“I have been made to protect you. Only in death will I be kept from this oath.”
I want to get one thing straight here: Bardugo has single handedly become on of the best young adult, fantasy authors of our generation.
If you don’t agree, you are wrong.
Bardugo has created a masterpiece filled with amazing character development, intense chemistry, undying sarcasm, unrelenting action and twist you don’t see coming.
This is a story about “a gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, [and] a boy from Barrel who had become something worse.”
Six very different people get together for several different reasons, but with one goal in mind: to break in and out of The Ice Court. A notorious place that has never been breached and near impossible to break into.
Well, near impossible.
“We are all someone’s monster, Nina”
Nina and Matthias are like an upgraded version of Romeo and Juliet but they actually have history and they don’t kill themselves for each other. Instead they want to kill each other 70% of the time. Nina is a Grisha, someone with unnatural gifts, and Matthias is a Grisha hunter, a Fjerdan and once homed at The Ice Court. Both grew up on opposites sides of the war, but find themselves once again thrown together by Kaz. One for his freedom and honor, and one for the chance to go home.
Kaz basically runs the Dregs, though he didn’t grow up in the slums. He went to the city with his brother and is now set out on revenge. With his leather-gloved hands and his cane, Kaz will take down the one person he set out to, no matter who gets in his way, and this job is just what he needed.
The Wraith. Once sold as a type of slave, Inej was bought out and now is slowly but surely buying herself out by helping Kaz hold onto ever secret of anyone he needs under his thumb by climbing buildings, killing threats and being the spider on the wall. Eternally grateful for what Kaz did, Inej will help him with his impossible plan to break a wanted man out of The Ice Court. But that isn’t the only reason she would risk her life for him.
Jesper can’t get a hold of himself. He is in debt and that debt keeps getting bigger and bigger. So when Kaz offers a job that would pay off not just his debts but plenty to gamble on afterward, this sharp-shooter can’t pass it up. He may be over his head and it may make him a little anxious, but Jesper is all in and ready to go down with his story untold.
Wylan grew up wealthy. He had all the tutors, is great with numbers and equations and also plays the flute. He is a well rounded kid and had everything going for him. He was even going to inherit a very well-off business and live comfortably for the rest of his life. So why in the world is he with this group of heathens?
This story is not what I expected. Everyone has been freaking out about this series, but really that doesn’t tell me that it’s good.
I was hooked after the prologue that doesn’t even have any main characters in it. Doesn’t that tell you something about the writing?
I actually love the characters and hurt for them without feeling forced to feel that way. I never felt bored and I lost countless hours of sleep reading this book. Doesn’t that tell you something about the story?
“Six people, but a thousand ways this insane plan can go wrong.”
Oh don’t worry, at least five hundred of those ways happen. Nothing ever goes exactly as planned. Where’s the fun in that?