Review

Six of Crows

Six of Crows

Six of Crows

by Leigh Bardugo

Series: "Six of Crows" #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: September 29th 2015
by Henry Holt and Co.

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Summary:

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...

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction...if they don't kill each other first.

Review:

Leigh Bardugo has done it again. Admittedly, I may not have been completely swept off my feet with her Shadow and Bone trilogy, but Six of Crows sealed the deal for me. The story brims with action, excitement, and urgency, keeping you glued to the pages until the very end.

When Kaz Brekker, Ketterdam’s most famous criminal prodigy, is approached about a heist that could make him a multi-billionaire, he doesn’t hesitate before accepting the challenge. But the heist is more dangerous than anything he’s done before – and if he wants to succeed, he has to choose the strongest crew possible.

The story is told through six perspectives – Kaz and his five accomplice’s. Normally, having so many different perspectives would cause me to be a bit nervous (too many different perspectives sometimes cause characters to be a bit underdeveloped), but somehow Leigh Bardugo made it work wonderfully. Every character in Kaz’s crew has their own unique personalities and backstories and are complex and multi-layered.

Yet, the complexity of the characters also happens to be one of the story’s main hindrances as well. Because of how many of them there are, sometimes it’s difficult to keep each of the six narrators’ backstories and personalities aligned without confusing them for someone else.

The romance and the world-building were both absolutely flawless, as was the writing. With such an amazing start to the series, I am looking forward to seeing what Bardugo has planned next.

four-stars

59 thoughts on “Six of Crows

  1. YAYYY!!! I’m glad that you love it! I’m a huge fan of Leigh Bardugo so I really shouldn’t skip this, especially since the setting is still in the Grisha world. I’m gonna get a copy in New Year I guess xD

  2. I loved this book so much! I totally agree with what you said, it’s one of my favourite books but… SO MANY CHARACTERS. It was a little confusing!You included the beautiful poster that went with the preorder, I see πŸ˜‰ I couldn’t get it, it sucks to be international sometimes… :/ Great review Zoe <3

    1. It definitely was a little confusing time because all the six characters were so complex, but I think once you got into it everything became less confusing. Thank you!

  3. *nods* Obviously I entirely agree. πŸ˜‰ HEhehe. I mean, I LOVED all the characters, but I thought the story nearly wasn’t big enough to hold them all. :O Which was definitely a shame. *sigh* I would’ve liked fewer POVs in this book, and then maybe more editions in the next? BUT ANYWAY. IT WAS DARK AND VICIOUS AND I LOVED IT.

    1. I agree. I think the combination of having so many characters and having them all be so complex and well-developed was a bit overwhelming at times, but I still loved it. πŸ˜‰

  4. Still haven’t read this one, but all the rave reviews have made me eager to get to it already. I’m glad to know that so many character POVs did work, even if it was difficult keeping them separate sometimes. I love the premise for this – I hope to get to it soon!

  5. Ooh, Six of Crows! It was a darker story than what I usually like, but I also could not put it down. Honestly, I think it was mostly the characters that did it for me–I’m not the kind of person who’s hugely drawn to heist stories in themselves, but because this was Leigh Bardugo I read it, and the complexity and distinct personalities of all of the characters hooked me. Also, so many ships! πŸ˜‰ I’m looking forward to Crooked Kingdom next year–I think Leigh Bardugo even said we’ll get some of Wylan’s POV in the next book, so yay! Great review, and so glad you enjoyed the book!

    1. It was definitely darker than I expected it to be too Taylor, but I think that turned out to be a plus. πŸ˜‰ And the ships were perfect, weren’t they? ♥ So excited for the sequel, and thank you!

    1. *whispers* I wasn’t much of a fan of Shadow & Bone either Alyssa, but this one was magnificent. Curious to see what you think of it!

  6. Wonderful review, Zoe! I felt the same way about the Grisha trilogy; it was enjoyable but didn’t quite amaze me. I still haven’t read SoC but everyone’s commented how incredible the cast is. It’s too bad that the POVs slurred together at times though.

  7. I know right?! I liked the first two Grisha books, but this one knocks it out of the park. The characters are so deep, the plot is complex, the thrilling aspects are well… THRILLING. I ship everyone and everything, the ending slayed me. I NEED CROOKED KINGDOM. Lovely review, Z<3

  8. I’ve been dying to read this book since I heard about it on Goodreads! Hopefully I’ll get to do so next year. It’s been getting so many good reviews and the wait has been killing me nonstop >.< Great review!

  9. I’m about halfway through at the moment and I’m finally getting into it! I admit I had to re-read quite a few passages and even look up the Wiki to get a better sense of the characters, but I’m finally appreciating it now. Lovely review Zoe!

