I’m so thrilled to be hosting the final stop on the Crooked Kingdom international blog tour, celebrating the eagerly anticipated sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling Six of Crows! I’m here to introduce our favourite thief and cutthroat Kaz Brekker with exclusive thoughts by author Leigh Bardugo. The excitement is real guys! Gorgeous artwork up ahead by Kevin Wada.
On writing Kaz Brekker
by Leigh Bardugo
When I set out to write Six of Crows, I really wasn’t interested in writing about a “merry band of thieves,” and Kaz makes it clear he’s not some character out of a bedtime story who takes from the rich to give to the poor. He isn’t charming. He isn’t smooth. He’s just the toughest, most ruthless kid in the room, and I have to admit, I love writing him.
Six Reasons Why I love Kaz Brekker
Kaz has survived and thrived against the odds:
“A boy whose only cause was himself. Still he was a survivor, and his own form of soldier.”
Kaz went on to become someone to fear in the Dregs:
“I’m the kind of bastard they only manufacture in the Barrel.”
“The boy they called dirty hands didn’t need a reason any more than he needed permission – to break a leg, sever an alliance, or change a man’s fortunes with the turn of a card.”
So he’d found himself a Fabricator and had his cane made. It became a declaration. There was no part of him that was not broken, that had not healed wrong, and there was no part of him that was not stronger for having been broken. The cane became part of the myth he built.
Kaz owns who and what he is:
“I’m a business man” he’d told her. “no more, no less.”
“You’re a thief, Kaz.”
“Isn’t that what I just said?”
“I’m not some character out of a children’s story who plays harmless pranks and steals from the rich to give to the poor. There was money to be made and information to be had.”
Kaz is commands respect and confidence:
“Being angry at Kaz for being ruthless is like being angry at a stove for being hot. You know what he is.”
“Sure of yourself, aren’t you Brekker?
“Myself and nothing else.”
Kaz is a realist:
“If it were a trick, I’d promise you safety. I’d offer you happiness. I don’t know if that exists in the Barrel, but you’ll find none of it with me.”
“Pretty sure most of us don’t have ‘stalwart’ or ‘true’ checked off on our resumes.”
Kaz doesn’t show he cares often, but when he does…:
“Kaz felt himself drawn toward her voice like water rolling downhill.”
“He was afraid for you.”
“Kat isn’t afraid of anything.”
“You should have seen his face when he brought you to me.”
“I’m a very valuable investment.”
About Crooked Kingdom
Game of Thrones meets Ocean’s Eleven: science and superstition collide in the epic sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling SIX OF CROWS by the highly acclaimed Leigh Bardugo: enter CROOKED KINGDOM.
You met six dangerous outcasts, and watched as they took on one impossible heist in Six of Crows…
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
Now follow as they attempt to survive their success and make their way in Ketterdam’s new world order.
After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn – and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld.
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist in the notorious Ice Court so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.
Double-crossed and left crippled by a kidnapping, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope.
Powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.
A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
About Leigh Bardugo
#1 New York Times bestseller Leigh Bardugo is the author of the Grisha books (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising). Born in Jerusalem, Leigh grew up in Los Angeles and is a graduate of Yale. She has written for 20th Century Fox and the L.A. WEEKLY among others.
Find the world of SIX OF CROWS and CROOKED KINGDOM at http://www.grishaverse.com and follow Leigh via her website at www.leighbardugo.com and on Twitter @lbardugo, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lbardugo/ and Tumblr: http://lbardugo.tumblr.com
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From 21/9 – 26/9, bloggers in the US and UK will be paired up to share the secrets of Kaz’s crew as we count down to publication of Crooked Kingdom. Check out the other stops on the tour!
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