Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.
The books starts pretty much where the last one left off. The crew is still recovering and shaken by the events at the end of book one.
I thought the last book was great but this one was epic.
I don’t want to say too much to not spoil it so I will make it a short review of this book.
Okay, like I said they are still recovering from the blow of the last book, but if you know Kaz from the last book you know that he has like five plans already made to get them back on track and the crew back together.
In this book we learn so much more about all the crew members, their past, their plans for the future, they hope and dreams and is a sad realty. Relationships are strengthened but there is always the question of who they can really trust. Who will betray them next? Which is a big part to each of them but also as a crew as a whole. Plus some people still fault others of the crew for the events that took place and are holding a pretty big grudge.
There are some big twists in the book, which I mostly loved. I loved the twists just maybe not the outcome.
There were some quite brutal scenes in this book that not only showed how far some crew member would go but also some of the things they have endured in their past. But to even it out there were also some pretty sweet moments in the book, as well some heartbreaking ones. I shed tears a few times throughout the book.
The end was epic and perfect (almost) for all the crew members. It was bittersweet and a little sad.
I know I will miss all the characters in this duology, It is hard to connect to some characters in books sometimes but to love every single one of them in one book or series is pretty freaking rare. And I did. I loved the entire crew that shared this epic journey, they were super engaging and made it almost impossible to not only love one but almost all. If I had to choose some of my favorite it would be Nina and Jes, but really I liked then all , each of them for something different.
I highly recommend this series.
Overall great book, lots of twist and turns, action, sorrow, great suspense, plus love and we get a little humor.
I rate this book a full 5 ★
Some of my favorite Quotes:
“I would have come for you. And if I couldn't walk, I'd crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we'd fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that's what we do. We never stop fighting.”
“Have any of you wondered what I did with all the cash Pekka Rollins gave us?"
"Guns?" asked Jesper.
"Ships?" queried Inej.
"Bombs?" suggested Wylan.
"Political bribes?" offered Nina. They all looked at Matthias. "This is where you tell us how awful we are," she whispered.”
“No mourners, no funerals. Another way of saying good luck. But it was something more. A dark wink to the fact that there would be no expensive burials for people like them, no marble markers to remember their names, no wreaths of myrtle and rose.”
“They were twin souls, soldiers destined to fight for different sides, to find each other and lose each other too quickly. She would not keep him here. Not like this.”
“I am grateful you're alive", he said. "I am grateful that you're beside me. I am grateful that you're eating."
She rested her head on his shoulder.
"You're better that waffles, Matthias Helvar."
A small smile curled the Fjerdan's lips.
"Let's not say things we don't mean, my love.”
Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising).
She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she’s lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. Her new book, Six of Crows, arrives fall 2015.
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
Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.
OMG, I can’t say enough, how much I loved this book.
I’ve been seeing good things all over the book world about this book and wanted to see what the fuzz is all about. Now I know and I can’t believe I have not read this book earlier.
I have not read any of the Grisha books so this world and the Grisha magic was new to me, but it is very easy to catch on and before you know it, you are part of the world.
Going into the book I thought it is about a heist and it really is but there is soooooo much more to it. All the characters couldn’t be more different from each other and each have different reason to go into it and risking their lives. But they wprk so great together as a group.
Each has such a deep and colorful background story that you can’t help to fall in love with them and or their story.
The book has a multi-point of view, each Characters has one and it switches with each chapter, at first I thought that it would be confusing but it really is not and it made the reading experience so much more fun and we get a much better understanding of that character and the world.
Over all I can’t say enough how much I loved this book. It is very very easy to get sucked into that world.
It is suspenseful, funny, and heartbreaking and just has a certain charm to it.
The ending blew me away and I can’t wait to see what happens next to this gang.
I just have to give this book a full 5 ★, because it just really is that great and I can only highly recommend it to everyone.
Some of my favorite quotes:
“I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”
“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”
“It's not natural for women to fight."
"It's not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.”
“I'm a business man," he'd told her. "No more, no less."
"You're a thief, Kaz."
"Isn't that what I just said?”
"But effective. Being angry at Kaz for being ruthless is like being angry at a stove for being hot.”