The streets of Ketterdam are bustling with international trade, and a new drug has been introduced onto the streets— jurda parem, capable of heightening any Grisha’s powers beyond their control.
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker is offered the chance to orchestrate the heist of a lifetime: find the scientist who created jurda parem and Kaz will be rich beyond his wildest dreams. Together with his chief spy, The Wraith, he puts together a team of Ketterdam’s most notorious criminals: a Fjerdan convict out for revenge; a Heartrender soldier with a complicated past; a sharp shooter with a gambling problem; and a runaway with a penchant for bomb-making. Together, they will take on one of the greatest heists in history…or die trying.
We admit, these books had been on our radar for a while. It seemed like everyone and their mother was raving about Bardugo’s fantasy novels on Goodreads. So when the books were turned into a Netflix original TV show, we finally took the plunge— and boy are we so glad we did!
We love a good heist of any sort, so we knew we wanted to start with Six of Crows as our first dip into the Grishaverse! This book drew us in from the beginning. We loved the characters and Bardugo is one of the best world builders in YA fantasy. Her characters— every single one of them— were compelling, and though they had questionable moral compasses, we couldn’t help but root for them.
Kaz Brekker was basically the other reason we picked up this series first! Kaz is beloved by the YA Goodreads scene and we needed to know why. And now we do! He’s a total badass with the most brilliant mind and quick wit. His story was definitely the most interesting and we were dying to know what motivated him in his pursuit for revenge.
We also loved Nina for her fierce personality and loyalty to her country. Her banter with Matthias— our sweet Matthias— left us swooning. We also loved Inej, who brought out the best in Kaz. We definitely want to see more of their romance! Rounding out the crew were Jesper and Wylan, who had us laughing with their antics and dislike for one another. We’re invested in seeing where their story goes!
The plot had us hooked from the beginning, especially their journey from Ketterdam to Fjerda, when some key details about certain characters’ histories were revealed. Bardugo seamlessly weaved these characters’ stories together, along with those from the companion series. Not to mention the amazing world building! Sometimes fantasy novels get too bogged down in the details, but Bardugo knew how to balance world building with character development.
Overall we see what the hype was about, and we’d definitely read more of Bardugo’s Grishaverse books. Up next: binging the Netflix show! Have you watched the show yet? Let us know in the comments!