A Book Review: Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo

5 stars

Pages: 446 (Hardcover)
Published: September 29th 2015
Publishing Company: Henry Holt and Company
Series: Six of Crows #1

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.


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The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.

WOW wow wow, I am impressed!! Leigh Bardugo’s The Grisha trilogy was very good, but this book blew the socks off my feet. She has definitely stepped up her game.

I really liked the concept of the Grisha and the world The Grisha trilogy took place in, so I was really happy that those things made a comeback in this book. What’s even better is that this book takes place in Kerch and Fjerda which allowing us readers to learn more about the ‘Grishaverse’. The Grisha trilogy took place mostly in Ravka, which meant that there weren’t many opportunities to learn about the other places. Even though the characters never actually went to Shu Han or Novyi Zem, I was still able to learn a little about the personality of their governments through some of the characters, which was really nice.

What I especially loved about this book is the diverse range of characters. The main gang consisted of people from all over the Grishaverse and it was interesting how their affiliation with their homeland affected their relationships with the other people in the crew (ahem, Nina, ahem). Of course, the people in the crew had different distinct personalities so their interactions with each other were sometimes hilarious. Each character’s back story caused the character much more realistic… when the story is revealed- Bardugo doesn’t reveal her hand too early. Their personalities were enhanced by their flaws, but it was their general acceptance of who they are and their position in the world that made them seem very mature. Needless to say, I got very emotionally attached to all of them…

Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.

One of the characters that didn’t impress me that much is Kaz. I know, I know, Kaz is such a genius and he’s so cool and everything… I do really like Kaz. It’s just that I’ve met a lot of these genius planners already. Gen from The Thief and Locke from The Lies of Locke Lamora are both 1. thieves, 2. masterminds… like Kaz. However, Kaz’s personality is different from Gen’s personality and Locke’s personality which helps him to stand out a little.

The plot was very enjoyable, but Kaz’s master plan wasn’t that oustanding. I feel like it lacks finesse. A lot went wrong, which already shows that the plan wasn’t perfectly thought through. Since a lot went wrong, the crew had to rely on chance, a fickle and unpredictable thing that doesn’t guarantee 100% success. They only had a few days though, so the lack of finesse is something that I can understand.

Six of Crows did have a little romance, but it didn’t take the focus away from the plot at all. But when I say little, I do mean little. There is the suggestion of romance between two people and I do like how they didn’t get together in this books, because it means that the romance has not rushed. The fact that every romantic relationship had obstacles that had to be stamped out made them all the more realistic.

By the way, I love this passage.

“Shall we walk?”
“Yes,” Inej said, falling into step beside him. “And then I need you to distract Nina, so I can go search for my knives.”
“No problem. I’ll just bring up Helvar.”

This book is amazing. Period.




3 thoughts on “A Book Review: Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo

  1. “The plot was very enjoyable, but Kaz’s master plan wasn’t that oustanding. I feel like it lacks finesse. A lot went wrong, which already shows that the plan wasn’t perfectly thought through.”

    Oh man, yes. This was my main complaint, too–that for such a genius schemer, Kaz totally failed to account for some incredibly obvious obstacles. *Shakes a fist.*

    (But I also agree with the rest of your review: the book’s great!)

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