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Six of Crows: Six Dangerous Outcasts, One Impossible Heist MP3 CD – Super Audio CD, 27 septembre 2016
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- Éditeur : Audible Studios on Brilliance audio; Unabridged édition (27 septembre 2016)
- Langue : Anglais
- ISBN-10 : 1522609733
- ISBN-13 : 978-1522609735
- Poids de l'article : 99 g
- Dimensions : 16.51 x 1.59 x 13.97 cm
- Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon : 23 en Policiers droit et criminalité pour adolescents
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Et bien le charme a opéré puisque les 512 pages de la VO sont passées très rapidement. Cependant, je dois dire que le début du livre est nettement moins prenant que le reste car il met beaucoup de temps à faire entrer en scène tous les personnages du "Six", à placer les éléments de compréhension de l'univers (peuples, castes, pouvoirs) et surtout à faire démarrer la vraie intrigue, celle tant attendue : l'exécution du casse impossible.
J'ai été surprise par l'univers qui mélange des éléments de fantasy classique à de la technologie comme les flingues ou même... les tanks ! Dans les noms de famille ou de lieux on sent des références à des cultures et pays concrets comme la Hollande, la Russie, etc. Il y a quelque chose de vraiment très moderne dans cette série, ce qui lui permet de se démarquer.
La narration à cinq voix est bien gérée. Construite de façon à dévoiler la personnalité et le passé des personnages petit à petit, en plus de faire avancer l'intrigue principale. On sent cependant la volonté de l'autrice de manipuler le lecteur en utilisant de façon insistante et fréquente certains points de vue, ou en en omettant d'autres à des moments stratégiques. Un peu à l'image de Kaz, le cerveau du groupe, qui a souvent plusieurs coups d'avance mais qui ne dévoile rien totalement à personne pour ménager ses effets. Le doute est néanmoins toujours présent, car on ne sait jamais vraiment quand cette manipulation s'applique et quand on a vraiment affaire à un retournement inattendu. Alors on est toujours dans l'attente d'un rebondissement et d'un potentiel contre-rebondissement dans la foulée.
L'intrigue en elle-même est plutôt simple finalement, elle s'appuie essentiellement sur ses personnages et plus particulièrement sur la compassion et l'empathie que tous leurs passés sordides et/ou malheureux suscite chez le lecteur. Avec le recul de la fin de lecture, je regrette même une trop grande facilité dans l’exécution du plan.
J'avais quelques appréhensions du fait du classement Young Adult et des héros adolescents, mais ils sont bien construits et suffisamment matures de par leur vécu pour être attachants et non agaçants. Le seul bémol, pour moi, est ce besoin qu'a l'autrice de développer des romances pour tous les personnages dès le départ de sa série. Certaines sont bien intégrées, d'autres font vraiment parasite.
Je n'ai pas ressenti d'affinités plus prononcées pour un personnage en particulier car ils sont tous relativement très bien développés. Mais si je devais en distinguer un plus que les autres, alors je choisirais Nina. C'est celui qui me parait le plus cohérent dans son évolution et sa façon d'être.
Je dois dire que Kaz ne m'a pas plus emballée que ça, bien qu'il soit le personnage principal, possède un charisme indéniable, une intelligence impressionnante et une psychologie des autres très poussée. Il est bien trop torturé, tordu et arrogant pour moi et, surtout, pas assez développé au final. On le voit surtout par le prisme des autres membres du groupe et de cette image qu'il cultive, tout cela manquant de vérité et de sincérité pour saisir l'essence du personnage et s'en rapprocher. C'est le résultat à double tranchant de la narration à plusieurs points de vue qui revient peu sur le sien pour ne pas gâcher les effets de surprise.
Pour finir, la lecture en VO s'est avérée très agréable malgré un vocabulaire spécifique un peu difficile à acquérir qui ralenti la progression dans les cent premières pages. Mais une fois la difficulté surmontée, le style de l'autrice est très fluide et percutant. Bien que l'univers soit assez noir, amenant la série aux portes de la Dark Fantasy, il y a beaucoup d'humour. Le vrai plus étant les dialogues bien menés qui rendent les interactions entre les personnages vivantes et savoureuses par le placement de bons mots.
En conclusion, une série qui fait un bon départ avec ce premier tome et dont j'aurai plaisir à retrouver bientôt sa bande de malfaiteurs pour la suite de leurs aventures. Et qui sait, peut-être même pousserais-je la découverte de son univers en lisant aussi la Grisha Trilogy de la même autrice ?
Six of Crows is the first Leigh Berdugo book that I’ve inhaled and I will forever be a fan.
There are 6 main bad-ass characters and each chapter is dedicated to one of them, allowing you to deeply connect with each one. They all come from very different and tough backgrounds, and they all have their own reasons for doing what they do (no spoilers!).
“A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse.”
