How long did it take me to pick up this book?
Well, I’ve owned it for many months. Only now have I actually gotten round to reading it. And WOW, am I glad I did!
Let’s talk about Six of Crows!
Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Indigo / Orion Children’s Books
Series Status: The 1st book in the Six of Crows duology
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure
Number of Pages: 491
(Found on back cover. See Goodreads page)
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.
Why I’m attempting to write this review only half an hour after finishing the book, I’ve no idea. Because right now I’m struggling to extend my thoughts further than “AAAAAGGGHHHHHHH WHAT!!!”
But here’s to trying.
You know how I always say characters are the most important thing in a book for me? How if I adore the characters, no doubt I’ll adore the book? Well guess what happened.
I ADORE THESE CHARACTERS.
Every single member of the crew. I just want to tuck all six of them into my heart and hold onto them forever
(which I already have actually done but shhh we can’t admit that because bad things happen). And that’s a dangerous thing, because as a reader, that’s how we get hurt. But I can’t help it! They’re all just so complex, unique, talented and somehow lovable despite their ruthlessness. I want them as friends. I want to be part of their crew. I want them to be real.
So other than my complete and utter love for every single one of the main characters, believe it or not, there were actually other things I liked too. I know, shocking right? (really not). And I know everyone says this but I feel the need to reinforce it:
Leigh Bardugo’s writing development between the Grisha trilogy and this book is INCREDIBLE. I read the Grisha trilogy at the start of the year and enjoyed it, but “enjoy” is too small a word for how much I loved Six of Crows. The descriptions were just so much more enticing and vivid. I had no problem understanding and imagining the world once again. I was thrown into this world full of diversity and friendship, crime and danger. And I accepted it wholeheartedly.
And then….ohhh and then there’s the plot. There’s fantasy. There’s scheming. There’s a heist. There are witch-hunters. There’s betrayal and plot twists and all the danger possible. What else can you want? There’s so much action, this book is seriously addictive *glances over at Jurda Parem* (readers will get it). But it never gets overwhelming. The pacing is just right, keeping you on your toes and making you feel alive.
The only reason this didn’t get a full 5/5 stars was because there were a few chapters that sort of dragged for me. Just because at that point in the story, I didn’t really like one of the characters, so their perspective just didn’t grab me as much as the rest. I’m sure people who have read the book might be able to guess who I mean. But trust me, that changed about halfway through so I can’t hold too much of a grudge.
If you’re like me and you somehow haven’t gotten round to this book yet – DO IT. DO IT NOW.
(Plus then you don’t have to wait for the second book because it’ll already be out. See – there’s benefits to procrastinating sometimes.)
Rated 4.5/5 stars!
Share your thoughts!
Have you read this book? What did you think?
Who’s your favourite character? (mine are Nina, Jesper and Inej)
If you haven’t read it, do you plan to?
Maybe you’ve read the Grisha Trilogy?
Let me know in the comments!
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