Review: Six of Crows

Posted September 26, 2015

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Six of Crows Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1
Published by Indigo on 29th September 2015
Genres: Fantasy, YA Fantasy
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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.

- from Goodreads

Leigh Bardugo is one of my favourite authors. Her Grisha trilogy is a series that grabbed me from the start and had me waiting on tenterhooks for the remaining two books. So when I heard that she had started a new series, in the same world as the Grisha series, but with a very different plot, I started counting down the days until publication.

I was extremely lucky to receive an ARC of this book. I promise you that I squealed when it arrived in the post! (My Mum was staying, she can testify to that.) After so much anticipation, would this book live up to my high expectations of Bardugo’s work? It did – it was AWESOME!

I’m not usually one for book comparisons, but if you’re a fan of Locke Lamora, a Grisha fan, or even an Ocean’s Eleven fan, then you’ll like this beauty of a book.

Told from multiple perspectives, we are introduced to one of Ketterdam’s gangs – The Dregs. Kaz, their leader, is a young man with a dangerous reputation and a criminal mind. When offered a heist that would make him rich beyond his wildest dreams, Kaz gathers a group of fellow talented outcasts and hatches a plan.

On paper the heist should be impossible, but Kaz and his crew aren’t ones to shy from a challenge. Combining some of the fantastical elements of the Grisha world, with some clever, criminal masterminding, this is a story that will keep you absolutely enthralled.

You don’t have to have read the Grisha trilogy to enjoy this book – although I think if you read this first then you’ll be running out to get your hands on the Grisha series! I did really enjoy the references made to characters in the Grisha series – paths that overlapped slightly, a nod to the happenings in Ravka. I thought that was pretty cool, but as I say, you don’t have to read the other series first.

I find that books written from the perspective of multiple characters can sometimes leave the reader a bit disconnected from the characters. That absolutely isn’t the case with Six of Crows. Bardugo’s characters are well-rounded and fully-formed. I don’t know how she manages it in just over 500 pages, but we learn the histories, often harrowing, of all the main characters. Personally, I found myself invested in each member of the crew. I’ll admit that I had my favourites (Kaz & Inej), but at no point did I feel a character was just making up the numbers. I loved that all six have their own individual talents and well as challenges, fears and dreams. The dynamic between them all works really well and I found myself rooting for each and every one of them!

In all honesty I actually can’t think of anything that I didn’t like about this book. It has a bit of everything! It’s cleverly crafted, written with Bardugo’s own incredible style, and tense enough that you won’t be able to put it down.

Seriously guys, read this! I actually kind of want to read it again already.

The books itself is out on Tuesday 29th September, but remember that if you pre-order you can enter to win some awesome prizes. All the details are on the Books with Bite website and you must have your entry in by midnight Monday 28th.