Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – REVIEW
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
Break into the notorious Ice Court (a military stronghold that has never been breached).
Retrieve a hostage (who could unleash magical havoc on the world).
Survive long enough to collect his reward (and spend it).
Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.
“No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for good luck.”
2017 was the year of Leigh Bardugo for me as I read the Grisha trilogy, Wonder Woman: Warbringer, The Language of Thorns, and the Six of Crows duology. I can’t believe I waited so long to start them as they were all absolutely brilliant. I adored the Six of Crows duology and it’s definitely a series I’ll be rereading. The six main characters – Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Wylan, Matthias, and Nina – were beautifully developed and memorable. As a team, they are unforgettable. Nina was probably the most fun but Kaz and Jesper were the most complex characters. Kaz’s disability is deftly handled and it’s obvious that Leigh Bardugo is incorporating some of her own disability into his portrayal. I also thought the mental health issues, particularly Kaz’s PTSD, were sensitively and realistically portrayed.
“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”
The world-building is absolutely stunning and intricately detailed. The Barrel seemed modelled on Victorian slums, with its gangs, particular fashion style, and criminal enterprises. The different gangs were vividly described, especially the Dregs led by Per Haskell and Kaz. Ketterdam was inspired by Amsterdam and I loved learning about its layout and names. The richly detailed setting was like another character in its potency and was certainly one of the most memorable settings I’ve read recently. The premise of the book is an impossible heist, with the story having an Ocean’s Eleven-esque feel to it. I love this formula so was immediately hooked and remained in its grip until the very end.
“Men mock the gods until they need them, Kaz.”
Leigh Bardugo has definitely become one of my favourite authors and I’ll be automatically buying any new releases from her. Her writing style has obviously matured since the Grisha trilogy as evidenced by the beautiful prose, memorable characters, and atmospheric setting. I loved the snippets of each character’s history sprinkled throughout the story, allowing the reader to understand what drove them and how they became such beautifully flawed characters. The cliffhanger ending meant I dove straight into Crooked Kingdom as I needed to find out what happened next as soon as possible. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys young adult fantasy.
A gripping story with unforgettable characters, a fun premise, and a stunning setting.
|About the Author
Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of the Six of Crows Duology and the Shadow and Bone Trilogy.
She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.