Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”
You know when you go into a book and you can just feel in your bones that you’re going to love it? This book generated that exact feeling. Going into this book I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. The Grisha series is one of my favorites, and I loved it but I am sometimes skeptical of new series by beloved authors. Well I had no reason to worry because this book rocked my
gloves socks off!!
Our story begins in Ketterdam, a city by the ocean and a harbor for trade. It’s a city overrun with gangs in constant war for territory and power. At the top of them all is the criminal Kaz, a ruthless businessman and thief. He is offered a job, to reclaim a prisoner from an impenetrable city. In order to pull off this heist, Kaz pulls in 5 other plays. Together they are:
This book started out a bit slow for me, about 50 pages in is when it really kicked off and then I couldn’t put it down!! Having six different character point of views didn’t take away from the book but enhanced it. I loved learning their pasts and secrets, connections and fears.
I loved all of the main characters and there was never a moment when the POV changed and I was mad, I was enraptured by each one of them. I would like to know more about Jesper and Wylan, they seemed to have the least amount of perception shown but I suspect we will see more of them in the second book.
“Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.”
The dynamics between the 6 are really what made the book. Whether it was 2 of them or all 6 together I smiled throughout all of the dialogue. There are also 3 potential romances and I am hardcore shipping them ALL. I better see some HEA’s in the future that’s for damn sure.
This book was also surprisingly very dark and gritty. The life in the slums, stories of survival, and the soldiers hunting down the Grisha. There were some serious allusions to the Holocaust and genocide, with the aftermath of the Grisha wars in the other series and how it affected the entire world. I would describe it kind of like X Men, where those with special abilities are being hunted down simply for existing. The fear from the Grisha characters was so tangible and their stories of what’s happening to them horrifying.
“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 you heart.”
The writing is one of my favorite parts of this book. It flowed so well and was beautiful. Honestly, I had a hard time seeing this book as a YA novel, it read like an adult one. I had to keep reminding myself that these characters were all 18 and younger. But this made sense, the land and cities they grew up in made them so much stronger and more mature than teens in our society.
This book doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, but there are some loose ends. Needless to say I am dying for the next book. Write fast Bardugo, write fast!!
I love watching Leigh Bardugo grow as a writer, and while she was already one of my favorite authors before this book, Six of Crows just reminded me of why I love her and her books so much. I really hope I convinced you to read this book, it’s a winner.
“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”