There is an insane amount of action and the plot is full of twists and surprises. There is also some magic but not the same type (or amount) we find in the Grisha series. Of course, there is also love, but the romantic moments are so brief and intense that it feels natural and in my case, makes you want to reread the romantic lines a couple of times to savor that peaceful moment amidst chaos.
“I would have come for you. And if I couldn't walk, I'd crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we'd fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that's what we do. We never stop fighting.”
The heist is spectacular and well-though-out; the author did an incredible job doing her research.
Usually, I would think that a large cast and a complicated plot would not be a good idea, but everything in this book is epic and I wish someone would just take my word for it and read it (so far I have failed in convincing any of my friends to read it) so that we can discuss it’s amazingness.
“This isn't a job for trained soldiers and spies. It's a job for thugs and thieves.”
Par SweetMeetsEvil le 6 novembre 2018
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People have been recommending Six of Crows to me for a long time now. It's a book I've always meant to get to - who doesn't love a heist story? - but this year I finally sat back, opened it up and was sucked into the seedy underbelly of Leigh Bardugo's fantasy world.
As someone who hasn't read Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy this world was entirely new to me, and I loved it. 2018 feels like the year in which I'm rediscovering my first love, fantasy, after several years of being intimidated by it for a reason I still can't quite put my finger on, and Ketterdam has to be one of my favourite fantastical places now purely because Bardugo brings it to life so vividly.
While Ravka, which we hear of but don't go to in this book, seems to be a Russian-inspired country, there's no doubt in my mind that Ketterdam is a fantastical version of Amsterdam, with its waterways, merchant-run economy, and the entire districts whose cogs are kept whirring by a constant stream of gambling and prostitution. The Barrel, not at all dissimilar from Amsterdam's Red Light District, is ruled by gangs, and one gangster in particular has Ketterdam in his pocket.
Kaz Brekker is one of the most compelling protagonists I have come across in a fantasy novel in a long time. From the blurb I thought he would be very different to the kind of boy he is, but I love how Bardugo has imagined him; she straddles the line between 'criminal prodigy' and 'only a 17 year old' beautifully, creating a character who's had to grow up far too fast and has the dirt of the worst and best of humanity wedged under his fingernails. He's like that first sip of a bitter coffee in human form. It was also so refreshing to read about a protagonist who needs the assistance of a cane to walk and I'd like more protagonists like this please!
What makes Six of Crows really sing is its characters. The setting is brilliant and the plot is wonderful, but the characters are what make this book - dare I say it - perfect. Alongside Kaz we have his right-hand woman Inej Ghafa, who was stolen from her home and her family as a child and sold into human trafficking before she began working for the Dregs. Known as the Wraith, she's an expert at going undetected and is yet another example of Bardugo's wonderfully complex characters. Inej's faith is important to her and her morality is something she struggles with when she has essentially become Kaz's personal assassin, but how else is she supposed to survive in a land that sees her as a commodity that can be sold for profit?
I loved Bardugo's exploration of religion through Inej and through Matthias, another protagonist from Fjerda, the country next to Ravka, who has essentially been raised in a cult of witch hunters whose own religion teaches that Grisha aren't human. Like all six of the protagonists in Six of Crows, Matthias has found himself washed up in Ketterdam by accident, beginning the novel in prison thanks to a Grisha, Nina, who serves as another protagonist. I'll be saying this for all of them, but I loved Nina, too. A child soldier from Ravka, she was forced to work with Matthias, a boy trained to kill her, after the ship they were on sank and they found their way to Ketterdam. Nina is bubbly and vivacious and loves food - who doesn't? - and I particularly loved her friendship with Inej. There's no competition between them, just the utmost affection and respect and when I say I want more female friendships this is what I mean.
Then we have Jesper Fahey, another member of the Dregs who loves gambling and guns a little too much, but another character who is complex and, though flawed, incredibly loyal to Kaz. I adored his sense of humour and his shameless bisexuality. Finally there's Wylan, a boy with a knack for explosives and keeping secrets. He's the kind of character that grows on you as the story progresses, and once you get to know him you can't help but love him.
Six of Crows works because each of its protagonists are fleshed out and such fun to follow separately, but they also have brilliant chemistry as a group, too, which is for the best considering they have to rely on each other to pull off a heist that's believed to be impossible. Kaz makes a deal with one of Ketterdam's merchants to break into the Fjerdan Ice Court - a place that has never been breached - and smuggle out a prisoner associated with a drug that, when used on Grisha, turns them into unstoppable weapons who crave the drug more and more and eventually die as nothing more than husks of their previous selves.
Kaz doesn't take on this mission out of the goodness of his heart to liberate the Grisha who are being mistreated or to bring order back to the world of the merchants, he takes on the mission because each of them will be rewarded with an inordinate amount of money that will pay off their individual debts and set them up comfortably for life. What ensues is a twisty, turny heist story that keeps you guessing at every turn and makes you genuinely worry for the characters' safety. I love that Bardugo doesn't make this story safe. Kaz has a plan and his plan has a plan, but when things go wrong - and they really do - these kids are forced to improvise if they're going to live to claim their reward.
