Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows coverSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Published September 29th, 2015 by Henry Holt and Company.

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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 are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first. (Goodreads)

Six of Crows cast

I read Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising in December. I know I was in the minority when I didn’t fall head over heels for The Darkling or the trilogy for that matter. It was ok, but far from a favorite of mine. Shadow and Bone was ok enough for a first book of a trilogy. Siege and Storm was a huge snooze fest if you ask me. Ruin and Rising I actually really enjoyed but it took some time for the action to kick in. I was never able to tell what exactly I was not connecting with but everything felt a little off. Despite my lackluster feelings for those books I was excited to begin Bardugo’s newest book Six of Crows because it was set in the Grishaverse, yet had a new cast of characters. Better yet it was a heist story.

Sadly I can’t say I enjoyed this one much more than I did The Grisha trilogy. I finally rated it 3.5 stars and I realize that this book is much more enjoyable thinking about after having read it than it was actually reading it. My favorite part about Six of Crows were the characters, but it wasn’t until I looked on Tumblr at the poster that some people were lucky enough to get that I was able to put a face with a name. Then the multiple perspectives were easier to read from.

That’s the poster pictured above.

But something is still off about this book. The beginning was extremely slow and even a little boring or confusing or… something. I just can’t seem to put my finger on it. Despite Six of Crows being set in the same world, it felt so vastly different. And even though I felt like Bardugo spent a good bit of time building the world and giving us maps I still can’t picture it. The basic premise of the story is Kaz is hired to retrieve a scientist from a compound and in exchange for rescuing him he’ll he handsomely rewarded. Kaz recruits 5 others to help him accomplish this mission. Each one plays their own special role and their roles are not all immediately defined. The story as a whole is divided into 4 parts: Ketterdam, on the boat, the heist, after the heist. The heist doesn’t actually begin until pages 257 so there’s a lot of build up. Maybe too much. The actual heist itself was fast paced and I really enjoyed it. There were so many twists, luckily Kaz is a forward thinker. I enjoyed how things were revealed.

Overall I would say that once you’re done reading it’s hard not to think about this book and the characters, but honestly reading it was a bit of a struggle for me. Yes, I will be continuing because I feel invested in the characters and finding out what happens next, but I still can’t understand what it is about Bardugo’s books that I am not connecting with.

4 thoughts on “Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

  1. I’ve only read book one of the Grisha Trilogy, but it was an okay read. This book, however, I love much more. The characters intrigued me, especially Kaz. I will be starting Siege and Storm soon, but I am not getting my hopes up about it. I can’t wait for the next book in SoC.

    1. Yeah overall I think I probably enjoyed this one more but like I said I just can’t put my finger on what it is about Bardugo’s writing that I don’t enjoy. I saw the cover for the next Six of Crows book yesterday via Twitter. Did you see it? What do you think?

  2. I agree that the first bit of the book is a bit confusing. I hadn’t even read the Grisha Trilogy when I started so I spent the first little while being confused about Materialki and so on. But I think it’s the fact that you don’t know who the main characters are supposed to be right away? Maybe? Like I thought the guard was a main character and then he wasn’t.

    Though I ended up being in deep and everlasting love with the book after, but if action is what you prefer I could see how it might be slow.

    1. I don’t need action in a book but if it is marketed as a heist story I expect a bit of action or that anxious feeling. The only part I felt that way was during the actual heist. Which is good but that whole first part spent on world building I just didn’t get it. I mean I understand it had to be done especially for those who didn’t read the Grisha trilogy, but even though 250 pages were spent building up the world the characters, and the heist I was completely bored and I couldn’t picture things in my head even with the two maps they included.
      The best part about this book is now that I have read it I really can say I love it. Reading it not so much but after having the full story I’m like yep that was a good book. I just think she was maybe too fluffy or something with her descriptions.

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