I read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo a) because I’ve heard so much about it, b) because the cover and title and black pages are freaking cool, and c) because the sequel, Crooked Kingdoms, is coming out soon and so I wanted to read this so that I could purchase that book and read it soon.
As per usual, I didn’t know what this book was going to be about (I really need to start reading synopses). I honestly thought it was going to be a little more high-fantasy, not that this story wasn’t epic, though.
It’s a heist, and I’ve never read about that before (and I don’t watch many movies or TV shows), so it was a unique story for me but one that I found I wasn’t all that interested in. There’s just nothing that particularly draws me in about a heist, but the story was still very interesting.
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.
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
Okay so I already touched on this, but overall I think that for a heist-story, it was done well (though I don’t have much to compare it to).
My lord there were like, a lot of characters in this story it felt like. But they were all very interesting and all incredibly unique. It’s very clear to me that Bardugo put a lot of love and time into developing these characters and it pays off very well. There’s a ton of flashback-type unveiling of these characters’ pasts, which is interesting because they’ve all lived crazy lives, but not my favorite method of story-telling.
So after recently reading Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, I guess I was kind of hoping for something a little darker and more-adult in this story. For no other reason than I thought the covers looked nice together and the characters in both stories are similar. So I was a teensy bit disappointed with the fact that it just read like a typical YA novel to me – which isn’t bad! Don’t get me wrong, I just had unnecessary presumptions about a novel I hadn’t even read the synopsis of.
Let me just say, this is definitely where Bardugo excelled for me. Her world-building was phenomenal. It was seamlessly woven into the text and casual conversation between the characters. There were no explanations given because, in my opinion, there are no explanations needed when setting the scene. The world just exists as it does for these characters, and it always feels unnecessary when an author goes out of their way to explain the way things run in their characters’ worlds like a tutorial for the reader. She totally did the J.R.R. Tolkien thing where she used names of nouns that are similar to what we use in English so that readers would understand its meaning while also creating a kind of separation and distance from the real world.
This book was really good. I haven’t read anything else by Bardugo, though I plan to read The Grisha Trilogy late this year or early next year. But I’m glad that I was able to read this just before Crooked Kingdom comes out. I had some minor issues with it personally in terms of taste, but overall it was a fantastic story.
I give Six of Crows 4/5 stars.
YO. YOU GUYS. I FINISHED MY 14 Day Reading Challenge!!!!!
I’m so proud of myself!! Not to, like, brag or anything. It’s just that I hardly ever stick to challenges. Especially since this one required so much out of me, and for 14 days straight with no breaks. Like, this was intense and I did it. 🙂
Here’s what I learned from this 14 day reading challenge:
- Don’t do a 14 day reading challenge
- Especially don’t do a 14 day reading challenge when you’re preparing to move house/apartment
- Its ok to skim a crappy book
And yeah that’s basically it!!! Lol!! Seriously though this challenge was hard and I’m not sure if I would ever do it in the future – maybe on a smaller scale, like 5-ish days. I really felt that near the end of the challenge I was super-yearning for the day when I could just open up a book and not be stressed about reading it on time.
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