Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo




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 are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Number of Pages: 462
Publishing Date: Sept. 29th, 2015

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This. Book.

Once again, Leigh Bardugo has created an amazing whirlwind of a story. This novel was intriguing from the first page and let’s just say that this book will bring out every emotion that you have. I was happy, angry, excited, anxious, sad, and completely enthralled. I smiled, laughed, grimaced, and at one point I was on the verge of tears.

This novel was absolutely astonishing and I cannot believe that I didn’t read this sooner. The characters were so brilliant and I fell in love with every single one of them. The plot developed perfectly and I truly loved every page of this book.

The rest of this review contains spoilers!

I loved every moment of this book. From the very first page I was fully captured by the essence of this story and then once the major plot points began unraveling I honestly couldn’t set the book down.

“A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse.”

If I let myself write about every chapter of this book I would, but then this review would be much longer than necessary, so I’m just going to go over some of the moments from this book that I really loved:

  • I loved the entire beginning of this book where we got to see how Kaz operates with the Dregs. It was so interesting seeing how he was always one-step-ahead of everybody else and I loved seeing Kaz, Jesper, and Inej in action.
  • Okay, but the entire section that detailed them breaking Matthias out of Hellgate?? That was so nerve-wracking yet so amazing?? And when Matthias pulled a hijacked-Peeta and started choking Nina, I may or may not have accidentally squealed out loud.
  • The whole mid-section of the book where Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Wylan, Nina, and Matthias were planning out how they were going to get into the Ice Court and then when they travelled to get there, GAH, I thought that there were bound to be some parts that were boring but there honestly weren’t any.
  • WHEN! THEY! WERE! IN! THE! PRISON! I was so nervous because I constantly had a feeling that something was going to go wrong and, even though there were a few slip-ups, the badass crew continued with their plans and ASDFGHJKL. I was basically on the edge of my seat at this point.
  • Okay but the entire section of chapters where they were inside of the Ice Court and Inej got caught and then Jesper and Wylan were so close to getting caught so many times and then Nina was betrayed by Matthias but then Matthias had a change of heart and rescued Nina and HOLY CRAP, I was so anxious throughout these parts of the book.
  • As the story developed I had this underlying feeling that there was more to the whole Van Eck situation and when they were about to trade Kuwei for the money and everything was revealed I was, again, freaking out.
  • The ending. I can’t. I just. They took Inej. They took. Inej. I… am not okay.
  • Also; Kaz and Inej. Nina and Matthias. Jesper and Wylan. My ships. MY HEART.

This is probably my favorite cast of characters to ever exist within a novel. I’m not even kidding. These characters are diverse and so individual and distinctly different yet they are alike in certain ways and I just ugh, I love them all so much.

Kaz Brekker, can we please talk about Kaz Brekker? His entire backstory was so heartbreaking and it helps show how much his past has shaped who he is in the present and GAH, I love him so much. I love how intelligent he is and how he’s always one step ahead of everybody else and he also has these amazing witty comebacks that I love.

“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”

Inej, oh, how I freaking love Inej. First of all, she’s an utter and complete badass. Every chapter that revolved around her was amazing and I love how strong and practically fearless she is. I also love the fact that she’s not afraid to stand her ground and stand up for herself, as well as for what she believes in. She’s such an admirable character and I’ve grown so attached to her.

“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”

Jesper is definitely one of my favorite characters from this book. He adds so much humor to the story and even during moments where I was on the verge of utter tears, he would somehow make me laugh and smile.

“Jesper knocked his head against the hull and cast his eyes heavenward. “Fine. But if Pekka Rollins kills us all, I’m going to get Wylan’s ghost to teach my ghost how to play the flute just so that I can annoy the hell out of your ghost.”
Brekker’s lips quirked. “I’ll just hire Matthias’ ghost to kick your ghost’s ass.”
“My ghost won’t associate with your ghost,” Matthias said primly, and then wondered if the sea air was rotting his brain.”

Wylan really felt like the underdog of the story. It was obvious that he felt like an outsider to the group at first, but he slowly became more confident and I loved watching his character develop so beautifully. And the flirting between him and Jesper was magical.

“If only you could talk to girls in equations.”
There was a long silence, and then, eyes trained on the notch they’d created in the link, Wylan said, “Just girls?”

Nina was such a strong character. After everything she went through, I loved how she continued to help her friends and she was just so selfless. She was witty and sassy and she never backed down. The fact that she never gave up on Matthias was just another example of how strong and caring she is.

“It’s not natural for women to fight.”
“It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.”

Matthias’s character grew so much within a span of a few chapters, yet it didn’t feel too fast or too slow. His character development was written so well and I grew to really love his character. The scene where he saved Nina renewed the faith that had been momentarily broken and I can’t wait to see more of them together in the next novel.

“Stay,” she panted. Tears leaked from her eyes. “Stay till the end.”
“And after,” he said. “And always.”
“I want to feel safe again. I want to go home to Ravka.”
“Then I’ll take you there. We’ll set fire to raisins or whatever you heathens do for fun.”
“Zealot,” she said weakly.
“Nina,” he whispered, “little red bird. Don’t go.”

As always, Leigh Bardugo’s writing was brilliant. It’s obvious how much her writing has developed when put into comparison with her writing in Shadow and Bone. Her writing is effortlessly fluid and it’s so easy to read, even though it’s incredibly detailed and intricately beautiful.

Overall, this novel was absolutely breathtaking. I cannot put into words how much I love Leigh Bardugo’s writing. The Grisha world is so brilliantly put together and I loved being able to dive back into it after absolutely loving the Grisha Trilogy and, while I loved that trilogy, this novel was even more amazing than those books. The characters in this novel were each so detailed, complex, and unique. The plot was full of twists and turns that caught me off guard and took me by surprise and completely enveloped me. I enjoyed this book so, so much and I’m going to start reading Crooked Kingdom as soon as possible (meaning I’m probably going to stay up all night reading it).

5 Stars

So, have you read Six of Crows? What did you think about it? Comment below!



One thought on “Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

  1. I’m wondering if part of the reason I didn’t go ga-ga over it like everyone else seemed to is that very early on in the book, the thought “This is a written form of Mission Impossible set in a medieval fantasy land” sort of got stuck in my head. And once I saw it through that lens, I couldn’t look at it any other way. I kept unconsciously making comparisions, and seeing it like I would an MI movie.

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