Waiting on Wednesday: Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights an upcoming release that you’re eagerly waiting for. The book that I’m talking about this week is one that I’ve seen on several “can’t wait to read” lists:

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Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: September 29, 2015

I’m actually cheating a bit on this one because I have, obviously, already started on this book. But I have to read it slowly, because it’s a physical copy and it’s autographed, which means I can’t take it to the mess hall or work or anywhere that I would normally read, for fear of damaging it!

Have you read Leigh’s Grisha Trilogy? If not, you should probably stop everything and pick up a copy of Shadow and Bone. It’s magic and romance and just stunning, and I would without hesitation say that it’s probably one of the best YA fantasy series ever.

So, Six of Crows. It’s set in the same universe as the Grisha books, but is a total stand-alone. And while I’m only halfway through it right now, I can already tell it’s going to be amazing!

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.

Why am I looking forward to this book? Or, better question, why should you also be excited about Six of Crows? It’s a heist novel, like Oceans Eleven but with teenagers and magic. As we’ve seen in her other books, Leigh does a great job of writing convincing and unique characters, and she has a knack for coming up with great dialogue. Plus, the early reviews are overwhelmingly positive:

Her characters are damaged, complex, and relatable, and her worldbuilding is ambitiously detailed. As various characters’ backstories unfold, Bardugo reveals intriguing new depths and surprises.  — Publishers Weekly

Cracking page-turner with a multiethnic band of misfits with differing sexual orientations who satisfyingly, believably jell into a family. — Kirkus

And in case you need another reason, the publicity art is gorgeous. I mean, look at Kaz (the Danny Ocean of our crew of thieves):

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I think this is going to be an excellent start to a fantastic new series, and I’m really excited for the release of this book so new readers can explore Leigh’s fantasy world and her delightful, complex, and unique group of outcasts!

Link to the Author’s Website

Pre-order the book: Publisher / Amazon (US) / IndieBound / Book Depository

Note: If you pre-order the book and submit a copy of the receipt through the author’s website, they’ll send you some awesome free swag!

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