Book Review: "Six of Crows"

    I`m finally doing it guys, I`m sharing my thoughts on "Six of Crows". I was reluctant about posting a review because it`s such a hyped book, but at the end of the day, we all love it for different reasons. Truth be told, I was a big fan of Leigh Bardugo`s writing since the Grisha trilogy, but this book exceeded all of my expectations. I loved the world, the plot, and especially the characters. When The Independent described this novel as "Ocean`s Eleven meets Game of Thrones", they were not joking. It has the epicness of those stories, combined into one kick-ass literary masterpiece.

Despite this long eulogy, I had my doubts at the beginning. For the first fifty pages, I missed Ravka and its supernatural setting. Don`t get me wrong, we still have Grisha in this book. But magic doesn`t play a big part this time. The action takes place shortly after the end of the civil war in Ravka, and those with powers have to hide. Although you don`t have to read the first trilogy, they give you a better understanding of the events that are happening right now.

As usual, Leigh Bardugo is a queen when it comes to world building. The action takes place in Ketterdam, a city strongly inspired by Amsterdam. Whilst we still have that decadence, everything is more dangerous. In Kerch, trade is sacred, and people are used to a lush lifestyle. And in the middle of everything, we have our group of misfits. We have Kaz, the criminal prodigy, and leader of the gang. Then we have his right hand, Inej, a master at spying people. Jesper, the sharpshooter. Nina and Matthias, a Grisha soldier and a Grisha hunter. And lastly, Wylan, the prodigal son of a wealthy mercer. And in all honesty, it`s the interactions between this diverse group of characters that make this book so loved by millions.

“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.”

I`m not going to give you a run of the plot, cause ain`t nobody got time for that. I`m also sure that 90% of you have already read this duology. The gang is hired to pull an impossible heist, and from then on miracles happen. One thing that took me by surprise is how much I enjoyed the ships. Although romance is minor, all of the couples are so well suited for each other. We have Kaz and Inej, broken people that try to make peace with their past. There`s the comical and easy-going relationship between Jesper and Wylan. And of course, the love and hate between Nina and Matthias. Like I said, I loved all of the couples, but Nina and Matthias hold a special place in my heart. That`s because despite their beliefs, they challenge each other and they`re better people when they`re together. They`re both loyal to their duty but somehow manage to see the flaws in the system.

“He buried his face in her hair. She felt his lips move against her ear when he said, “I never want to see you like this again.” “Do you mean the dress or the cell?” A laugh shook him. “Definitely the cell.” Then he cupped her face in his hands. “Jer molle pe oonet. Enel mörd je nej afva trohem verretn.” Nina swallowed hard. She remembered those words and what they truly meant. I have been made to protect you. Only in death will I be kept from this oath. It was the vow of the drüskelle to Fjerda. And now it was Matthias’ promise to her. She knew she should say something profound, something beautiful in response. Instead, she spoke the truth. “If we make it out of here alive, I’m going to kiss you unconscious.” 

The book does an excellent job of switching between non-stop action and character building. There are some amazing flashbacks when you get the motivation for their action. Although none of the characters are saints, their hearts were in the right place. And I`d take a flawed, multi-dimensional anti-hero over a stupid hero every day. Plus, the banter is so good, I could probably read 10.000 pages of dialogue and not get bored at all.

Obviously, I`ve already read the sequel, and know what to expect. I really hope you enjoyed this mini review, and I can`t wait to share my thoughts on the sequel. I`m not going to lie, it destroyed me, but more on that later.

1 comment

  1. I'm in need of an interesting read and what's better than something in a genre I have never tried before? Might have to give this book a try!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