Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Posted on 12/15/2015 in Book Review / 4 Comments

Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh BardugoSix of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Published by Henry Holt and Company on September 29th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 465
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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...\r\nA convict with a thirst for revenge.\r\nA sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.\r\nA runaway with a privileged past.\r\nA spy known as the Wraith.\r\nA Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. \r\nA thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. \r\nSix 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.\r\n

Adventure, mystery, great characters with interesting backstories, and complex (and amazing) world building…all found within the pages of this book! And look at that cover – I love it!  I hadn’t read the Shadow and Bone series by Leigh Bardugo, so I was a little worried if I would be able to jump right into this one. As you’ve probably guessed, that wasn’t an issue. I quickly found myself immersed in this world of thieves, spies, and magic. Kaz Brekker and his band of outcasts kept me on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what crazy thing they were going to manage to pull off next.   I enjoyed the different perspectives, and getting to know each character’s backstory, their motivations and some of their secrets. I also enjoyed watching them come together, forging bonds and struggling to put their trust in one another. My favorite character was Inej – she was tough, loyal, and kept me totally intrigued. I really liked the banter between the group – the sarcasm and wit was a great blend with the darkness that often filled the pages. The writing is clever, and the dialogue was smart and witty.   Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo takes a complicated heist scenario and puts it into the middle of a dark, magical world. She takes dangerous convicts and spies and makes the reader completely fall in love with them. Then she mixes in non-stop action, a couple of twists, and just the right amount of romance. The result is a fun, fast-paced book that left me wanting more. If I had any complaints, it would be that the ending left me wishing for more answers. I will be anxiously waiting for the next book in the series – this one’s a keeper!  

“None of us moves on without a backward look. We move on always carrying with us those we have lost.”

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Jessica’s addiction to books began at age 4, going on weekly trips to the library with her mom. After being a young fan of Sweet Valley High and The Baby-Sitters Club, she discovered the thrill of reading a book that made her want to leave the light on and check under the bed. Her all-time favorite author is Stephen King, but she will read just about anything! Jessica never leaves home without her e-reader, and considers it the best gift she ever received. Her other hobbies include running and going to Disney World as often as possible.

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4 responses to “Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

  1. Just bought copies of this for my son and nephew (and plan on borrowing my son’s after he’s read it). Glad to hear it’s good and that not reading the Smoke and Bone series isn’t an issue. Was concerned about that, but the book is so physically beautiful that I couldn’t resist. Thanks for the review.
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  2. I didn’t want to get this because I never finished the Grisha series, but seeing your review I think I’ll go ahead and read it since you hadn’t read it before going in and understood it. I’ve heard so many good things about this one!

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