A few months ago, I hadn’t read a single Leigh Bardugo book. Now I’ve finished all of them. How crazy is that?! I’m in love with the world of the Grisha. This review will probably be a little influenced by Crooked Kingdom, as I continued with that one straight away before I even took the time to finish writing this review. My opinion on both books are the same, though; they’re absolutely incredible. As always, my review is spoiler free. I hope you’ll enjoy it!
“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”
I never intended to rush through Six of Crows… but I kind of did. Holy frickamoly, what a masterpiece of a book! Although I didn’t really “rush”, I kind of flew through it. I was so into it that I tried to listen to the audiobook whenever I had a moment to do so and before I knew it, I was at the end! I gotta admit, some bits were seriously confusing. As in; I probably lost focus for a second and missed something important so what the hell is going on!? But I understood nearly all the important parts and that’s what mattered. It wasn’t too difficult to follow, luckily. I quickly realised I like this book more than I like the Shadow & Bone trilogy. They’re both good, but I definitely prefer Six of Crows. I listened to it while I was reading the Shadow & Bone trilogy, and that worked perfectly well. There’s obviously some backstory in the trilogy, but you don’t need to read it to understand the book at all.
Six of Crows has a lot of characters. There’s Kaz, Inej, Nina, Jesper… and so many more. They were all narrated by different people and it was great! I have to be honest, I wasn’t really interested in all of the characters. I guess my favourites are Kaz, Inej and Nina and although I enjoyed listening to the other characters as well, I wasn’t as interested. I “blame” the audiobook format for that. When there are six perspectives, there’s only so many you can really focus on, no matter how hard you try. The narrators were great, but for some reason, they sounded really grown up? Like, I actually had to remind myself they’re all 16/17-year-olds. Oops?! It was pretty cool, though, when I realised how young they were and what kind of craziness they were pulling off. Also, thank goodness for the multiple narrators. Every character had a “fitting” voice and it made it a lot easier to follow along with whose perspective we’re reading/listening to. I don’t think it would’ve worked as well as it did if there was only one narrator reading from all perspectives.
Six of Crows is a heist book, and the plot is quite straightforward. Everything, in the beginning, leads up to this spectacular, impossible heist. I found it so incredible because Leigh Bardugo herself obviously had to come up with this. It’s not just these characters that come up with these plans and schemes, it’s the author who’s really behind it. I just… can’t wrap my head around it. There are six people and all of them have different parts to play. Six of Crows is a masterpiece because it’s so incredibly well executed. I don’t remember too much from the start of the book, but the actual heist part was so impressive. I mean, who thinks of stuff like this? It was intense and exciting and it never disappointed even the slightest bit.
I do wish I’d gotten more invested in the characters but, like I said, that has probably got to do with the audiobook format. I started Crooked Kingdom right away because the end of Six of Crows was so incredible and I just wanted more! Also: holy cliffhanger, Batman! I became way more invested in the characters in Crooked Kingdom. I guess that makes sense. 6oC is mostly plot driven, while CK focuses on the characters themselves a lot more. It’s a perfect combo! I love Six of Crows more now because I’ve finished CK as well and I just got to know the characters a lot better.
Six of Crows is an epic book. The characters are incredibly interesting and the plot is super intense. If you’ve never read a Leigh Bardugo book before, I recommend starting with this one!
About Six of Crows
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.
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.
I’ll be reviewing Crooked Kingdom sometime in the future after I’ve read/listened to it again for a second time. Listening to the book got a bit weird-ish when I took a break to listen to another book and I feel like I can’t properly make my mind up about it. I do really love it, so I want to do it justice with a nice review!
Have you read Six of Crows? Who’s your favourite character?
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