Book Review: Six of Crows (Six of Crows Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Book Blurb:

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.

Published September 29th 2015 by Henry Holt and Company

My Review:

I should know, by now, that when my friend Natalie suggests a book, I should drop whatever it is I’m doing and read that book. It’s crazy–she knows my reading preferences better than I do. Some of my all-time favorite stories have been ones that she suggested to me, and yet, like an idiot, whenever she buys me a new book, I put it on my to-read shelf and get around to it later.

Which is why I’m so late to jump on this bandwagon.

Believe me, this is a bandwagon worth getting on.

Leigh Bardugo is a born storyteller. Her world building, her characterizations, her ability to draw out suspense, rile up tension, or convey such heart-wrenching emotion with only a few words is truly a gift.

Six of Crows is truly a vibrant story, with six teenagers at its heart. Each one has such a rich past, with those memories influencing their choices and personalities in the present. What I loved was how utterly flawed they were. They were driven by their desires, for better or worse, and that made them feel real.

But the complexities weren’t limited to the characters themselves. Bardugo created an entire universe, with political machines, warring countries, capitalism, and religious zealots. All the things you’d find in this world, which made the story all that more engaging.

I loved how much of an impact the setting had on our characters. Where they grew up, the cultural and socioeconomic impact of those formative years, influenced them as people. So often, we see characters in a fantasy setting, but that setting hardly influences how the people behave. Not so in Six of Crows, which was a relief. From the cold demeanor of Matthias so the shady underside of Kaz, the countries altered our characters, and I found that remarkable.

The writing, in itself, was absolutely stunning. It was vivid, consuming, and gorgeous, the type of writing I would aspire to. I’m so happy that Natalie gave me this book–I loved it so much and it definitely deserves a strong 5 out of 5 stars.

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