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review 2018-06-09 11:42
Six Dangerous Outcast, One Impossible Heist.
Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

One of my regrets of reading is when I am on a reading slump and it happened on a book that really is very, very good. Six of Crows is one of the exceptional quest stories I have ever read that I should have read it at one go.


Welcome to the Grishaverse, in a place called Ketterdam. A place of international trading, where what you want can be done if its the right price. This is a place known to one Kaz Brekker, also known as 'Dirtyhands'. A young man that always wear gloves without taking them out, limps with a crow cane. He was offered a chance to be a rich man, an impossible heist that he can't do alone. He is going to need a crew of dangerous outcasts to make it work... if only his crew do not kill each other first.


Such is the premise of Six of Crows but what make's the first book of a duology works is how original it turn out to be. The characters, to each of their own, is uniquely deep and interesting. The interaction on the other hand is lively and beautifully draws me to their world. What's more - the world building itself is some thing I have never read and yet captivating. With how each chapter weaves its way into my heart, I slowly begin to take my moments in reading. My only regret was I took too damn long and I was on a reading slump. More than a month I completed it, which I should have finish in less than a week. Still, I don't see any flaws in this book at all. It has every thing I never expect as it turns out, is what I want in my reading pleasure. Six of Crows has one of my highest rating that really deserves a read.

 

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text 2018-05-31 02:57
Kaz hat einen Plan!
Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

Dieses Buch wurde mir angediehen mit den Worten: "Bestes Fantasybuch, dass ich seit langem gelesen habe!". Mhm. Schrauben wir unsere Erwartungen also mal angemessen hoch.

Drei Seiten später war ich gelangweilt. Fantasy scheint nicht mehr so ganz mein Metier zu sein. Ich fand es unglaublich schwierig mich in diese Welt reinzulesen. Ungeheuer viele Begrifflichkeit, die sie beschreiben und deshalb keinen Eindruck in meinem Gehirn hinterlassen. Fremdwörterduden lesen ist spannender, weil mehr Mehrwert!

Hat man sich dann erst mal reingelesen, ist es gar nicht mehr so übel. Außerdem habe ich eine Schwäche für die Arschloch-Protagonisten mit weichem Kern. Wenngleich Kaz schon außerordentlich scheiße drauf ist. Aber nicht ganz ohne Humor :D Was übrigens für fast alle Charaktere der Banditengruppe gilt. 

Fazit? Ich verbleibe neutral mit dem Urteil: Kann man lesen und vertreibt die Zeit anständig mit vielen Sympathiepunkten für blöde Witze am Wegesrand. Minus für Erleuchtung. Könnte aber auch daran liegen, dass die wenigsten Fantasybücher Erleuchtung bringen XD

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review 2018-05-26 21:47
A Feast For Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4)
A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin

Oh, book, I wish I could quit you. :P

 

This is the shortest book so far in the series. I originally thought I'd have it finished by early April. Yes, real life stuff got in the way and I had to go some weeks without reading even a single chapter, but I wasn't exactly pining to get back to Westeros like I was in ASOS, and I think the main reason for that was the POV switches.

 

There was too much time spent with horrible, awful characters (all of the Ironmen, Cersei) and not enough of the characters I wanted to spend time with (virtually everyone else). It was cool to see Dorne, but without a single focal point for those chapters it felt just as hodgepodge as the Ironborn ones did. As for Cersei, I had hopes for her POV when her chapters started, but good lord y'all. She is Trump in a dress. No thank you. The ending was sweet but not worth the journey to get there.

 

However, I loved getting to see Brienne's POV, though it was often depressing, because she's such an amazing character and easily my favorite of the favorites (sorry Samwell). Hell, I enjoyed being in Jaime's head. Somewhere along the way I started rooting for that turdmeister and he didn't disappoint. Watching him snark at everyone was a real treat too. I wanted to see a lot more of Arya and Samwell. Not so much Sansa, but that's mostly because of Littlefinger and not Sansa herself.

 

And what the hell was that prologue about? It set up absolutely nothing else that happened in the book until the final chapter from what I could tell. Weird.

 

I had such high hopes for a Brienne-Catelyn action duo too. :(

 

So lots of awful, which is par for the course, but not enough of the good guys to balance out the bad. 

 

The top five Worst Evers for this book:

Cersei 

Qyburn 

Lord Tarly 

Euron Crow Eye 

Victarion

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-24 03:06
Crooked Kingdom
Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows was so good it would be hard to make a sequel but Leigh Bardugo succeeded with Crooked Kingdom begin even better. The plot was even more complicated than in Six of Crows but just as easy to follow. There where so many twists and turns; so much plotting and countering it blew my mind. In this book we get to experience so much character development; Kaz starts to become more human, we see more of Pekka Rollins and explore the fears of each member of the team. We got input from Wylan how his appearance effects him and Jesper both. Bardugo sets up Kaz and Inej and it is interesting to explore why their relationship is so cautious whereas Jesper and Wylan can love each other with no strings attached. Inej can see the good in Kaz but believes that if he doesn't give up parts of the monster he has created of himself she can't help him and will move on with her life. It almost saddens me that she found a purpose and will leave the gang. It makes sense that she will hunt slavers and I hope that one day Kaz can join her. I think that would help them both work though their fears. Jesper is a particularly interesting charter because unlike all the others he has a live to go back to and chose life in the barrel. His need for risk drove him to the barrel and gambling. I think that if Jesper's father had understood that need Jesper would not have become a gambler and sharpshooter. Although Nina is my least favorite character the new development in her grisha power is intriguing and I wished there was more time to explore it. I understand why the Bardugo had Mathias killed; it had to happen to further the character of Nina. After Mathias is killed Nina goes through stages of wanting to bring him back with her newfound character and hating herself for not being able to heal him, she decided that it was even more important to make more of the druskelle see their point of view on the grisha. Wylan was intriguing to me because unlike everyone else he came a very privileged background and had one flaw that took it all away from him. He dealt with it exceptionally well considering that he cant read. I wish there was another book that included all of these characters. I am seriously considering writing a fan fiction in a time after they are all settled into their new rolls.  

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-20 02:50
Six of Crows
Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows and it's sequel Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo are my favorite books of all time. I have recently bought the books and already read both twice. I would read it a third time but I should read other books instead.

 

 I love how the story is told from the perspective of all the main characters I just which we had Wylan's view for the first book. The backstories are so well thorough that the characters could leap into the real world and have a perfect alibi. The plot was so well thought up that I thought it might actually be used to break into a prison.

 

 

Spoiler

Most twists I could not see coming, but I did guess that Nina would take the parem. I love how Kaz has a huge fear of touch and has to wear gloves but he lets people speculate about claws or blood stains. And I never would have guessed that Jesper was grisha! He hid it so well, it was like he just forgot about it.

 

"No mourners; no funerals."

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