Six of Crows

Leigh Bardugo

Published September 29th, 2015

Six of Crows #1

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I am so late to the party here, it really isn’t even funny.  But with the release of Crooked Kingdom last month, and my blog post (top ten books to read before the end of the year) I decided it was finally time to hold myself accountable for buying this gorgeous book and not reading it.

The problem, is the hype.  It is always the hype.  When everyone and their dog tells me how much I am going to love this (insert title here) book, I start to back away slowly.  There is just this awful feeling about reading a book and being undecided about my feelings:  Am I enjoying the book because I am supposed to like it based on popular opinion, OR, do I want to rate the book 5 stars because it actually blew me away?

Six of Crows left me with no questions: it absolutely deserves the hype, and 5 stars.

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…

six-of-crowsA 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. 

I think it should be mentioned that you do NOT neeeeeed to read the Grisha Trilogy to enjoy Six of Crows, but you may be left wanting a little more information on the magic system.  I am actually not a huge fan of the Grisha books, but I can’t say with certainty that I wouldn’t have been confused about the minor elements of Grisha powers without a basic understanding that I learned from the Shadow and Bone & Siege and Storm.  If anyone can honestly weigh in on this issue let me know, please!

photo-oct-12-22-53-47Six of Crows is one of the best character developing books that I can remember reading in recent years.  I love back stories. I love knowing anything and everything about every character that steps onto the pages: what they smell like, what they dream, what size shoe they wear, who they love, who they hate, if they like breakfast foods, the color of their pants, etc. etc.  Some people say, “Ah, spare me the boring details.”  I say, “Gimme more.”

(My favorite Harry Potter book is Half Blood Prince, if that gives you any indication of my love for back stories and overload of plot information.)

This book is dark.  Dark on the outside, dark on the edges, dark on the inside.  There is this one part where some one plucks out somebody’s eye and I literally set the book down and thought to myself “what the fuck am I reading?”  I can appreciate gore, while I don’t actively look for bloody messes in my books, I most certainly do not shy away from them.  I think I was just taken aback by the lack of fluff in these pages…and I liked it.

Six of Crows has a delightfully dark Oceans Eleven feel to it.  I loved all of the planning and plotting and secrets.  And, what I loved most, was the different aspects of the plan that went wrong.  I felt on edge the enter time I was reading the second half of the story, it was intense and nerve-racking.  Reading this book was an adventure, it wasn’t just reading about an adventure.  six-of-crows-bfast

“No Mourners. No Funerals.”

Flawed characters?  Check.  Massive amounts of banter and sass?  Check.  Looming and imminent death/failure?   Yup, Six of Crows has that too.  Tragic back-stories?  Good God, double-check that. So, in conclusion, of course I liked the little twists and turns the story took right up until the very last page, and of course, I enjoyed the overall premise of the book, but the characters are what made me love this novel.  Five stars!

★★★★★

 

 

3 thoughts on “Six of Crows

  1. I felt the same way about this book. Scared of the hype, but loved it in the end. And the eye plucking part– I actually wrote in my notes “HOLY $%^& HE JUST RIPPED A DUDE’S EYE OUT” And that was the moment I was like “Alright. We’ve moved well past the hype. Let’s do this.”

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  2. I liked the Grisha trilogy but didn’t exactly love it. Six of Crows on the other hand was stunning and amazing. I have now thought myself into a panic while reading Crooked Kingdom and had to stop because I don’t want anything bad to happen to any of the crew. I mean, am I the only one who sees them constantly saying “No mourners. No funerals” and thinking there has to be mourning and funerals by the time the duology ends? I’m hoping not but… I really need to just suck it up and read the last half of CK.

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