- Page Count: 465
- Release Date: September 29, 2015
- My Rating: 5 stars
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.
I went into this with insanely high expectations that nothing could possibly live up to, but ended up still loving it! The story’s like the Grisha version of Oceans Eleven?
I did think there were a lot of spoilers in this for the Grisha trilogy, though. (view spoiler) I’ve seen people say this can be read first, but I’m also not sure I would’ve followed everything as well if I had started here.
Everyone was right — the complex characters were the best part for sure!!! The diversity is so well done, too. And I love how nobody in this story is particularly “good.” I think Inej might be my favorite character, but I really did love them all! Leigh Bardugo is such a great storyteller… like I would read an entire book about every character’s backstory at this point. (Random, but I super loved all of the ice & snow too! A+ setting).
And I absolutely love how Kaz has a disability and PTSD without it become his identity or the focus of his story. He’s just going to deal with it and go about his badass life. Cure narratives have their place, but it’s nice to see a character coping with realistic struggles while also going about a larger story.
See my Q&A with author Leigh Bardugo!