Title: Six of Crows
Series: Six of Crows, #1
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publishing Date: September 29th 2015
Number of Pages: 465
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows 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 a Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they dont kill each other first.
Saints, I wish I have read this book way sooner.
Six of Crows is my first read from Leigh Bardugo. If you haven’t read any Leigh Bardugo book yet, and if you’re to ask me, I would suggest for you to read Shadow and Bone trilogy first before going into Six of Crows. Because that’s what I would have done if I had known. Although it’s also alright for you to read Six of Crows without reading Shadow and Bone because this is a completely different story. It’s just that it would be easier to get into their world and understand it and the Grishas once you’ve read Shadow and Bone already which as far as I know, focuses on the Grishas. That would be a good help to easily understand the Grisha and not get lost in their world here in Six of Crows.
It took me more than a hundred pages in to really enjoy this book. Honestly, I almost doubted the love this book is receiving from the community – which apparently is the main reason why I finally picked this one up. I spent more than a hundred pages learning and getting familiar with their world and some of the characters. If its world building was not that incredible and the story itself was not interesting from the very start I would have probably been bored. But being a book with more than 400 pages, I sooner realized that more than a hundred pages of getting familiar to its world is just alright. After the introduction to its world and its characters, I finally slowly saw the Six of Crows people are raving about.
Six of Crows is about the broken ones, the survivors, the fighters, the spies, the thieves. First and foremost, I really love the characters of this book. I connected to them and felt each of them. I loved how flawed, how imperfect they were which made them feel so human and so easy to love and understand. They’re also quite diverse. Each is different from the other. Each has a very interesting story of their own. Each is a survivor. Each has a skill I admired. And each is a total bad ass.
Meeting the Dregs and Kaz’ own crew made me think how boring my life is. To think that I was even a year older than most of them, they’d done so much more. Though, there’s no way I’ll trade my life to theirs no matter how exciting their life is because it also comes with great amount of danger and I don’t think I would have survived what they had survived.
I liked how it was told on different point of views. I enjoyed how it made me see through different perspectives or angles and it gave me a wider picture of what was happening. This allowed me to understand or partly understand all sides.
The romance, even though it wasn’t the mere focus, still, I found myself swooning and shipping some of them since the earlier part of this book. There’s no doubt that the romance is one of the things I’ll surely look forward in the next book. I HAVE SO MANY SHIPS SAILING IN SIX OF CROWS. And I am willing to go down with them in Crooked Kingdom. (not that I’m hoping for them to sink!)
I lived as a thief and a spy while reading this book and that was just so cool! Okay, in real life it’s not cool, but in this world, it is! I have no plan of becoming one. But I love the excitement and nervousness I felt while they’re in a mission as spies and thieves. I loved thinking about the tactics, planning, escaping and such.
I also really loved Leigh Bardugo’s style of telling a story. I loved how she started and ended this book – mostly because of the point of views she chose to show and not to show. I also loved how she provided us the characters’ back stories and the plot twist which I really didn’t expect at all. Leigh’s writing style is not a typical one. I will surely read more from Leigh Bardugo.
This book can also become violent and bloody at some point. So if you don’t like reading some violence and bloody scenes, you might reconsider reading this book (BUT you can just also skip them tho!). But if not, and you love reading fantasy with bad ass characters an excellent world-building then no questions asked, YOU SHOULD PICK THIS UP.
She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.
Have you read this? What did you like and dislike about it? Did you like Kaz? How about Inej, Matthias and the others? Share your thoughts below!