Books, Fantasy, YA

Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: Book Review

“Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.”

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆  Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

Commentary: I understand the hype for Six of Crows and this book did not disappoint! I’ve had some problems with overhyped books this year, what I appreciated about this book was that my expectations were met. Thank goodness. I really enjoyed Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy and I am such a fan of the world that she has created. When I heard about Six Of Crows coming out, I preordered it right away! I had a feeling that it was going to be a good book and I was right. ⸂⸂⸜(ೆ௰ೆ๑)⸝⸃⸃

This story has six main characters, but there are only five points of view since Wylan doesn’t get his own chapters. Besides that, each character I thought was amazing. They are misfits and not the typical heroes you would root for.

“They’d come to the Ice Court scurrying like rats. Live or die, they were going out like an army.”

You want them to successfully pull of the heist. They all have their own reasons for joining the crew and they aren’t necessarily friends at first. They are supposed to rescue a scientist in order to get paid. Even though Kaz carefully plans out their mission, things do go wrong. It was really exciting reading all the action packed scenes. I was kept at the edge of my seat. I felt the book was at it’s strongest when the crew finally managed go to their destination.

I found this book to be much darker than the Grisha trilogy, since this book did include topics of slavery, prostitution, and annihilation of the Grisha, even though the story mainly focuses on  the heist. I did like how this book included references to the Grisha trilogy such as King Nikolai. *swoons* ✿♥‿♥✿

Though there were multiple points of view, I did not confuse each of the characters because they were all unique and their backstories are great. The heroines are kickass, strong, and powerful. There are no love triangles. That’s right, no love triangles! Yay! I did feel that each character had a sad backstory.

There is Kaz, the mastermind and leader of the group. His backstory was really sad and he does grow on you. He can be at times heartless and brutal. This is the best description of Kaz:

“He’s horrible.”
“But effective. Being angry at Kaz for being ruthless is like being angry at a stove for being hot.”

Inej is practically a ninja and cunning. Kaz trusts her more than anyone in the crew. She is fierce and amazing. She and Nina are an amazing duo and serious friendship goals. ˭̡̞(◞⁎˃ᆺ˂)◞*✰

“She was not a lynx or a spider or even the Wraith. She was Inej Ghafa, and her future was waiting above.”

Wylan is a genius that comes from a privilege background. He really surprised me because I thought he was going to be the weakest of the group, but he proved me wrong.

Nina is a Grisha who is loud and flirtatious. I love how snarky she can be as well, but overall she is such a great friend. She is willing to sacrifice her life for the ones she loves. She is my favorite character.

Jesper is the comedic relief of the story. He is charming and sometimes is the voice of reason when the others fight. There is more to him than being a sharp shooter.

Matthias is an ex-soldier who is often grumpy and hates the Grisha due to his upbringing. But despite that, he is strong and lovable. He and Nina are a perfect balance.

The three couples were great as well, even though they don’t really get together. Keep in mind that this isn’t a romance driven book. My favorite pairing is Nina and Matthias. They had such romantic tension and it is also a forbidden love. Nina is a Grisha and Matthias is a soldier who kills the Grisha. I really like them together. They have gone through so much before joining the heist. I like how the two of them grow closer because of the heist. They are just cute together. ໒( ♥ ◡ ♥ )७

“Oh, I see. I’m the wicked Grisha seductress. I have beguiled you with my Grisha wiles!”
She poked him in the chest.
“Stop that.”
“No. I’m beguiling you.”

I occasionally did get bored of reading the story because it felt that not much happened during the first half. Once you get to the second half, the story becomes far more interesting. I wasn’t expecting two plot twists! I can’t believe that it ended on a cliffhanger, but I am really excited for the second book in the series. I really recommend this book. You don’t really have to read the Grisha series to start this book, but I do recommend reading it because it is a great series as well! ⁽(◍˃̵͈̑ᴗ˂̵͈̑)⁽

Quotes: 

“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns you heart.”

“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”

“He needed to tell her…what? That she was lovely and brave and better than anything he deserved. That he was twisted, crooked, wrong, but not so broken that he couldn’t pull himself together into some semblance of a man for her. That without meaning to, he’d begun to lean on her, to look for her, to need her near. He needed to thank her for his new hat.”

“I can hear the change in Kaz’s breathing when he looks at you.”
“You… you can?”
“It catches every time, like he’s never seen you before.”

“She had her aim now, her heart had direction, and though it hurt to know the path led away from him, she could endure it.”

“I want you to stay. I want you to … I want you.” “You want me.” She turned the words over. Gently, she squeezed his hand. “And how will you have me, Kaz?” He looked at her then, eyes fierce, mouth set. It was the face he wore when he was fighting. “How will you have me?” she repeated. “Fully clothed, gloves on, your head turned away so our lips can never touch?”<…>“I will have you without armour, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”

“They fear as I once feared you,” he said. “As you once feared me. We are all someone’s monster, Nina”

Final Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5) ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ 

P.S. I am including an audio clip of the first chapter of Six Of Crows, courtesy of Audible.com! It would have been totally amazing if I listened to the audiobook since this book has many perspectives!!! Happy Reading!

4 thoughts on “Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: Book Review”

  1. I saw this book at the bookstore today and held it in my hands for a good ten minutes. BUT I PUT IT BACK. After reading your review, I really wish that I gave into my temptations and bought it!
    Great review, Michelle! I love the quotes that you included for this book – it definitely sounds like something I’d love. ;___;

    1. Yes! Please read it! It was such a great book! It has been one of the best hyped up books this year for me. Thank you! I hope you consider buying it as a christmas present to yourself! 😀

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