‘No mourners, no funerals’
Six of Crows is a fantasy duology, which takes place in a world inspired by the Dutch in the 17th Century. The main city, Ketterdam, also draws its inspiration from Amsterdam. Set in the centre of this bustling hub is infamous thief, Kaz Brekker who is offered a large sum of money to steal a scientist from the Ice Court in a nearby country, Fjerda. This scientist has discovered an addictive drug that enhances the powers of the Grisha, people with magical abilities.
Kaz assembles a team of six outcasts: Inej, Wylan, Nina, Matthias and Jesper. “They may be the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.”
This is one of the most amazing book series I have read. As this is a hybrid between historical fiction and fantasy, it perfectly fits into my favourite genre of books. There are many classic elements of a childhood fairy tale as well as the tension and suspense of an action novel. There are several moments in the book where things may be looking up for the main characters until they are faced with unfortunate situations.
For me, one of the highlights of this series is the characters. Often, when there are so many characters, it is hard to focus on a single one. However, in this duology, every character is developed so well over the two books. I feel like I am taken on an adventurous yet emotional journey with them. Although the book is set in an almost out-of-this-world universe, it is remarkably easy to relate to the 6 characters, as they are young adults as well.
I strongly recommend anyone who loves fantasy and/or adventure to read this fantastic duology. I read this book around 3 years ago and am still in love with the characters.