six of crows by leigh bardugo (six of crows, book 1)
overall rating: 4.3/5 ⭐️
genre: YA, fantasy
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.
since crooked kingdom (book 2 of six of crows) has just been released, i thought it’d be fitting to finally read six of crows. i’ve read leigh bardugo’s shadow and bone trilogy and really enjoyed it, so i had pretty high expectations for soc. however, it met (and maybe surpassed) my expectations, and i can’t wait for crooked kingdom!
the characters are definitely my favorite part of the book, and i love each of them! i’m honestly amazed by the complexity of each of their backstories (*cue applause for leigh*). i’m really impressed by how much time she must have put into creating each of the characters to make them so complex. there are definitely no flat characters here, and i can’t wait to see how they continue to develop in the next book. i only wish there was more about wylan, maybe a few chapters from his perspective. i’m hoping that my wish will be granted in the next book as well!
just like the characters, the relationships between them are so incredibly complicated. each one struggles with conflicting feelings at one point or another, and i’m definitely excited to see how the relationships form. there isn’t too much romance in this book, but i’m sure that will change soon enough. i do have to say that some of the relationships seem a little unnecessary, but i enjoyed reading about the characters’ feelings for each other.
the world-building is my biggest problem with six of crows. there isn’t much explanation about the grisha and the different nations, which is especially problematic for people who haven’t read shadow and bone. since i read it a while ago, i wasn’t TOO confused, but there were a lot of things that i didn’t remember and didn’t understand. however, the lack of world-building didn’t affect my understanding of the whole story too much.
the plot is simply amazing. it’s paced very well and kept me engaged. it didn’t feel predictable or clichéd, and i devoured the book eagerly. leigh creates a perfect balance between action and everything else (small bits of romance, etc.) so it doesn’t feel overwhelming in any way. i also really appreciated the planning behind the mission, and everything (both the planning and execution) felt very realistic. i also really enjoyed leigh’s writing style, which definitely adds to the beauty and tone of the book.
overall, six of crows is a beautifully written fantasy novel that will bring you on an exciting adventure with intriguing characters.
have you read this? what did you think?