Title : Six of Crows
Author : Leigh Bardugo
Publication date : September 29th, 2015
Publisher : Henry Holte and Company
Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy
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 are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first. (From Goodreads)
“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.”
Holy mother of crows and thieves. WHAT IS THIS BOOK? I am absolutely and completely in love with Six of Crows, the characters, the world, the action… Just EVERYTHING. This was my first -of many, I hope- buddy-read with Kat @ Life and Other Disasters (Side note: I don’t know why it took us this long to buddy-read?!) and let me tell you, we flailed A LOT, and shipped A LOT. I can go on and on about how much we loved this but that wouldn’t make for a good review, would it? Not a coherent one at least, so I’m going to dive straight in. Take a sit, because WOW! I have a lot of things to tell you.
The book is written from a gazillion of perspectives, okay I’m exagerating here but we have 6 misfits as ours MCs which means we have 6 POVs as well, and I was really scared at first that I would get mixed up and lose sense of who was telling what. But I didn’t, which is amazing. Each characters has their own voice, very distinct from the other ones, with its own quirks, I never went “Who’s talking now? Maybe, it’s Kaz? No, no, that’s Nina” plus, I got to know my babies really well, so it would be a shame to not recognize them. One thing all the voices have in common is that they’re really funny, even without wanting to be (read: Matthias)
Another thing that’s brilliantly done in this book is the back and forth between the past and the present. I’m not even kidding, this is the best book I’ve ever read in terms of transitions between flashbacks and the actual story, they are so smooth and perfectly placed that they never stick out or feel out of place, the story just flows through them if that makes any sense. Also, Leigh Bardugo is so freaking skilled, the woman doesn’t bite down on her words. The scenes are very graphics and I just… Enjoyed it?! I really really did!
The story is set in a very intricate world. SO intricate, that I got really confused, but once I went back to the maps (GORGEOUS MAPS!!) and with Kat’s help, things got organized in my mind and I started getting my head in the actual plot. Luckily, that only lasted for 2 chapters or so. It would be WAY too complicated to explain it here but it is a mix of magic and politics and I adored that, I’m finding myself loving books involving some kind of politics more and more and this just made that even stronger.
There’s no such thing as a “slow” moment in this book. The pace picks up from the very first pages and doesn’t go back down, not even after the last one. Six of Crows is so action packed, with our MCs jumping all over the place, doing kick-ass dangerous things, toying with death more times than I could count. All I could do is hold my breath (my brain is probably oxygen-deprived at the moment) and hope for the best because MY BABIES CAN’T GET HURT.
This is not your typical good guys vs. bad guys story. In fact there are no good guys! There are obvious bad guys, but with the MCs that line is blurred and you won’t know what they are anymore. They’re the definitions of morally-gray characters. But here’s the thing.. I’ve come to adore each one of them like A CHILD (okay maybe not Kaz, Kaz is bae). Their relationships are so well thought and their backgrounds so well detailed that I felt like I’ve known them my whole life. They all have a traumatic past. ALL. OF. THEM. And I guess that’s what really brought them together. Aside from the money obviously.
Especially Kaz. Oh my little vicious Kaz! He’s ruthless and cruel at times, rude 99% of the time but with that past of his I’d give him a free pass card to do anything he wants because WOW. I don’t think anyone could survive that. He’s also kick-ass and cocky because of that. He has some feelings as well but they’re shoved so deep down that it is really hard to tell from the outside. If I didn’t have chapters from his POV I would’ve hated his guts, but things are otherwise and I love him. Inej, otherly known as The Wraith is the person he trusts the most (The only person he trusts ?!) and I loved her, she’s a unique twist on your female bad-ass. She is tough and skilled but not because she enjoys it, it’s because she has no other choice, she does whatever she can to survive.
Nina is me with food. Like, REALLY! She adores food more than any character I’ve ever encountered and that was so relatable to me. I started off thinking she was dull and didn’t see what purpose she served, but as the story progressed she started making sense to me. She’s the “girly” girl of the group but don’t be fooled, she’s as bad-ass as any other, she’s so so so brave and caring. Matthias was the hardest to love but also the one with the most character development. I hated him at first for his backward thinking but that was essentially because of his upbringing in some sort of extremist-religious/military base but as he opened his eyes to what the world really was that started to change and it was REALLY hard for him, he had some hardcore internal battle between what he always believed and how that needed to change.
Jesper is the the most precious, hilarious thing ever. I couldn’t get enough of him, he’s so funny and flirty, his witty retorts are also the best which means that he brings a jovial vibe to the crew, otherwise they would be just sad and violent potatoes.To be honest, at first, I thought Wylan was the stupidest character out of the bunch (The Mark comment, anyone?!) but he’s really a genius, he just had that innocence about him that felt really out of place and he needed time to adjust to the new environment. He’s curiouser and curiouser, and that helped him learn and adapt really fast to the crew.
One thing that was really notable about the characters is how old they all felt. I had to keep reminding myself that they all are between 16 and 18 years old because they felt 30. And people around underestimated them just because of that. And for that reason, they got what they deserved.
Oh Gosh! ALL THE SHIPS! I ship everything and everyone and I just need them to get together right now (I know, Kat! Patience little Grasshopper), I just don’t have the patience for this to be dragging. But at the same time I loved how the romances didn’t overtake the plot, there were just slight hints of it and all of them are slow burn and I’m grateful for that.
Anyway with that ending, I would’ve been hyperventilating while writing this review if I wasn’t in the middle of Crooked Kingdom already. BUT HOLY SHIT! Make sure you have both books before you dive into this one because I don’t think anyone can handle that ending for long.
That’s it until next time.
Did you read Six of Crows? If so, what did you think of it?
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