Review: Six of Crows
Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1
Date Published: September 29th 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
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 Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
This series is set after the Shadow and Bone Trilogy and is based in the same world, known as the Grishaverse. I haven’t read the Shadow and Bone trilogy so I didn’t have any knowledge of the world. There were mentions of a past war and history that would have been beneficial to know, this history is presumably the center of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, however, it wasn’t vital to the story and didn’t inhibit my understanding of the storyline.
The start of the book really threw you in the deep end without any context, however, it soon became clear what had happened. Whilst this is an unusual tactic it really gripped me from the start and set a good background for the rest of the story.
Overall the book had a wonderfully creative plot, with so many intricate aspects linking the story together beautifully. Bardugo creates fascinating morally grey characters, who have excellent banter and a group dynamic that is so fun to read, this really hooked me into the story and kept me reading late into the night. I love the multiple POV chapters, it really adds a lot of depth and gives a great insight into each character that makes you love every single one of them.
The book focuses on the Dregs led by Kaz Brekker, the bastard of the barrel. Each member had their own challenged background and each one was slowly shown to us through flashbacks during the book which was done expertly, in a way that felt not only perfectly timed but also really gave us a strong understanding of the character and what led them to that point - certainly no info-dumps to be seen! The friendships portrayed were beautiful and they only grew throughout the book, the introduction of Jesper and Wylan’s relationship was the perfect addition to the book. I can’t wait to see where this is taken in Crooked Kingdom. Kaz and Inej’s relationship really grew on me throughout the book and we got some perfect lines that hit me right in the heart.
“I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will have you not at all”
I cannot wait to see this explored in the next book. The book was so intriguing with Bardugo’s clever plotting - the constant need for 100 different back up plans and the constant twists and turns were captivating. The premise itself was a selling point for me – an impossible heist mixed in with an amazing squad/ found family with top-notch banter. On top of that, the Grisha was a very interesting take on a magic system, and I loved learning about them and the discrimination they suffer from. This excellent world-building really elevated the whole book and gave such depth to the characters and made the world feel very tangible.
There are some stunning quotes and phrases in the book which made me love it even more. The writing is very well done but doesn’t feel like it’s trying too hard.
The book had an intriguing premise, seamless world-building, fascinating morally grey characters that I couldn’t get enough of – suffice to say it will definitely be one I reread many times! I cannot wait to read the next one.
Rating: 5 Star