A copy of this book was gifted to me by the publisher. They made it clear that it was a gift and did not have any requirements to review.
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.
If you follow me on social media you know I’m a big fan of all things Leigh Bardugo. I’ve met her at a signing and I think I was the most nervous I’ve ever been meeting an author. We talked about old fantasy novels we both loved. I was so star-struck I’m not sure I even formed coherent sentences. So, you can probably imagine, when I opened that package for SoC I cried. I flailed. I was awestruck. And, I didn’t wait at all before dropping all things to read the glorious book in my hands.
I’ve sat on this review since JULY and I’ve still not been able to adequately write anything. Here’s what I wrote directly after reading the book and these two lines have been sitting in my drafts since…
I really feel that the writing in SoC was even stronger than in the prior three books.
I love Kaz and I desperately need more backstory. I loved how brutal he could be but also the insights into his self doubt and past
I think it’s safe to say this book left me somewhat speechless. I really do think that it builds upon the past Grisha world and has just enough hints of the first three books to give fans a wink, but for me, I don’t think new fans would be lost or unable to grasp the world. I’d love to hear from someone who’s not read the prior books if SoC was easy to digest for them.
As with all of Bardugo’s books the characters are well rounded and developed. As I mentioned above-Kaz was so incredibly well done and will forever hold a place as a favorite character. He was so complex and the tidbits into his past were so heartbreaking. I also loved his dialog and he is truly my favorite type of character.
And for those that wonder about the romance– there was just the right amount that kept you eager for more but never overtook the story. Bardugo added in just the perfect amount of swoony scenes and kept me shipping one couple so very badly it was painful to finish the book.
And speaking of the end of the book…it was rather painful because where it leaves off you’ll be desperate for more and yet…we’ll all have to wait.
Just to recap you’ll probably enjoy this book if you are a fan of…
- sweeping world
- incredible characters
- shippy romance
- leaves you desperate for more
As I was trying to brainstorm words that might possibly describe my feelings towards the book I decided I’d draw a bit. I present to you…a crow. My son saw my drawing today and decided that he wanted to draw his own ‘finished’ crow. He was upset I didn’t draw the crow in its entirety.