Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
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
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
So this was… something. Mainly, I’m not entirely sure where I stand on it. It was definitely good, but spectacular? I’m not sure. So, to make things easier, I’ve compiled two lists: one of things I enjoyed, and one of problems I had (because who doesn’t love a good list?)
Several things that were awesome:
1. A wonderfully wonderful atmosphere.
2. SO MUCH SHIPPING.
3. My precious baby Kaz… and Inej and Nina and Jesper and Wylan and Matthias. ❤
4. I only see more potential for the second book. Six of Crows set up a heck of a ride, and I honestly think it can only get better.
But onto some concerns:
1. The voices of the characters (although, yes; I understand this is written in 3rd person) weren’t very distinct from one another, and while it didn’t majorly impact anything, sometimes I felt like I was reading the same emotions/outlooks from different characters.
2. I think the complexity of all six of the characters occasionally left things muddled or a little overwhelming: I mean, 6 characters?? That’s a whole lot to deal with. However, in that same vein, I have no idea how Bardugo was able to create such fantastically well-developed characters within a single novel… it’s fricking amazing. Plus, I loved every single one of them.
3. A lot of the plot or explaining of the ‘job’ kind of went in one ear and out the other. It could be me, but my eyes kind of glossed over until the action actually happened.
4. I found Bardugo’s writing to be meh. It was nothing special, and I think at times was overly descriptive or just a bit boring. It was missing that teensy weensy bit of je ne sais quoi.
5. I honestly think if it weren’t for all the incredible hype around the book, I wouldn’t be so critical in my view of it, and I’m kind of sad that the hype spoiled some of it.
All in all, Six of Crows was a beautifully crafted and wholly entertaining book! I wouldn’t recommend this to a first-time fantasy-er, but to the fantasy lover, this might be your next obsession.