Kaz Brekker, the criminal mastermind behind one of the gangs in the barrel of Ketterdam, takes on a job that requires the services of an elite team to successfully attempt an impossible heist. His team consists of five members of his gang from the Dregs and an ex soldier of the facility they are going to break into. This mission was not without its flaws, nor were the people involved. Kaz, as their leader, conducts each move of this heist using his knowledge of his team in a symphony of emotions and action. Leigh Bardugo writes an intriguing, well developed, dark tale that was as involved as a Game of Thrones novel, making me forget that I was reading a book about a crew of seventeen year olds.
There were several sub plots in this novel but the most involved revolves around Kaz. As the leader and mastermind, he is driven by his need for revenge against a rival gang leader, and his emotions for a girl, his Wraith. Kaz is the ultimate mystery, his team doesn’t know or understand his motives, and as we read the book, and his inner thoughts are revealed, we, the reader, know him better than any of his “friends”. The emotional bond we develop with Kaz, is in my opinion, the reason why this book is so successfully written. Only we know why he is so driven. Why he hides his feelings, and why, at the end of the novel he feels so much pain.
This novel was fantasy at its best. A world was created, one which I can’t wait to get back to in the second novel, Crooked Kingdom, which is out in hardback now.
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