Hi everyone. I hope that you are all having a good day.
The good news is, I’ve already read 5 books this year. That’s half as many as I read in all of 2016. The bad news is, thus far, I’ve only written a review for one of them.
It’s safe to say that I’ve spent the past month in a total Leigh Bardugo haze. After finishing Shadow and Bone, I quickly read Seige and Storm and Ruin and Rising. I enjoyed them both just as much as the first, and I should already have reviews of them on here. Instead, I delved right into Six of Crows. (Spoiler alert, I’ve finished Crooked Kingdom already too, but that will be a post for another day.)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Length: 465 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.45
My Rating: 5/5
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.
I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m a rather slow reader. I got through this book in only three days.
I’ve seen this book and it’s sequel so much on Bookstagram and Twitter, that I was actually a little nervous to read it. I didn’t know what to expect, having loved the Grisha Trilogy so much, I was just happy that there was another series set in the same world.
I didn’t think it was possible, but I enjoyed this book even more.
The setting, especially Ketterdam is very refreshing. Reminiscent of Amsterdam, Bardugo does a wonderful job of transporting the reader right into the hustle and bustle of the vibrant port city. Even the slums of the Barrel seem like a place you would want to visit. We get to see Ferjda too, which is neat because it was referenced a lot in the Grisha Trilogy.
The characters are also interesting and multilayered. Instead of having one first person narrator, Bardugo gives us five very different perspectives. Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Nina, and Matthias. They all have different strengths they bring to the crew, and they also all have their own flaws. That’s one of the things I enjoyed most about this book, how quickly you care about the characters and feel like one of the gang. Often when there are multiple points of view, I have favourite characters and find myself wishing for their sections, in this case I enjoyed them all.
The story is also incredibly fast-paced. It’s easy to read a ton without even noticing. Bardugo also balances the thrill of the heist with flashbacks that provide insight into the characters and their motivations.
The romance aspects of the story are also raw and real, and not at all forced.
I’ve tried to think of a minor criticism for the book, so that my review is as well-rounded as possible, but I really can’t think of anything. This book is definitely one of my new favourites, in fact I haven’t adored a story this much since I first read Harry Potter.
I guess I should stop gushing. Haha. In sum, I give Six of Crows 5/5 and I would definitely recommend it. Especially if you enjoy an action packed fantasy with a gritty undertone, colourful characters, suspense, and just the right amount of plot twists to keep you on the edge of your seat.
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