Review: Six of Crows

Review: Six of Crows

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

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My Rating

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Official synopsis

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.


Review

I know, I know. I’m about 4 years behind on this but hey, sometimes I do actually get to read stuff on my TBR list!

This book stressed. me. out. There were points where I recall holding my breath and shaking my head in disbelief because it was all so crazy. It reminded me of DC's Suicide Squad but with a fantasy twist. I loved every bit of this dark and totally thrilling adventure.

Disclaimer: I'm totally new to the Grishaverse and had no knowledge of who/what a Grisha was or what it consists of. I went into it totally blind but fairly confident that I'd figure it out. Well, it was absolutely confusing at first. In the first few chapters (about the first 20% of the book, really), I found myself rereading sentences and going "huh?!" multiple times. Unlike most books, you meet the characters but it seems like you've already had an introduction to them and their personal stories. Initially, I assumed this was because I hadn't read the Shadow of Bones trilogy and was a newbie diving into their world full of unfamiliar terms and names, but I was totally wrong and soon learned that it was done on purpose and I would have to wait for their backstory to unfold. This was brilliant because it just kept me on my toes, eagerly anticipating each character's true introduction, slowly learning their secrets and what made them into who they are. Once you get into the groove of it, oh boy!! What a wild and bumpy ride!

Six of Crows features a true ensemble cast with insight into the lives and secrets of the six main characters. Nina is/was my spirit animal. I loved her immediately and was rooting for her all the way through. Inej was the fierce female I expected and deserved. I loved how these women (I should say girls since they’re technically teens but hey), stood their ground and got shit done. I loved how the boys unashamedly relied on them and how ultimately, they were both the key to accomplishing the mission.

I appreciated how romance wasn’t really part of the book but was briefly teased and weirdly enough I didn’t miss it. I’m a total romantic at heart but somehow the minimal references of romance were enough to satisfy me. I guess it helps that Nina and Matthias were exactly the "I hate you but I totally love you" duo that I expected and relished in their time together and apart. Kaz and Inej had a totally strange dynamic as well but I expect their romance to be a totally slow slow-burn. Jesper’s flirting with Wylan was sweet as well and I’m curious to see how they approach their likely relationship.

The best part about starting a series after it’s been completed is not having to wait for the next one. Excitedly on to Crooked Kingdom next!

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