Title: “Six of Crows”
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Pages (hardcover): 480 pages
Original Publishing Date: 29 September 2015
Synopsis (from the inside flap):
“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.”
Trigger warnings for the novel:
- torture scene/graphic violence (pgs. 157-158)
- mentions of slavery and forced prostitution (not graphic; throughout the novel)
- violence (throughout the novel)
(NOTE: I don’t personally think there are any big spoilers in this review, but some things said in regards to relationships between characters may be taken that way.)
This isn’t the first time I read Six of Crows, but it’s the first time I’ve reviewed it on this blog. I’ve actually read it twice before this most recent reading. The first time I rad it, I fell in love. This third time? Possibly even more so.
I love the characters for a bunch of different reasons individually, but together, it’s because they’re criminals, because they are ruthless, because they still have “””normal””” human needs despite that. The still have hopes, dreams, love. Let me break them down, character by character.
Kaz. Ruthless Kaz. Sometimes he annoys me, much like he annoys the crew, but I like his backstory. I like how he uses everyone’s perceptions of him to his benefit, how he creates this image of himself to hide who he truly is. And I love how he is around Inej. Yes, he’s an ass to her sometimes, and that shouldn’t be tolerated, but he does care for her, and it shows. In its own quirky way, it shows.
Listen. Inej is probably my second favorite Six of Crows character. Her backstory broke my heart, but how she got around to being a member of the Dregs is pretty cool. Her spying abilities are phenomenal, and people are right in calling her the Wraith and being cautious, even scared, of her. Her feelings for Kaz make me smile, but her finding her purpose really made me root for her more.
Ah, Nina, one of the fictional loves of my life. I like how she seems like a pure, innocent girl, but. Ya know. Could easily kill you while she’s out for brunch. Her friendship for Inej is also heartwarming to see. Girls supporting girls is always needed, no matter what. I’m still not sure how I feel with the relationship between Matthias and her, though, even after reading this book three times. I think I’ll have to wait and see. Speaking of Matthias…
Oh, Matthias, the character I have a love-hate relationship with. On one hand, he was a proud member of a genocidal military. On the other hand, there was quite a bit of character development…I guess? He’s a complex character, and I still don’t know if it’s a good “complex” or a bad “complex.” Much like the relationship between him and Nina…we’ll see.
Jesper is probably my favorite Six of Crows character. Like everyone else, he isn’t the nicest person in Ketterdam. But he also loves his guns and may or may not (depending on who you ask) have a gambling problem. He’s Kaz’s second, but sometimes doesn’t feel like it. I get the feeling that Jesper would be the type to, if it came down to it, protect himself over others, more so than the rest of the Dregs. Not that that’s a bad thing, but I feel like outside of the crew, he wouldn’t care about anyone else.
I think the only non-ruthless Dreg has to be Wylan. I seriously can’t think he’s capable of killing anyone like the others are. Maybe he is, I don’t know, but so far? Nah. But I still love him, and I can’t wait to see what Crooked Kingdom has in store for him. I have a feeling he might become a total badass, “truly” one of the Dregs…or he’s just going to be the same finicky boy he was in Six of Crows.
But, as you can see, I really enjoyed the cast of characters. I also appreciated the plot. It was fast-paced, and the stakes were huge. The tension never went away, and something always seemed to go wrong at the worst time. On top of that, the way everyone’s backstory was wound throughout the novel was great, too. It didn’t seem to take away from the overall store and, instead, added to it.
I definitely think Six of Crows deserves five stars.
What were your thoughts on the book? Loved it? Couldn’t stand it? Somewhere in the middle?
Until next time~