Leigh Bardugo crafted six very unique characters for this new series set in the Grisha world. The character development blew me away.
Can I just gush over Kaz Brekker for a second? The little street urchin lost everything and was reborn a cutthroat thief. We’re sucked into his reputation, and boy, does he live up to it. But as ruthless as our Dirtyhands is, he shows us his fears and concerns, basically that he isn’t the demon Matthias is convinced he is, through his idiosyncrasies he turns into legend.
The twists and turns in this plot were endless, and not solely concerned with the adventure the Crows take us on. We’re thrust into hints of romance, secret treasons, and outright death threats, all while each and every member of the team displays how wonderfully competent they are.
Bardugo made me root for them when I was sure they would fail, and slyly slipped their plans into the reading, just so I could be slapped in the face with “Of course! I never should have doubted you assholes!” after they managed to get by.
I cannot recommend this enough. If you want to fall in love with a gang of teenaged rats who will undoubtedly teach you there is real power in street smarts, man please, just read this. It’s so very well crafted and put together, and it was just a beautiful piece of literature.