Title: Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Pub: Sep 2015
Kaz Brekker is offered a chance to pull off a deadly heist in exchange for riches. He pulls together a team and they’re tasked to retrieve something, or else themselves at the rest of the world is at risk of destruction.
I heard so many good things about Leigh Bardugo’s second series, Six of Crows. The first book in a duology, takes place in her Grisha Universe. I was hesitant to read it at first because I haven’t read Bardugo’s first series. Since Crooked Kingdom was going to be released soon, I got over my fear of spoilers and placed book 1 & 2 on hold at the library.
There is no denying that the actual copy of the book is quite beautiful. I love the cover, the black-stained pages, and the chapter accents. Thank you design team for putting so much attention to detail.
Now, on to what’s inside that lovely hardbound book. Bardugo’s writing is entralling and smoothly reels the reader in. The city of Ketterdam came to life. I felt like I was there. There was times in my reading that I thought my life had turned a little gray and hazy itself because I was so pulled into the setting of the story.
What really sets Six of Crows apart are the characters – their voice, their characterizations, and their unique qualities.
“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.”
Bardugo presents the novel in five different POVs. Giving the reader a chance to see the world from one of the main character’s point of view. I think this worked really well because we get a chance to see the various viewpoints on certain issues and their relationships with each other.
The plot is action-packed with a slow and deliberate construction and pacing. You also can’t talk about Six of Crows without talking about the diversity. We have representation in race, size, disability, and sexual orientation. Bardugo has made it look so easy in including diversity in a fantasy setting (Fantasy writers, read this book!).
It’s hard to put into words how awesome this book is. I don’t buy books very often, but I definitely want to add this duology to my personal library and recommend it to as many people as possible.
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