Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Audience: Young Adult
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 is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
Six of Crows had everything that I wanted from a heist story and more. I loved the plot’s complexities, and it constantly left me guessing what was going to happen next. I fell in love with all the characters and want the best for them, but I am terrified about what will happen to them in the sequel.
Within Six of Crows, the characters are the plot’s main focus, and Leigh Bardguo has delivered with some amazing, loveable characters. I loved them all, and they all had a depth to them that I wasn’t expecting. While we learn quite a bit about them, it still feels like there are more stories to tell, which I can’t wait to read in the sequel. They have all been through different types of trauma, and it is great to see that on the page, especially Kaz and his disability, which is own voices as Leigh Bardugo suffers from Osteonecrosis. Their trauma has created some truly morally grey characters, which I love, but you completely understand why their situation has made them morally grey. Their trauma is not presented as something that needs to be fixed; it is just shown as something they all live with.
In Six of Crows, there are glimmers of romantic relationships that could develop, but they are not the story’s focus. This is something that I liked to see because while I like romance in the books that I read, I don’t want it always to overpower it. That being said, Jesper and Wylan have the cutest relationship, and I loved all of their flirting, I really hope they get together in book two. Six of Crows focuses much more on the bonds that they all have with each other and the friendship and devotion they have to each other. I can’t wait to see how this will develop in Crooked Kingdom, especially after Six of Crows’ ending.
One of my main complaints with the Shadow and Bone trilogy was the lack of worldbuilding, but I don’t have any complaints with it in Six of Crows. It felt like the city of Ketterdam was fully developed, and I could truly imagine what it was like. I also loved learning about the Ice Court as the characters did, which added to the atmosphere and the fear of the unknown. One thing I did also appreciate was the inclusion of not one but two maps. I love a map at the start of fantasy books, as I feel that it helps the reader set the scene and get a basic understanding of the world.
The only small issue that I had with Six of Crows was that the pacing felt slightly off to me at some points. It felt as if we spent lots of the book still in Ketterdam setting up the heist, but we didn’t actually get as much of the heist as I wanted. I think that I would have sacrificed some of the beginning to get a much longer end to the story.
I can’t wait to pick up the sequel to Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom. I still have many questions about how the story will develop and what will happen to the characters. I also can’t wait to see how this will play out on screen in the upcoming Netflix adaptation.
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