I bought this book 🙂
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Adventure
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.
Hi all, I’m coming back at you with another book review! I finally read Six of Crows, yes I know I’m late to the party (don’t hurt me), and I actually enjoyed it! I was a little put off by the huge fanbase it has acquired, mostly because I tend to prefer less popular books. Action really is not my thing, but I feel like this had enough emotional turmoil to hold my interest.
First of all, when I saw the title Six of Crows, I immediately thought of that saying that is something along the lines of “one crow means good luck, while a gaggle means trouble.” This might actually be about ravens, but I wondered what kind of shenanigans the characters would be getting into. Low and behold, it was a magical heist! Adventure, violence, romance, angst, this book has everything.
It also has a very diverse cast, with brown people, disabled people, and gay characters! On top of that, they had layers of personality and I kept getting pleasantly surprised. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Inej and Kaz; their mild flirting made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. I rooted for them throughout the book!
“Pleas, my darling Inej, treasure of my heart, won’t you do me the honor of acquiring me a new hat?” Kaz trying to “sweet-talk” Inej on pg 68
I also love the internal struggle that “witch hunter” Matthias has for Nina; it was a nice dynamic I’m not used to seeing in fiction. Normally we meet two characters who don’t know each other, and pray to the gods that they get together; these two had pre-existing history which was slowly revealed to us. It was quite the experience, and I loved it and I love them.
“She rubbed her eyes. ‘I couldn’t leave you in Hellgate.’
‘You put me in Hellgate.’
‘It was a mistake Matthias.’
Rage ignited in his eyes, the calm veneer dropping away.” – Nina and Matthias pg 174
Furthermore, I loved Jesper, who is gay and has dark skin, because his character arc goes beyond his ethnicity or sexual orientation. Usually characters like him are thrown in for the diversity factor and have bland personalities; but he was actually very intriguing and it was fun getting to know him. As for Wylan, I feel like I related to him the most. He is the rich kid (not that I’m rich, but I certainly grew up privileged) who has strained relationship with his family and has to prove that he is more than just a rich kid who’s father gave up on him. I found him to be the most anticipated character in the book, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel.
“I’m going to kill that little idiot. ‘What do you want?’ he shouted down.
‘Close your eyes!’
‘You can’t kiss me from down there, Wylan.’
‘Just do it!’
‘This better be good!’
‘Are they closed?’
‘Damn it, Wylan, yes they’re-‘
There was a shrill, shrieking howl, and the bright light bloomed behind Jesper’s lids.” – Jesper and Wylan, pg 147
One more thing I enjoyed about the characters: no good guys! I mean, they aren’t the typical the-pure-chosen-one-will-save-the-world troupe. It was more along the lines of Kaz being like, “listen, I was offered a butt-load of money, so let’s go do this dodgy job, and all of our problems will be answered!” So they are all essentially a misfit group of troubled teenagers, and I think they are very #relatable.
Okay, but in all seriousness, the characters were great, the plot was great, and the the writing was great. My complaints? The first 150 pages were extremely slow, and sometimes I found the dialog to be a bit confusing. So I’m docking .2 points for those two combined problems I had, but in all in all I really enjoyed it. I now understand why it has such a huge following. I highly recommend this book!
Overall rating: 4.8 hearts out of 5
Cover: 5 hearts
Plot: 5 hearts
Characters: 5 hearts
Pacing: 4 hearts
Writing: 5 hearts