book reviews

Six of Crows

Leigh Bardugo

It’s a story full of street gangs, elaborate heists, and mysterious characters, so it’s no wonder that I tore through this book in record time. It didn’t hurt that I am a sucker for damaged, angsty characters (yes, I’m talking about Kaz Brekker). Six of Crows is the first book in a trilogy, and it kicks off the series with a compelling introduction to Ketterdam and the characters that roam its streets.

The events in Six of Crows are high-stakes, and there is never a dull moment. Prepare to be on the edge of your reading seat the whole time, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself holding your breath at the turn of every page. Kaz Brekker is really the star of the show (novel), and I would be doing him an injustice to not rave over his character. Backstory is everything here, folks, and Kaz has quite the history! He’s mysterious, clever, and never takes off his gloves, and that is all it takes to make me love him.

Many of the characters in this book are morally ambiguous – they do kind of questionable things that cannot be defined as just right or wrong. In a book, that adds a level of realness and tension that makes the plot all the more heightened and the characters all the more interesting. But, who can resist charismatic anti-heroes? Not me! On the dangerous streets of Ketterdam, though, the characters are just trying to survive and will do what they must in order to make it in a ruthless world.

I loved this book and this series. Whenever I find myself unsure of what to read next, Six of Crows always draws me in for a reread. As a sucker for slow-burn romances, this book had me in a state! The relationship between Inej and Kaz in this book is unlike any I have read before. Bardugo creates a dynamic between the two that makes every interaction between them, no matter how small, meaningful and completely filled with will-they-won’t-they tension. It’s simultaneously a bookworm’s worst nightmare and best dream.

There are so many secrets and complexities within Six of Crows that you need to read it, probably more than once, to fully appreciate the masterpiece (yes, it is a masterpiece) that it is. I’m holding back in this review and trying not to full-on rant about how much I enjoyed this book, so I will allow myself this sentence to explain how much I want to!

I give Six of Crows five stars. The characters and the plot are so intricate and thrilling that, as a reader, you can’t help but be completely immersed in the world that Leigh Bardugo has created. Pick this book up and you will not be able to put it back down! I would recommend Six of Crows to those who have read Bardugo’s other books, The Grisha Series, or for people who enjoyed the secrets and fast-paced action of books like Legendary by Stephanie Garber.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Have you read Six of Crows? Let me know what you thought about it in the comments!

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