The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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 is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
Six of Crows was the first Leigh Bardugo book I have ever read. That means I did not read the Shadow and Bone trilogy before reading this, but that did not keep me from falling in love with this story and its characters. You can easily understand the whole story even if you don’t read the Shadow and Bone trilogy before-hand, but I am sure that reading it will definitely enhance the reading experience of this universe, which is why I am planning on reading it this year and then re-reading the Six of Crows duology of course (especially with the Netflix show coming soon).
Six of Crows follows a gang of criminals in the fictional city of Ketterdam in Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, as they embark on an impossible heist — it could save the world as they know it and make them wealthier than they could ever imagine, but they are all fully aware that this mission may as well be their last.
To be quite honest, I am not sure that my review can ever do Six of Crows justice. So I am just going to start by saying that this book is so action-packed, the world is so beautifully developed and Leigh has created such an incredible pace that makes for a perfect balance between action/set-up. I was able to get to know each of the characters so well, and also so quickly, that when the pace picked up I was completely invested.
Also, Leigh’s writing is so beautiful that I would constantly catch myself re-reading sentences. She really manages to put her mark on the book. Every chapter is narrated from one of the different perspectives of the six protagonists, which made me completely immersed in the thoughts and feelings of them all.
The plot was completely filled with action and suspense from the very beginning. Being able to follow along with the characters as they plan out every step necessary for their heist, I was hooked and couldn’t stop turning the pages. Since you have access to all their perspectives you read the book thinking that you know everything, only to find out that the group leader, Kaz, is once again a thousand steps ahead of his enemies, and has another brand new trick up his sleeve.
While the book has a solid plot, great action, impressive world building, and a well constructed heist that plays off fantastically, it is the characters that really make this book stand out. I honestly love every single character from this beautifully dysfunctional group. They are so brilliant, so unique and every single one of them are equally important to the unravelling of the plot. They are not at all morally good, which just makes them that much more real and relatable. Bardugo’s characterisation is stunning. Every chapter led me deeper and deeper into each character’s reasoning and quirks and they are so freaking loveable. Every time I thought I came close to choosing my favorite Bardugo would throw in many more reasons to adore every single one of them.
I read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom in the span of a week. I honestly loved the fact that it is a duology because i thought that there was a perfect amount of everything without dragging the story. It made me add Leigh Bardugo to my favorite authors list and now I’ll make it my mission to go after her other books.
This duology has earned its spot as one of my favorites of all time. I’ll recommend it in a heartbeat to anyone who loves fantasy even a little bit and is looking forward to getting lost in an amazingly built world with even better characters.