Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

23437156Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Published by Henry Holt and Company on September 29, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Romance

Pages: 466 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

5/5 Stars

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz 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…

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.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

If I could give Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo all of the stars in the world I would. ALL OF THE STARS! This heist novel set in a fantasy world is everything I could have possibly wanted and yet so much more. This was the book I had been waiting for all year, the hype surrounding it was so high, and yet it actually exceeded my expectations. I built Six of Crows up in my head for months and Leigh Bardugo knocked it out of the park with these six down and out characters and their dangerous mission.

Set in the Grisha universe which Bardugo so expertly crafted in Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising, we find ourselves not in Ravka but in two new countries: Kerch and Fjerda. Each location has a rich cultural identity and a thriving landscape all their own and Bardugo’s masterful world building is on display yet again. From the slums of Ketterdam to the high walls of the Ice Court every delicious detail brings this story and world to life.

Each and every character in Six of Crows was unique and complex whether it was the six main players or the people in the background. The development of each person throughout the novel is handled so smoothly and the use of multiple POVs in the storytelling brings even more depth and intrigue to each of them. Leigh Bardugo excels at creating a unique voice for each character and weaving the past and the present together without it seeming forced.

I loved all of these characters so much and it is extremely hard to pick favorites. Plus I don’t want to give too much away! Kaz Brekker, Inej Ghafa, Nina Zenik, Matthias Helvar, Jesper Fahey, and Wylan Van Eck oh how I adore thee! It’s a testament to Leigh Bardugo’s brilliant writing that it is so hard to choose between characters that are so deeply flawed and yet so compelling. I was in love with them just from the snippets of writing that had come out before the release!

The storyline was so well crafted from start to finish. It’s dark and gritty with quite a few twists to keep the reader on their toes and question everything that is happening. It tugs at the heart and the tension is palpable throughout the novel. I would love to ask Leigh Bardugo so many questions about her writing style. How much she plans in advance? How she keeps it all straight while writing? It makes me want to be a better writer reading a book so utterly beautiful!

Overall Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is an absolutely stunning tale from start to finish with a universe and characters that simply seep through the pages and come to life before your eyes. This book consumed my soul and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Pick this book up immediately whether from a bookstore or library and if you haven’t read the Grisha trilogy do so as well. It’s not required to understand Six of Crows but you should do it anyway. Now give me the second book please!

Favorite Quotes

  1. “The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”
  2. “Besides, she was the Wraith-the only law that applied to her was gravity, and some days she defied that, too.”
  3. Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
    “Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
    “Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
    “Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
    “You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.
  4. “Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.”
  5. “The water hears and understands. The ice does not forgive.”

Have you read Six of Crows yet? Who was your favorite character or could you even pick just one? If you could pull a heist: what would you steal and who would you choose on your crew?

Tell me your thoughts, feelings, etc. in the comments!

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