Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

February 4, 2016 Review 36 ★★★★★

Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Source: Gift
Pages: 465
Release Date: September 29th, 2015
Series: Six of Crows #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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.

This review is going to be a mess. Mostly because I only finished SIX OF CROWS last night so my brain is still in a state of

fuck yeah emotions fangirl

which are coincidentally the main feelings I had throughout the novel at various points. SIX OF CROWS has destroyed me because god damn amazing characters and plot and I just can’t. But I’m going to try and get my thoughts in some semblance of actual sentences because this book deserves a(nother) review.

Also before I start, to give you another measure of how awesome it is: I’m going to recommend SIX OF CROWS to my Dad. This is the highest praise a YA novel can get (because I only recommend the best stories to him. So I far have only been wrong once).

SIX OF CROWS takes the Grisha universe to a whole new level. Everything is a bigger scale, we get to see a lot more of the world and people from the different countries that weren’t explored that much in the original Grisha trilogy. There are also much higher stakes, more violence, and just more terrifying potential plot lines and consequences. It’s dark. Very dark.

The plot was phenomenal. Pretty fast paced, though it did slow down a little when they were travelling but even then my heart was being destroyed as I learnt about the pasts of all the main characters.

hold me

It was also filled with some freaking awesome plot twists. I shouted about them a lot (just ask Alise). The last half of the novel in particular had me scraping my jaw of the ground because in every chapter my mind was blown. The action that was happening, the consequences of the twists, the way the characters and their courage and abilities kept surprising me and the way they’d escape impossible situations were just djhafkdfad. I seriously did not see most of them coming.

holy shit

My favourite thing about SIX OF CROWS is the characters hands down. All of them. They’re so well developed and interesting and morally ambiguous. I love every single one of them. I also find Kaz absolutely terrifying. Seriously there were sometimes I sat back in shock because I couldn’t believe what he’d done. Before starting I thought he might be a Robin Hood type character but I was so wrong. Kaz has his own reasons for everything he does, and they’re not necessarily good or lawful.

The one thing that destroyed me the most in SIX OF CROWS was the character relationships. They all broke my heart in various ways. So many shippable moments and also just as many moments that make you feel incredible pain. Nina and Matthias were the best at causing pain, curse those two beautiful people with their complicated history.

not ok

If I had to be picky and complain about one thing, it was that the ending was so abrupt! It did not end where I expected or wanted it too. My brain was so sure that there was another 50 pages but NOPE the acknowledgements filled me. But in hindsight that was a pretty good place to end the novel, with a final massive plot twist or two that leaves you screaming for CROOKED KINGDOM as you try to battle your shock at what just happened.

SIX OF CROWS was my final read of 2015 and I’m so glad I decided to end the year with this phenomenal book. With complex characters that will cause you a great deal of emotional trauma, a massive diverse world, and a suspenseful plot that will shock you over and over again, SIX OF CROWS is the perfect read for any fantasy fan. I cannot wait to reread it. 

Rating Report
Overall: 5

36 Responses to “Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo”

  1. Kelly

    Wow, this is the first time I’ve seen you give 5 whole stars! (Six of Crows was pretty fantastic though… and that cliffhanger! *Checks The Crooked Kingdom release date again.*)

    The twists were great because sometimes you’d be asking “is this part of the plan? Are things going according to plan? What is happening?” -in the best possible way.
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    • Bec

      Really? I’ve given them out quite a few times but maybe not that much recently.

      I really need Crooked Kingdom ASAP. I hope the twists are just as awesome in the sequel. And the planning just as mind blowing.

      • Kelly

        It is possible that my memory is over-saturated with biology concepts and I’ve forgotten about a more recent 5 star review too… my brain is great like that.

        I’m kind of glad that The Dregs is a duology, because that way Crooked Kingdom (probably) won’t end on another cliffhanger. Glad but also kind of not, because I know I’m going to want more when I finish it!
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        • Bec

          It’s probably been a while since I reviews a full 5 star book honestly haha. But biology does tend to take over the brain.

          I haven’t read too many duologies but I do like the idea of The Dregs wrapping up in two books. It seems like the right amount of time. I’ll miss the characters though. (Hopefully Bardugo will write some more books set in the Grisha universe and they’ll have mentions/appearances :D)
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    • Bec

      Hooray! Yeah I also would have liked more from Wylan. He’s the character I felt least connected to simply because we barely got to see him. I hope we get more of him in Crooked Kingdom.

