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Six of Crows Duology / De kraaien serie by Leigh Bardugo

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List & Leugens
Kraai & Koninkrijk

Deze serie heeft mij erg verrast, het is mij aanbevolen door een goede vriendin van mij en ik ben blij dat ze dat heeft gedaan! Ik vond het GEWELDIG! Het is een verhaal vol, zoals de titel al zegt, list en leugens. Ik was verrast door deze serie omdat ik dacht dat het overhyped zou zijn, zoals De Hongerspelen of De doolhofrenner, van die series vond ik alleen het eerste boek leuk. Maar het is echt veel beter dan die series!

Ik vind het altijd fijn wanneer een verhaal, net zoals in het echte leven, meerdere verhaallijnen heeft, elk hoofdstuk vertelt het verhaal vanuit een ander persoon. Op deze manier leer je meer over het verhaal maar ook over de personen zelf. Daarnaast is er een hele andere wereld om te ontdekken, deze wereld kan je ook vinden in de andere serie van Leigh Bardugo: De Grisha trilogy. Ik heb die serie (nog) niet gelezen, maar die schijnt ook heel goed te zijn!

Het verhaal gaat over zes adolescenten, Inej, Jesper, Nina, Matthew, Wylan and Kaz. Zij moeten een belangrijk persoon redden uit een gevangenis, veel levens hangen van zijn bestaan af, uit een gevangenis van ijs. Deze serie zit vol spanning maar je kan ook humor vinden in deze serie. Ik heb echt op het puntje van mijn stoel gezeten van spanning, vooral bij het tweede boek Kraai & Koninkrijk.

Wat mij meteen opviel aan dit boek en mij ook een tijdje dwarszat zijn dat sommige namen Nederlands zijn, in Kerch: Ketterdam, Wijnstraat, Geldstraat, Joost van Poele en ga zo maar door. De namen zijn ook Joods. Wat niet heel gek is aangezien Bardugo uit Jeruzalem komt. Als je deze boeken in het Nederlands leest dan merk je hier denk ik niets van, omdat de rest ook in het Nederlands is.

Een vriendin stuurde mij dit: “Ravka is inspired by Tsarist Russia of the early 1800s, and Fjerda uses Scandinavia as a cultural touchstone. Kerch is a little more complex. It’s heavily influenced by the Dutch Republic of the 1700s, but it’s also got a little New York (New Amsterdam), Las Vegas, and Victorian London mixed in there.”  Bardugo said so herself
Korte Samenvatting: Ravka is gebaseerd op Rusland rond 1800, Fjerda is gebaseerd op Scandinaviƫ, wat ik zelf al vermoedde omdat Matthew blond haar en blauw ogen heeft, en het is koud in Scandinaviƫ. Kerch is gebaseerd op de Nederlandse Republiek in 1700 maar ook New York, Las Vegas (gokhallen en bordelen denk ik vooral) en het Victoriaanse Londen.

Deze serie was echt heel goed en ik kan het aan iedereen aanraden, zeker als je van Young-Adult en fantasy houdt en je niet per se een superheld in de boeken nodig hebt.

4/5 sterren

Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom

I want to thank my friend Vanessa to get me to read this series because I LOVED IT!

This serie is everything when you love scheming, thiefs, special people and lot of surprises!

I was surprised by this series, I thought that would be overhyped like The Hunger Games, The Maze Runer ect...but it is far from it!
I love that it has different Point of views and it is a whole new world there for you to discover. That “other world” is described in Leigh Bardugo’s other series “The Grisha” Trilogy. I haven’t read that one, but I’ve heard and read that is also really good!

The story is about six people, Inej, Jesper, Nina, Matthew, Wylan and Kaz who has to save a very important person, lives depends on him, out of prison made out of ice. This series is thrilling but it also contains humor. I was on the edge of my seat while reading it, especially during Crooked Kingdom.

Something "strange" and for non-Dutch people who read this in English this will mean nothing to you.. But the names from Kerch, are Dutch. Ketterdam, Wijnstraat, Geldstraat, Joost van Poele and so on. The names of the people are (also) Jewish, which makes sence because Leigh is from Jeruselam. I was “losing my mind” at first because it felt so weird. And for the people who read it in Dutch it won't be weird at all because everything is in Dutch. 

I confinded in my friend and she send me this: “Ravka is inspired by Tsarist Russia of the early 1800s, and Fjerda uses Scandinavia as a cultural touchstone. Kerch is a little more complex. It’s heavily influenced by the Dutch Republic of the 1700s, but it’s also got a little New York (New Amsterdam), Las Vegas, and Victorian London mixed in there.”  Bardugo said so herself.
I did already guess that Fjerda was Scandinavia, I guess because Matthew is blond and has blue eyes, also because it is cold there and Scandinavia can get very cold.. especially in the winter.

This series is so much more than I had expected! I can recommend this book to every person who loves YA, fantasy and doesn’t need heroes in every story.

The photo’s are from my friend, because I got the books as e-books.

4/5 stars!


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