Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Posted September 14, 2015 by Wendy in Reviews / 6 Comments

Review: Six of Crows by Leigh BardugoSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1
Published by Macmillan on September 29th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 480
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed from Rebecca at Library Canary
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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.
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.

Why Did I Read?

The Grisha trilogy is one of my favorite fantasy series so I was beyond excited when I heard that there was going to be a new series set in the Grishaverse!

My Thoughts:

Leigh has a way with words! Her writing is amazing. Sometimes when I read, there are certain books that as I read, the words settle over me and I get this feeling of ahhh, yes, this is why I love reading. The descriptions place me right there in Ketterdam in the Grisha universe and her writing is just… beautiful to my brain. I’m not sure I’m quite conveying the sentiment I’m feeling but I just love the way she weaves words together!

Anyway, my obsession with Leigh’s writing aside, I loved this story! First of all, while this is set in the Grishaverse, you in no way need to have read the Grisha trilogy in order to enjoy Six of Crows. You just have the same world but it truly is its own standalone series. Kaz is a criminal. He’s a great criminal and good at what he does. He belongs to one of the many gangs in Ketterdam and is approached with a job, a near impossible heist but with a reward that just can’t be turned down. I do love myself a good heist story!

Each person in Kaz’s team that he puts together for this heist is super intriguing. They all have a history. Each and every one of them have such an complex background and I loved slowly getting to know how each person came to be the way they are and what happened in their pasts to drive them in the present. Besides the intriguing background of each person, you have the heist at hand which is crazy complicated and I could totally see this as a movie. I was on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what would happen and how they could be successful!

I felt like the pacing was spot on. I was hooked and couldn’t wait to find out what would happen as well as finding out what had happened in the pasts of each of these characters. The flashbacks were perfect. I’m seriously so invested in everyone in this story and I am already dying for the next book to come out!

In Short…

If you are a fan of fantasy, you will love this one! Leigh’s writing is simply amazing and I love love love it and her. I also love the Grisha world and I was so happy to be back in the Grishaverse! The characters, the heist, the story, it ALL was fantastic and I can see myself rereading this already!

My Rating: 5 Stars!

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6 responses to “Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

  1. I can’t wait for this one!!! And good to hear I don’t have to read the Grisha Trilogy. I have (and LOVED IT) but honestly, I just remember the basics at this point so I may as well have not read it. Great review, you made me even more excited to read it!

  2. Yes to everything you said here! All of the characters in this book were so complex and amazing. I loved being back in the world, but I loved that this was definitely it’s own book. I liked that we got to see more of the other countries in the world that are mentioned in the Grisha Trilogy. The pacing was amazing and it had me completely hooked the whole time reading. So glad you loved it!!

  3. I definitely need to read the first series. It’s been on my kindle forever and I think Leigh is pretty awesome when I saw her at YALLFest last year 🙂

  4. I loved SIX OF CROWS! I’ve pretty much decided that it’s my favorite novel that Leigh has ever written. I seriously loved these characters, and I enjoyed reading all about their heists and hijinks along the way! So thrilled to see that you enjoyed it just as much as I did.

  5. Oh that’s cool that it is set in the GrishaVerse! I loved Shadow and Bone because of the world building so will defo check this out when I get the rest of the trilogy read!