It's been a few months now since I finished this book and I'm still thinking about it. The plotting and character development is exquisite. I fell for this book and these characters and this world so hard, and it's safe to say that this duology is now one of my all-time favourite series and this book has definitely earned a spot on my favourite books of all-time list. It was such fun to read, and it reignited not only my love for fantasy but also my love for YA done well. I escaped into a different world where all the threats and the tears and the love and the smiles felt real, and I will be gushing about it for a long time. And I'm not sorry.
So I finally yielded to peer pressure and picked it up last month.
I was a bit nervous about it because I was not well versed in the Grishaverse and because of the hype. The initial few chapters didn’t do anything to allay my fears. But I hate dnf-ing books and decided to stick with it. And boy- oh -boy, was I glad I did that.
Eventhough there was too much of the world and the characters to get used to, once you get oriented, the book is unputdownable. The fact that it is a heist rather than a revolution, which is the norm for fantasy, made it all the more interesting.
The care with which the characters are created is evident in each and every page of the book. Eventhough I loved Kaz, Mathias, Nina, Jesper and Wylan, Inej managed to borrow a tiny corner of my heart. There are either character driven novels or plot driven novels. It is extremely rare to find a book where both the plot and the characters are both so well developed and well etched that they sweep you off your feet. Hats off to Leigh Bardugo for managing to do that with such èlan.
Everything you need, SoC has it. Humor, romance, friendships, twists, turns and lots and lots of action. It as an epic tale of complex characters, amazing word building and a gripping plot.
The hype is real people. I repeat THE HYPE IS REAL!!! It would be a crime to miss this one. Stop procrastinating!!!
What happened to the rest of the book? Really disappointed that this finished with such a cliff hanger.
I hate it when books are released and the story finishes half way through. There is no real end to speak of it just stops abruptly.
So many questions are left unanswered - I shall not be buying the next book. Disgusted that I paid over £10 for this book - its going straight in the bin.
I was so unengaged when I first tried to read Six of Crows back in March. I couldn't put my finger on it - it just wasn't clicking for me, and I stopped at around 25%. But four months down the line and it was like I was reading it with completely new story.
There's something about the concept that makes this book so consuming. A world of magic and underlying disorder, six criminals and a hiest. It's hard not to get sucked in.
I adore stories with an ensamble of characters and the fact that they are a band of misfits makes it all the better. We've got:
- Kaz, a young criminal mastermind who runs the streets
- Inej, a brilliant spy who can vanish in the blink of an eye
- Nina, a confident Grisha with the power to kill with a look
- Matthias, a witch hunter who is presumed dead
- Jesper, a gambling gunslinger who loves the rush of a fight
- and Wylan, a runaway rich kid with a gift for mechanics
Together they are the Crow Club, and they take on an suicide mission for wealth beyond their wildest dreams. How awesome is that?!
The characters are awesome, but there are a lot of them. Each of them have their own backstory which I think took a lot of time out of the book from the present day plot, and away from there being any solid protagonist. I would have preferred a fully omniscient 3rd person narrator rather than abrupt changes in 3rd person perspectives, which would've made reading more like shifting from one character's mind to another, which would've made connecting the puzzle pieces of the characters and their motives a lot more fun than simply being told.
Despite Six of Crows being a spin off of The Grisha series, reading them isn't necessary to fully enjoy this book. The worldbuilding and development had all the flare of a standalone story, and it was so good to see it from the eyes of such a diverse range of characters. It really enabled the world to expand to beyond a couple of locations, which makes it unique to other fantasy novels which tend to focus only on one.
Six of Crows is a YA story that is fresh and new from anything I've read before - it's no wonder it's taken the blogosphere by storm. Take note, other writers - this is how you grab your readers.
Diversity Note: POC and queer protagonists
Warnings: blood, torture, violence
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker 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.
Oh, how I've missed my angsty YA stories.
I'm a sucker for a book filled with twists and heartache. Six of Crows has certainly help fill the Cassandra Clare void I've been in since Clockwork Princess!
I've had this book a while and finally caved to the Kaz Brekker hype...
And I'm here to stay for it!
This book was full of twists and turns (predictable in that I never doubted Kaz always had something up his sleeve).
The writing style was addictive enough that it pulled me through the multiple character POVs. I tend to have a habit of skimming through 'lesser characters' POVs in most stories - but I found that I enjoyed reading through all five of them in Six of Crows.
I'm emotionally invested in each of the main characters and that's rare for me. They all have their own horrific backgrounds and I can't wait to read through their development in the next book!
I'm diving straight into Crooked Kingdom because if my heart is going to be broken - I just want to get it over with!
“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”
Kaz knew death. He could feel its presence on the ship now, looming over them, ready to take his Wraith. He was covered in her blood.
The autumn leaf might cling to its branch, but it was already dead. The only question was when it would fall.
A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse.
She’d laughed, and if he could have bottled the sound and got drunk on it every night, he would have. It terrified him.