Today I’m reviewing Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo!
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.
After finishing the Shadow and Bone trilogy last month, I was excited to dive into Six of Crows because I’ve heard so many people say that Six of Crows is the better series. While I haven’t made up my mind yet about those comments, what I can say is Six of Crows is very different from Shadow and Bone.
What I liked most about Six of Crows was the characters. I enjoyed the six main characters in this book and I especially enjoyed the changing points of view. I liked that each character was very distinct and I enjoyed their interactions with each other, especially the banter. I liked they had their own motivations that were driving them. I also enjoyed how morally grey the characters are in this book, I usually read a lot of books with a clear divide between “good” and “bad” and it was nice to explore the grey area.
I enjoyed the romance element in this book and I especially enjoyed the pining that was going on. I also liked that the romance wasn’t the main focus of this book, but instead it was weaved through the story in a way that didn’t take away from the main plot of the heist.
Six of Crows was darker than I was expecting. I knew that this book was going to be darker than the Shadow and Bone trilogy, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as dark as it was. This book has quite a bit of violence in it, and I found some of the violence to be quite graphic. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just threw me off a bit.
I enjoyed how exciting this book was. The characters are on a seemingly impossible heist and I wanted to know how they would pull it off. The changing points-of-view added another layer to the excitement because I enjoyed seeing how everything came together. I liked that the characters didn’t know the full plan, so it was like I was discovering what the next piece of the puzzle was as they were.
I also liked how this book showed a different part of the Grishaverse. Shadow and Bone bone mentioned a lot of different places in the Grishaverse and this book explored some of them. I liked getting a better idea of how the world works and seeing some of the places mentioned in the original trilogy.
Overall, even though it took me a while to read this book, I thought it was very enjoyable. I’m looking forward to starting Crooked Kingdom sometime in the next few weeks to find out what happens next.