  2. Maya @ Suddenly Inundated

    I STILL HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK *dies* I have been trying to get this book, so I can feast on it. But I havent!!! I still have to read Ruin and Rising before I can dive into this but aaaaaa! I have so many books to read, and so little time! I love this review and your reactions make me want to read it allthemore! It is flawlesssss
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    • Bec

      You don’t! It’s a completely separate series that’s just set in the same universe. Reading the other books will give you a deeper understanding of the Girsha world and you’ll understand some of the references, but it’s not necessary at all. The only thing is that it spoils some aspects of the overall ending of the Grisha trilogy (but it doesn’t give away all the details)

  3. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Fantastic review Bec!! I want to catch up on The Grisha Trilogy before I get into this one but CLEARLY I NEED to do that ASAP so I can get into Six of Crows! This sounds phenomenal, from the characters, the world, the magic, the darkness…EVERYTHING. I NEED this book in my life! The feelings this one brought on for you have caught on because I WANT THEM TOO LOL :D
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  4. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this one! I still need to read it, but it’s in my TBR pile, so that’s like step 2 after deciding I want to read a book! LOL! Step 3 naturally is reading! So I’m almost there! Glad to hear you thought so highly of this one! Every time I see these reviews with the reviewer so excited about describing it, I get happy because I feel like I know I picked the right book! Amazing review!!
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    • Bec

      I really did love it!

      The time you choose to read a book and the mood you’re in can really change your experience of a book :/ I imagine it’s really hard to read any book during Schoolies haha. Good luck if you decide to try again!

  5. Anissa @ She Reads Too Much

    GAAAH, omg reading your review makes me want to read this precious baby all over again because IT IS SO AMAZING *squeals*. Like seriously I’m going to buy it in hardback (and secretly hope Leigh Bardugo will come to London again this year!). I recommended this to a guy at my office (he’s 30 so quite a lot older than us), and he really liked it! I hope your dad will like it, haha! :D Great review!!
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    • Bec

      I wanted to reread it immediately upon finishing it! It was so hard not to flip back to page one straight away.

      I’m secretly hoping Leigh Bardugo will come to Australia some time soon! Hopefully one of use get to meet her this year haha

  6. Wattle

    I keep hearing such good things about this novel! I bought it a couple of months ago but haven’t got around to reading it yet (I want a reading superpower).

    I hope your Dad likes it! I think that’s very brave of you! The only books my Dad and I have shared are Harry Potter (and non-YA: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series…and American Gods which he dubbed ‘weird’ which is accurate lol)
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    • Bec

      I hope you get to read it soon!

      So far the books I’ve recommended that Dad has loved are The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, The Lotus War trilogy by Jay Kristoff, The Mistborn books by Brandon Sanderson (he ended up reading the sequels before me haha), and I think he might have read The Night Circus but I can’t remember? As long as it’s an excellent story he will read it, he doesn’t care if it’s YA or not.

  7. Lola

    I own Shadow and Bone, but still haven’t read it. I heard so many good things about that series and Six of Crows, so I am really curious. I am assuming it’s best to start with The Grisha series before reading Six of Crows?
    I like the sound of how this book takes the world to a new level and you leanr more about the world. And the plot twists and characters sounds so well done. I like it when a book can surprise you with plot twists and make you care about the characters. Great review!
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    • Bec

      You don’t have to start with The Grisha Trilogy, but it will give you a better understanding of the Grisha magic system, the Ravkan government, and you’ll know who some of the characters that are mentions are. But it’s not strictly necessary to read the Grisha trilogy first.


    • Bec

      Yay I’m glad to hear that! I just made my sister read it and she agrees Dad should read it, so I’m sure we’ll start pressuring him soon.

      It has so many elements I love, all in one book! So glad I got it for my bday :D

  8. Jee Ann

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Sorry, but that’s also my reaction to Six of Crows. At least you were able to write a review :( my mind’s still jumbled up, like I can’t bring myself to write it down and I just wanna say, OMG JUST READ IT! I so feel you Bec!

    • Bec

      It’s such a good reaction to Six of Crows! I’m so surprised I was able to write a review. I thought I was going to fangirl scream throughout it all.

    • Bec

      It was such a struggle not to reread this book immediately after finishing it. I can’t wait for Crooked Kingdom to come out so I have a valid excuse to reread it XD


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