Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 

Even if you haven’t read the Grisha trilogy, you can still read Six of Crows. It’s set in the same world but rather than in the Russian counterpart in this book we travel to what in our world would be Holland. Kaz Brekker, a gifted thief is offered more money than he could possibly dream of, if he’ll agree to pull off a near impossible heist. He knows he can’t do it on his own, so he puts together a team. They’re a ragtag group, that doesn’t particularly trust each other, yet the world may depend on their success for survival. 

Six of Crows is told from multiple perspectives, although some are much more frequent than others. The third person narration works well for this because it allows the reader to still be surprised by what the characters do or say, as well making it easier to distinguish who’s narrating. 

Each character was very different and all of them were well developed. Although I felt that by the end the ones I knew the most were Kaz and Inej, I thought that at all of them had been written so well.

The plot of this story is outwardly simple-just steal the jurda parem, and by extension possibly save the world. Yet because each character has their own story and motivations, there’s so much going on throughout the book. 

There are also so many things that you don’t see coming.