When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.
Fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows and Grishaverse–rejoice! It’s very nearly publication date for the second book in the Six of Crows Duology. To celebrate the upcoming release of Crooked Kingdom, we are happy to be a stop on the official blog tour, focusing on one particular character in Kaz Brekker’s daring crew: Inej.
Both Leigh Bardugo and we smugglers share what we love so much about the talented spy, and offer up a chance to enter the official Cooked Kingdom blog tour giveaway in the comments below.
Inej by Kevin Wada
From Leigh Bardugo:
Inej really began as a skillset. I knew I needed an acrobat for the heist, and I’d touched on the Suli (and the way they were viewed and treated by the Ravkans) in the Grisha Trilogy. But I really didn’t understand how much she’d come to mean to me and how important she’d be to the way I saw the story. As far as I’m concerned, she’s the heart of the duology.
Six Reasons We Love Inej:
- Her moniker is “The Wraith.” Not “spider” or anything else. Because while she’s quick, silent, sure-footed, and graceful, she also moves like a ghost in the night and strikes terror into the hearts of her marks.
- Inej knows true sadness and despair… Her past is a hard one, having been snatched from her family as a child and sold into indentured servitude for the Menagerie–aka the pleasure district. Inej has lived the hard life of a slave to a pleasure house and her greatest fear is being made to return. Everything Inej does has a purpose; instead of collapsing on herself or being paralyzed by fear, she hones her fear into skill (and in the process becomes the best damn spy the city has ever seen).
- …and recognizes friendship and camaraderie. The relationship between Inej and Nina is awesome and understated and powerful. These two women not only ensure that Six of Crows passes the Bechdel Test, but make for a more nuanced and relationship-focused heist story. The scene where the two are trying to get into the Ice Court and are cut off from the rest of the group is a particular favorite.
- She has no delusions. Inej would rather die than return to servitude. She’s a little
- She refuses to settle for anything less. Sorry Kaz. Inej is an all-or-nothing kind of girl, and DAMN she has the willpower to do what she wants and not settle for anything less than what she deserves.
- She is the best damned acrobat and thief in the Grishaverse. She scales impossible castle walls! She gets stuck by a knife up to the hilt but manages to fight and climb and live. She. Is. A. Badass.
About the Author:
Born in Jerusalem, Leigh grew up in Los Angeles and is a graduate of Yale. She has written for 20th Century Fox and LA Weekly, among others. For more in the Grishaverse, read the original trilogy: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising.
From September 21 to September 26, bloggers in the US and UK will be paired up to share the secrets of Kaz’s crew as we count down to the publication of Crooked Kingdom.
Enter for a chance to win a Crooked Kingdom prize package full of US AND UK swag by commenting on all 12 blog posts by 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, October 3, 2016.