Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”

 

Summary: Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court (a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage (who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward (and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

Let’s talk about the beauty that is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

If you know what I mean, there are a few books which tend to keep me antsy day and night because I didn’t have it in my hands. Yup, this was one of those. This book has been in my possession since June of 2016. Yes, I tend to keep a hoard of books along my wall in the room, but what passionate bibliophile doesn’t? After a friend and many of the people I follow on Goodreads raved about this book, I felt that since this summer I wasn’t set out on doing a lot, that this would be the first book to read. Why did I wait so long to read this!!!

Six of Crows focuses on the lives of six characters, which the reader delves into the mindset of each in their respective chapter. The characters grew up through horrors of the past and the present, as well as the unknown future set out for them as they complete an unimaginable height. Except Kaz Brekker, the notorious criminal in Ketterdam, is willing to go through hell and back to get what he wants.

Each chapter captures a reader’s mind as they travel through the different places Bardugo has allowed us to be a part of. The journey allows us to feel a slew of emotions, from rage to tears to passion. As far as I knew, I was going into this book blind. Sure, I’d seen the summary and looked at a few reviews (all without spoiling myself), but I wasn’t scrounging for details to know what I should expect. And what did I expect? Certainly not what I had read. I’m a girl who loves romance, but there always. has. to be. action. No matter what I love a rollercoaster, and this book did just that. Reading fantasy is never really at the forefront of my mind, but a book that captures my attention is something I’m willing to devour. So for those fantasy lovers, I feel as though this book is for you.

The dialogue between the characters and the chapters never ceased to fail me. Like all things in life, we want to get straight to the finale, but I knew I had to absorb all that I could with this book, because it’s definitely a lot. Between the names of places and terms used to describe various objects or people, sometimes I’d have to go back through the pages or the handy map at the beginning of the book. However, there were times when an event would be so intricate I’d have to slow my mind down to process what was happening and imagine myself within that situation. That tends to happen to me a lot though because I’m one to slowly ingest each word, sentence, or page so that I can keep up to the pace of the story. If you’re a reader that doesn’t have much of the issue above, then you should be good to go!

In the end though I loved this book and to be quite honest, after this review I’m heading straight towards Crooked Kingdom, the sequel and last installment of this journey. I know, Bardugo why would you do this to our poor souls?!? Yet if a book has a satisfying ending, or something close to that, then the main idea of the story should end there rather than continuing on for a few more books. So despite the love for this book and these characters who the author feels as their journey is complete, then there is definitely nothing wrong with that. The author chooses what they feel is complete or incomplete, and the readers are there along the ride.

There were so many characters I adored, but Inej was definitely a favorite. From her courage to the way she would help ease tensions amongst the group, she was one for the ride. All the characters had my love and I can’t wait to see where the next journey takes them *sits on the edge of my seat*. Lastly, for those who are looking for an edge or need a somewhat similar Kaz Brekker in their life, I recommend the Netflix series Peaky Blinders. I could go on and on about that show, but I’ll leave you to it. Enjoy!

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

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