessant.

Inej. Mein Herz. Das Phantom hat sich sofort in mein Herz geschlichen als sie zum ersten Mal aufgetaucht ist.

Nina. NINA. Ich hab so viele heftige Gefühle wenn es um Nina geht. Mein Baby.

Jesper. Ich liebe den wunderbaren Idioten, der so viel Humor in die Runde bringt und immer einen Spruch auf den Lippen hat.

Wylan. Der kleine Welpe verdient eine heiße Tasse Tee und eine warme Decke um seinen Schultern, die ihm das Gefühl gibt, dass er etwas ganz besonderes ist und dass es Menschen gibt, die ihn wertschätzen können.

Und zu guter letzt Matthias. Wir hatten einen verdammt holprigen Start und seine Mordgedanken gegenüber Nina haben mich eine zeitlang extrem blind ihm gegenüber gemacht. Aber mit der Zeit ist er mir wirklich immer mehr ans Herz gewachsen, weil er wirklich so eine Wandlung hinter sich hat. ICH LIEBE SIE ALLE.

 

Da kommen wir gleich zu den Beziehungen in dem Buch und Mann, Mann, Mann, hab ich da noch mehr Gefühle allen und jeden gegenüber.

 

Kaz und Inej. Die Beziehung der Beiden ist wirklich so was von kompliziert und sowas von frustrierend  ABER HI, mein Name ist Nicole und ich lasse mir gerne von fiktiven Charakteren das Herz brechen. Kaz als Inej super schwer verletzt ist. Kaz und seine Gedanken und Wünsche wenn es um Inej geht. Inej, die gleichzeitig was viel besseres als ihn verdient hat. Kaz am Ende des Buchs. KAZ. INEJ. Ich war nicht auf die Beiden vorbereitet, ehrlich nicht.

 

Matthias und Nina. Wo wir gerade von komplizierten Beziehungen sind. Ich bin so froh, dass sie wirklich im Laufe des Buches wieder zueinander gefunden haben und Dinge klären und verzeihen konnten. Ich finde ja solche Beziehungen, die mit so viel Hass am Anfang beginnen, einfach unheimlich interessant, vor allem aber dann wenn sich mit der Zeit die Bilder des jeweils anderen verändern und sie zueinander finden können.

 

Und dann Jesper und Wylan. Ich mein, es ist Buch eins. Sie kennen sich noch nicht wirklich lange aber könnten sie mehr nach einem alten Ehepaar klingen??? Ich hoffe wirklich auf viel mehr Momente im nächsten Buch.

 

Allgemein die Beziehung zwischen allem und jeden in der Gruppe finde ich großartig. Besonders die Freundschaft zwischen den beiden Mädels. Mein Herz.

 

Am Ende muss ich sagen, dass ich die ganze Geschichte einfach nur total spannend und super interessant fand, dass es wirklich Spaß gemacht hat die Reise mit den Charakteren aufzunehmen. So lange bis nichts mehr spaßig war und es nur noch Schmerz gab. Schön fand ich auch, wie immer mal wieder Momente aus der Vergangenheit eingebaut wurden sind und wir so noch mehr über die Charaktere und wo sie herkommen erfahren konnten.

 

Außerdem hat mir jede noch so kleine Erwähnung über Genja oder Zoya unheimlich gefreut. Vor allem Genja, denn Genja war und ist mein absoluter Favorit in der Grischa Serie.

 

Hätte ich in der Bewertung öfter die Worte spannend und interessant verwenden können?

 

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Summary: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction - if they don't kill each other first.

 

My review: Never before was a hype so justified as it was with this book. It's been a hot minute since I was so excited about a book right from the start.

 

First things first, even though I wasn't the biggest fan of the Grisha trilogy, I was still super happy to go back into the Grisha world with this book and the whole series itself. I just love the world and think it's super exciting and interesting.

 

Secondly I have to say that I loved how much the writing has improved from the Grisha books.

 

And now, to the characters, cause I have lots of things to say about them. MY CHILDREN. I just love them all a lot, they are all so wonderfully multilayered. Of course some of them grew on me faster than others but at the end of they all are my children and I just want all the good things happening to them.

 

Kaz. What a piece of shit...BUT I LOVE HIM. I just think he is super interesting and fascinating.

Inej. My heart. The phantom sneaked her way into my heart the first time she showed up.
Nina. NINA. I have so many fierce feelings about Nina. My baby.

Jesper. I just love this wonderful idiot, who brings so much humor into the group and who seriously has some of the best lines.
Wylan. My little puppy deserves a hot cup of tea, a warm blanket around his shoulders that makes him feel like he's super special and that there are people that truly value him.
And lastly Matthias. We had a rough start, not gonna lie, his murderous thoughts when it came to Nina make me very blind to him. But with time he really grew on me cause he is the one that really grew a lot.

I JUST LOVE THEM ALL.

 

Now to the relationships in this book cause man, man, man, I have lots of feels about each and everyone of them.

 

Kaz and Inej. Their relationship is so freaking complicated and so frustrating on so many levens BUT HI, my name is Nicole and I love to get my heart torn to pieces by fictional characters. Kaz when Inej got really badly hurt. Kaz and this thoughts and his wishes when it comes to Inej. Inej, who at the same time really deserves so much better than him. Kaz at the end of the book. KAZ. INEJ. I wasn't prepared for these two at all, seriously.

 

Matthias and Nina. Talking about complicated realationships. I'm so happy that throughout the book they worked things out and really found back to each other again, that they could clear things up and could forgive. I just love the types of relationships that begin with so much hatred for one another, it's just super interesting when with time they really open up, understand each other better, grow and get together.

