Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★½
“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.”
This fantastic fantasy novel really surprised me. I read the Shadow & Bone trilogy and thought it was okay but nothing more. A lot of people recommend this duology and I’m glad I started reading it. Six of Crows is a great story about amazing characters set in an stunning world. Leigh Bardugo did a wonderful job writing this novel.
This novel is set in the same world as the Shadow & Bone trilogy, but in a different city. 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. . . .
The book follows six characters.
Matthias Helvar – A convict with a thirst for revenge
Jesper Fahey – A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
Wylan Van Eck – A runaway with a privileged past
Inej Ghafa – A spy known as the Wraith
Nina Zenik – A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
Kaz Brekker – A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
This novel feels nothing like the first three books in this world. The writing style was so much better in this one. I finished Six of Crows in a couple of days because I got sucked in right away. The story was so much more relatable. These characters aren’t perfect, far from it. They are full of flaws and that’s what makes them feel so real. Every one of them is their own person, they’re all so different. Each and every one of them has their own view on things which often leads to conflicts between them. The fact that each chapter is told by an other character made the book that bit more interesting. It was fun to read the different reactions of every character.
The story itself was really different from most books. This isn’t your average story about a hero trying to make the world a better place. Kaz Brekker is the leading character in this novel and he’s nowhere near being a good person. He is a thief and does (almost) everything just to get money and in the best case also some profit on it.
This story didn’t include much romance but you could feel the tension between some of the characters. Even though I am a sucker for some romance, it didn’t bother me all that much there was none in this book. It suited the storyline and the friendships between the characters made up for it.
I gave Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo a score of 4,5 stars out of 5 and would definitely recommend it if you’re a fantasy fan. The characters are well written and so is the story. I was really skeptical at first, but you really should give it a go.
Books in this world are:
- Shadow and Bone (#1, Shadow and Bone Trilogy)
- Siege and Storm (#2, Shadow and Bone Trilogy)
- Ruin and Rising (#3, Shadow and Bone Trilogy)
- Six of Crows (#1, Six of Crows)
- Crooked Kingdom (#2, Six of Crows)
- Unnamed (#3, Six of Crows)
- King of Scars (#1, Nikolai Duology)
- Unnamed (#2, Nikolai Duology)
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