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.
Basically, Kaz, the thief of thieves, has gathered the most dangerous people he can for the biggest heist ever. In a nutshell. It’s pretty entertaining if you ask me. There’s manipulation, there’s humor. There’s everything you could want in a book. Plus, plenty of action and fight scenes.
- it made the story more interesting – it was refreshing to have villains of sorts narrating the story. in fact, the only way the plot of this story would have worked is with the bad guys being the protagonists. it would have been a totally different book with a completely different plot if not for this.
- it made the story darker and deeper – and we all know I like a dark story. the characters were so complex and they all had their own complicated backstory (which was good but also too much sometimes)
- Kaz – the main-main character of the book. a talented locksmith who always has a plan. and a comeback that will #burn you. an evil mastermind who throughout the story gets slightly less evil because he’s falling for…
- Inej – an extremely graceful acrobat called “the Wraith.” basically, a living shadow who can disappear in plain daylight. has lots of knives. my favorite character in the book because she always makes the bad situations a little bit more bearable. also, all her flipping around reminds me of my gymnastics days which ended a couple months ago #goodtimes
- Nina – a grisha heartrender (or magical superhuman bean who can kill you without touching you) and cookie-lover. sassy and powerful.
- Matthias – mostly seems grumpy all the time but is a valuable addition to the group because they are breaking into Fjerda and he’s a Fjerdan. also, he and Nina are going the most powerful power couple of ever.
- Jesper – funny and keeps the books from being too dark (is there such a thing though?). loves to shoot things and gamble.
- Wylan – kinda seems just a teensy bit unnecessary to the story, but I actually like him. best described as “cute.”
I did think it was a little excessive to have all six perspectives though. In this aspect, I thought all of the backstories were too much. I definitely wish there was more of Kaz (he’s the main-main character and needs more time in the story!), and maybe a little less of Wylan/Matthias. I like them, but I don’t need that much of them though. The book was 450 pages long, and while I didn’t really mind this, some of the chapters with Wylan’s/Matthias’s POVs probably could have been cut out to make it a little more concise.