Book Review: Six of Crows

Title: Six of Crowssixofcrows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Pub. Date:

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction―if they don’t kill each other first.

Bought this book the day it came out, and only this past week have I finally read it….well actually I downloaded the audiobook. Needless to say, I absolutely loved this book. Since I do have a YouTube Review and Talk (Linked below) I’ll try and be brief.

Leigh created a fantastic world when she wrote the Grisha Trilogy, and simply expanded that world to encompass a wider range of characters. I had heard so much about Six of Crows and how everyone – and I mean, EVERYONE loved it. I was a little apprehensive. I figured with expectations and love for this book being so high, that the book couldn’t possibly rise up to them. NEVER HAVE I BEEN HAPPIER TO HAVE BEEN PROVEN WRONG. I loved every single minute of this book.

The pacing, the world, the characters, every aspect of this novel was so well done in my opinion. I really enjoyed all the characters – there really wasn’t one I hated, and I think a large part of that came from the fact that none of the characters are your “traditional typically good” characters.  I mean, it’s in the synopsis. I loved learning and growing with these characters.

I keep saying that I loved every character, and that’s not even a lie. I loved how complex they are, and their reasonings for their actions. The wit and humor and intricate workings of the group. The way Kaz interacted with others, and how Inej is able to slip silently into the shadows…how much I wanted to hug Matthias tightly and never let go. In 480 pages, Leigh made me care for every single character, made them real and made them come to life.

As for the audiobook version – the people who voiced Leigh’s wonderfully crafted characters really brought them to life. Traditionally I read books being as I’m more of a visual person. Six of Crows was my first venture into the world of Audiobooks, and I feared that I would miss a lot of the story, not being able to comprehend it fully without seeing the words on the page. The way the people read the characters and the overall production of the audiobook made it so easy to follow along and listen to the book come to life. I actually went and bought Crooked Kingdom, and I don’t know if my heart is ready for it. The next question is, do I read the physical copy of Crooked Kingdom (which I now own) or do I listen to the audiobook with the same cast reading it?

I often find it rare when a book is so hyped and so loved for it to meet my heightened expectations – usually I find that books tend to fall short, never quite making it. Six of Crows had me captivated, roiling with emotions from the first chapter to the last sentence on the last page.

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