Six of Crows Book Review

Six of Crows Book Review

“No mourners. No funerals,” is the motto of the infamous Dregs, a gang from Ketterdam’s alleys and shadows. In Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, six characters from the criminal underworld of the fantasy city take on an impossible heist for an unimaginable reward. The novel falls into the genre of epic fantasy, complete with an incredible world of different cultures, races, and languages, which ended up being one of my favorite parts of the novel. The magic system is unbelievably complex. Alongside that, when it comes to favorites, I have to mention Bardugo’s cast of characters. The story is told in third person, but each chapter alternates between the narrative of one of six different characters, each as completely fleshed out, developed, and interesting as the others. There’s the bloodthirsty thief with a hidden past, a gambler with an affinity for guns, a merchant’s son who keeps his secrets close to his heart, a slave girl tuned dangerous spy, an ex-warrior from a faraway land, and a talented Grisha who can control people’s hearts. The mood of the novel is something dark and dangerous, with moments of well-crafted humor. I was impressed through the entire novel.

Although the first hundred or so pages didn’t reach my overly-high expectations, it was a five star read from there on out! The beginning was a little confusing–you’re thrown into the middle of the action, with names of people and places coming at you left and right. As soon as I had read enough to get things straight, I couldn’t put the book down. The characters were what made this read as brilliant as it was. And combined with the intelligent, twisting plot, it’s something entirely unique.  Crooked Kingdom, the sequel to Six of Crows, is sitting at the top of my Christmas list. Fingers crossed for the chance to read it soon!