Title/Author: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holy and Company
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)
Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)
Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)
Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.
Six of Crows is the first book in a duology by the same name. It is Leigh Bardugo’s second series within the Grishaverse, and I finally go to give myself a taste of it! Although it is recommended to read her books in chronological order, it isn’t necessary. I found myself really enjoying Six of Crows, and it has made me WANT to continue reading Leigh Bardugo’s books!
This review is based off of a re-read of the book. I originally read this book back in March, and let’s just say that I wasn’t able to enjoy it. I decided to audiobook a good chunk of the middle of the book, which made me miss a lot of Kaz’s and the other characters’ history. So, I decided to re-read it both for the Bookalicious book club and for pure enjoyment. And omg, this was literally one of the best reading decisions that I have ever made.
Leigh Bardugo’s writing style is very unique in my opinion. It really isn’t often that we see female authors take on a cast of mostly male characters, and she did it perfectly. With that said, there was also more of a boy-ish vibe to the novel. Leigh Bardugo wrote about thieves and criminals, money and violence in her novel, and there wasn’t one moment of disappointment. Her writing is extremely addicting, and you will literally find yourself craving more. With the popularity of the Six of Crow duology, Leigh Bardugo is quickly rising to the top of the “Queens of Fantasy” list, and she has a high chance of topping it in the future.
This eclectic cast of characters is one that you really don’t want to miss! I’m still trying to match the characters up with the inside of the hardcover’s jacket, but I am going to try to explain them by that.
“A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager,” is definitely Jesper! Jesper is the man you want to have on your side on the battlefield. He’s a sharpshooter for a reason, and that’s because he doesn’t miss.
“A runaway with a privileged past” sounds like Wylan. He may not be the brightest person in Ketterdam, but he knows how to bring a smile to everyone’s face: by being innocent and not realizing how innocent he is.
“A spy known as the Wraith” is definitely Inej, and there is no denying that! I don’t know how this girl does it, but she is as quiet as air. It’s unbelievable!
“A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums” is our food lover, Nina. This girl could eat a farm! But really, Nina is such a powerful female! She can defeat an opponent with the flick of her wrist. I know that Heartrenders, and other Grisha, are featured in Leigh Bardugo’s debut series, but since I have yet to read those, Nina wins the position of my favorite Heartrender!
“A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes” is definitely Mr. Kaz Brekker, also known as a heart “brekker.” Sorry, I just had to play that pun. But, Kaz Brekker is a renowned thief in Ketterdam who can basically pull of ANY task given.
And finally, “A convict with a thirst for revenge.” Surprisingly, it took me a little while to figure this one out, but I am pretty sure that this is Matthias, since that is the only character left to cover! All I am going to say, is that I hated Matthias in the beginning, but I really loved him in the end.
We also had quite a few other characters who made numerous appearances including Pekka Rollins, Tante Heleen and Mr. Van Eck. I didn’t like any of them, and if anyone did, I don’t know if we can be friends. Such horrible characters. There was also a character named Joost in the first chapter. I was never quite able to figure out who he was, but if anyone knows, please leave a comment below!
The diversity was real in Six of Crows! A lot of the time, fantasy authors fail to represent diversity in their novels. But Leigh Bardugo PACKED this novel with diverse characters. Below are some examples of the diversity:
- Two (maybe more) characters of colour (Jesper and Inej)
- A disabled character who is inspired by the author’s disability (In the acknowledgements, it states that Kaz Brekker’s disability is inspired by Leigh Bardugo’s osteonecrosis)
- A gay “romance”
- And two super badass females!
The ships were sailing…
Omg, after finishing this book I couldn’t help but add two more ships to my list of thousand of other ships! Matthias and Nina were seriously the romance that kept me going! They were just the cutest! They started out disliking each other, but it quickly escalated to true LOVE! I loved these two so much and I can’t wait to see what happens to them in Crooked Kingdom.
Inej and Kaz were also amazing! I love how the romance between them slowly escalated compared to Nina and Matthias’s. It was as if they had nothing, then there were some hints that they liked each other, and then it was as if they couldn’t live without each other.
Although Wylan and Jesper didn’t make my list, I still enjoyed reading about them! There wasn’t really romance between them, but this humorous relationship that could definitely lead to romance!
“I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”
“No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.”
Instead of the 3.5 stars that I was going to give this book on my first read through, I ended up giving it 5/5 stars. And it definitely deserves it! This book was one of those books that you could literally read in one sitting. If you haven picked up this book or any of Leigh Bardugo’s other books, I am demanding that you go straight to your local bookstore and pick one up. You will not regret it.