Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Length: 491 pages
Now, this is one of those books that has a lot of hype around it. But it will it live up to it?
Synopsis: Criminal prodigy, Kaz Brekker has been offered a chance at a deadly heist: break into the Ice Court – a military stronghold that has never been breached – and retrieve a hostage whose knowledge could change Grisha magic forever. To succeed would mean riches beyond Kaz’s wildest dreams, but he can’t pull alone… Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Together they might just be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.
She’d laughed, and if he could’ve bottled the sound and gotten drunk on it every night, he would’ve. It terrified him.’
I’ve had these books on my shelves for a while. I bought them simply because of the hype. But first I read the Grisha trilogy (Shadow and Bone Series) because they are set before Six of Crows, you get to know the world and the magic. But, I have to be honest and I didn’t like the series or the world Leigh Bardugo had created, but I was still prepared to give these a go.
Now this book started off pretty slowly. Very slowly in fact. It was struggle to get into. I was considering putting it down and not picking it back up (and I never DNF). I began thinking it’s just like its predecessors.
Around chapter 8, this book really picked up. It was like a whole new book. I began to really enjoy reading it. The plot finally got going. The actual heist is exciting to read. It’s full of action scenes and they are so well written. Sometimes I can find action scenes a bit tedious, but I didn’t experience this at all with Six of Crows. They were fast paced, epic and clever.
The best thing about this book is it’s characters. I loved them all. Once you get into the story and their personalities shine through, they really are fantastic. Each chapter is told from a different characters perspective and I enjoyed each one equally. They all have individual voices, so you know which character you’re reading. The dialogue is fantastic. It’s so sharp and funny, it had me laughing out loud. They also give the book real depth and in turn elevates the plot. It’s brilliant.
Theres also a few hints at romance between some of the characters in the book. Which is exciting. I’m hoping we’re going to see more of this in book two.
This whole book build towards the ending and I really enjoyed how it ended. It had a few twists and turns. It was satisfying ending, yet set up the story for book two perfectly.
I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s got everything. I’m so glad I stuck with it. Can it be rewritten as ‘Seven of Crows’ just so I can be a character?
Until the next review