 

And of course Jesper and Wylan. I mean, it's book one. They don't know each other for that long and still, could they bicker more like a old married couple???? I just hope for way much interaction in the next book.

 

Overall I truly love the relationship each and everyone of the characters have with each other. Especially the friendship between the two girls. MY HEART.

 

At the end of it all, I have to say that I thought the story itself was super exciting and interesting, it was so much fun and such a joy to go on this journey with the characters. Until nothing was fun anymore and it was just pain. YOU KNOW. I also really loved the flashback moments, where we could find out so much more about these characters and where they are coming from.

 

Also, I truly enjoyed every little mention of Genja or Zoya. Especially Genja, cause she was seriously my favorite in the Grisha series.

 

Could I have used the words exciting and interesting even more in this review?

 
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text 2019-02-17 18:07
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
King of Scars - Leigh Bardugo

Well I was so lost, didn't know who these people were. Huh ? Turns out I hadn't read the previous series that this spin off came from. :(  I thought it was after Crows. I am doing the walk of shame, returning the book to the library.

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review 2019-02-17 16:37
Some Ramblings: King of Scars
King of Scars - Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars

by Leigh Bardugo
Book 1 of Nikolai Duology

 

 

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible.  No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way.  Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built.  With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him.  He will risk everything to save his country and himself.  But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.



It feels like it's been ages since I read the Grisha trilogy, and, as others might have pointed out, a reread of Bardugo's debut trilogy might have been beneficial.  I remember some details, but not others, and it might have been the reliance of back story knowledge that had me feeling like this book was a bit hard to get into in the beginning.  It probably also didn't help that there were a lot of POVs, even though we really just switched between three main ones--Nina, Nikolai, and Zoya.

And in truth, I feel like Bardugo handled the multiple POVs and the multiple story lines A LOT better in the Six of Crows duology (which had been known as The Dregs duology at some point, and is now going to get a third book apparently which has caused me to feel completely flustered, because that's all I can think of now, so the rest of this review is sort of a blur.)  The truth is, because of the connection between these two series, it was hard NOT to make those comparisons, which might have been a bit unfair to this book.  I found myself wondering if any of the other Dregs would make an appearance, and whenever Nina's POVs swung around, I wondered if she'd run into Inej or Kaz, or whether they'd suddenly pop up to help her with her missions... as awkwardly dropped as those instances would have been.

But enough of the Six of Crows versus Nikolai comparisons, because this book is quite obviously a sequel series to the Grisha trilogy.  So, to start, I DO highly recommend reading that trilogy before jumping into this one.  I even highly recommend reading the Six of Crows duology first as well.

Because while this book COULD stand on its own in some ways, I feel like there were too many references to previous books that could cause fleeting moments of "I wonder what that was about?"

Back to this book...

As I had already mentioned, I had found the beginning a bit slow to get into--dragged a little bit, even.  And despite the fact that every tangent seems to have its significance, the book still feels like it tried to cram too much material into one book... and yet there were a lot of moments where I just wanted to get on with the story.

It's conflicting, because it's not like I didn't like this book.  In fact, I very much enjoyed it, because aside from the story's outline and presentation itself, Bardugo has a way with words and creation that really just draws you right in.  Bardugo's Grishaverse is a wonderfully crafted place, and I've always loved how intricate all the details of her world are presented, how you can pluck any character out of the world and there can be a whole story to tell.  Even background characters have their significance and aren't just there for filler.

King of Scars is a book I've been looking forward to ever since it's announcement because it boasts two characters I came to love from previous series.  While I was never in the Nikolai/Alina camp, I always found Nikolai charming and fun to follow as a side character to Alina's journey.  And while I had started off Six of Crows not quite feeling Nina as a character, I slowly grew to love her as the books progressed.  Finally, as mentioned already, I just love Bardugo's Grishaverse!

King of Scars ended up being enjoyable and entertaining, but maybe I was over-hyping myself, or I was just expecting so much more, but I couldn't seem to relate with any of the characters, or find myself caring a whole lot.  Nikolai doesn't come off as charming as I remember, even though an inkling of that charm kind of hung in the background.  Nina's story was a bit rocky to begin with, got a little bit better, but then I feel like it sort of lost direction at some point.

In contrast, I found that I DID really like Zoya and really appreciate the glimpse into her history.  I honestly don't remember much about Zoya from the Grisha trilogy, except as maybe the "mean girl" Alina had to steer clear of.  The focus on her as a main character made her so much more fleshed out; and maybe because I didn't have any strong feelings for or against her previously, it was easy to kind of accept her as a new character altogether.  But that doesn't mean that I really felt any strong feelings for or against her in this book either.  I liked her, but not in that "I've got a new favorite character" type of giddiness.

Anyway, in the end, the book DID suck me right in as all the conflicts started coming to a head.  I really like the new twist to Grisha powers and hope to see it expounded on in the next book.  I never really expected this book to be a romance, and just as well, the whispers of the romances were a bit lacking in chemistry, as well as in credibility--this is something else that I'm hoping will be developed a bit more if we're going to pursue this line.

Also... are we going to see any other old favorites in the next book?  Inej?  Kaz?  Jesper?  Yes, please?  =P

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/02/some-ramblings-king-of-scars.html
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text 2019-02-13 17:19
Reading progress update: I've read 351 out of 592 pages.
Das Lied der Krähen: Roman (Glory or Grave, Band 1) - Michelle Reid,Leigh Bardugo GOOD GOD!!!!
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text 2019-02-10 15:57
Reading progress update: I've read 280 out of 592 pages.
Das Lied der Krähen: Roman (Glory or Grave, Band 1) - Michelle Reid,Leigh Bardugo

Did I already mention that I love these kids so damn much?!?!?!?

 
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