    1. I was the same way Jeann – it takes a little while to get adjusted to the writing and the characters, but once you get in to it it’s impossible to put down.

  10. I adored the characters! I do agree about the confusion from time to time, but the characters were definitely my favorite part. It did take me awhile to get into it, but I think it was a case of ME being the problem and not the book! I plan to re-read it in the hopes of falling in love πŸ™‚ Fabulous review!

  11. I loved this book so much! I’m so glad that Leigh Bardugo hasn’t given up on the Grisha world that we’ve all come to love! What I loved was how each character was well developed and had an accompanying backstory which shows why they are the way they are. The story isn’t at all clichΓ© and I can’t wait for the next book, Crooked Kingdom. Awesome review! πŸ™‚

    1. So glad you loved it as much as I did Cloe! I agree – the characters and their backstories definitely were the best part of the book. πŸ™‚ Thank you1

  12. Everyone seem to have read that book, but me, haha! I really want to, though, because I’m intrigued and I want to see why everyone loved it so much. I sometimes have issues with multiple POV stories, but I’m glad to hear that you do too, and you enjoyed that book anyways. I’m definitely reading that book soon, I need to! πŸ˜€

  13. Well, I skimmed through most of that review, having not read the books, but woah those animations look pretty cool! I have heard nothing but love for this series, which honestly makes me wonder why I haven’t picked it up yet, I AM PROCRASTINATOR INCARNATE like jeesh. Lovely review, Zo, I’m going to try and get to this series in 2016.

  14. But honestly – how lovely are those character illustrations?

    I fangirl entirely too much when a blogger I follow reads and loves Six of Crows. So this fall/winter season has been all kinds of excitable for me. And once again… *bounces ecstatically*

    Anti-heroes and moral complexity and muuuuuurder. YES.

    1. The characters were all amazing, right? So complex and well developed – I agree. πŸ™‚ And the ships were amazing too! <3

  15. I adored this book so much! I wasn’t the biggest fan of Shadow & Bone either, and was also really confused with it most of the time but Six of Crows had such clear and interesting world building and amazing characters! I’m glad you liked it! Did you ship Jasper/Wylan? (I definitely did)

  16. OHMYGOD I LOVED SIX OF CROWS SO MUCH I HAVE TO TYPE IN CAPS, OKAY? πŸ˜› My main worry was the perspectivs, I don’t do well with multiple, and exactly, sometimes they lose their depth and build, but they didnt and I loved them, and I didn’t even mix them up either, which shocked me. AND NINA, OH NINA (I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO HER, AND BY THAT I MEAN TERRIFIED) AND INEJ AND KAZ AND JUST ALL OF THEM.

    1. I FEEL YOU HAHAH I was worried about the perspectives too, but they were all so well-written it didn’t bother me. So excited for Crooked Kingdom! πŸ™‚

  17. Yup, I was the same. I LOVED THIS! And I can’r wait to write up my review for it. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Grisha series, I felt it got worse with each book. But this book blew me away and made me sure I will be reading whatever Bardugo does next. I loved the characters, especially Kaz! I am so excited for the sequel!

    1. So glad you liked this too Charnell! <3 I wasn't the biggest fan of the Grisha series either, but this was amazing. <3

  18. I started reading this last year, and I had the EXACT problem you mentioned… so many characters, they were getting jumbled in my mind. I ended up putting it down around page 90. This time around when I give it another try, I will be sure to take some notes so that doesn’t happen again. So happy to see you enjoyed it, Zoe!! Fantastic review, as always! ♥

    1. Definitely give it another try Lisa. There are definitely a lot of characters, but once you get used to it everything’s amazing. Thank you! xx

  19. So glad to hear that the characters are so layered, in depth and realistic. I think that is the reason why I will love this book! I haven’t read the original trilogy which I think I would want to do first before getting to this one!

  20. Yay! I’m glad you love this one! This is one of my best 2015 reads and definitely one of the best books Leigh Bardugo has ever written! I can’t wait to read the next book!

  21. I was actually surprised at how I did NOT get lost with all of the different POV. Because we still got info about everyone during each POV, even though it was simply in the background, it kept me updated on everyone.
    I am, as everyone, really pumped for the next book in this amazing series! More Inej and Kaz! I so, totally and absolutely ove them!

    1. I agree. That was one of my main worries going in – just knowing there were so many different POVs. But somehow Leigh managed to make each POV really well-written and engaging.

  22. I loved this book so much aghh the romance and world building was just glorious and I’m so incredibly excited for Crooked Kingdoms! I only wish this weren’t a duology because there’s so much the author can explore with this series!! awesome review!

    1. I KNOW! *cries with you* Although, to be honest, I’d rather have 2 really great books than 3 kind of pointless, wordy books, you know? Thank you!

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