Review: Six of Crows

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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.

“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”

I did it. I finally read this. I have no idea why it took me so long to get to it considering how much I love heist stories. Maybe it was because I wasn’t a fan of the Grisha trilogy? But anyway, heist stories, I love everything about them, the fast pace, the high stakes, just everything. And I am happy to say that Six of Crows lived up to all of my expectations.

The plot kept me interested since the first page and kept me guessing the whole time. The world-building was extremely intricate and complex, with none of those awful info-dumps that most fantasy books have. The writing was gorgeous, seriously so many quotes. With five different POVs, each one with a unique voice, you never wonder or forget which POV you’re reading. And every once in a while there were these flashback scenes that really rounded out certain characters.

Honestly though, the best thing about Six of Crows are the characters. Oh my god, these characters were amazing, every single one of them.

“I’m a business man,” he’d told her. “No more, no less.”
“You’re a thief, Kaz.”
“Isn’t that what I just said?”

First, we have Kaz. Be still my beating heart, Kaz. He is the ruthless, intimidating, and mysterious ringleader to the Dregs. You never know what he is going to do next and he’ll keep you on the edge of your seat.

Next we have Inej, a.k.a the Wriath. She’s a badass in the most realistic way possible. She’s smart, independent, and goes after what she wants. And she’s a spy.

Then there’s Jesper, a skilled shooter with a gambling problem. He brought some much needed humor into the story and I need him with Wylan.

Wylan is probably the character we learned the least about, however he is so adorable and it was impossible not to feel for him, especially at the end.

We also have Nina. My beautiful Nina. A caring and loyal friend, she makes no apologies for who she is and what she wants. Her friendship with Inej was one of the highlights of the book.

“It’s not natural for women to fight.”
“It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.”

Last but not least, we have Matthias. An incredibly complex character who’s looking for revenge that I grew to love by the end. His relationship with Nina gave me life.

The romances were awesome. So many new OTPs. They all felt natural and unrushed; they never overshadowed the plot. In fact I can’t wait to see where Bardugo takes them. Actually all of the relationships, romantic or otherwise, had a fantastic dynamic filled with witty and clever banter.

“I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”

If I could describe Six of Crows in one word it would be epic.

4 stars

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