RATING: 5/5 STARS
Yep, it’s happened. I’ve finally jumped on the Six of Crows bandwagon – or should I say the Leigh Bardugo bandwagon because now I wanna read all her books and I am eyeing the Grisha trilogy box set on Book Depository BUT THAT IS BESIDES THE POINT. The point is that this book was amazing, incredible, phenomenal, brilliant-someone get me a thesaurus because there can never be enough words to express my love for Six of Crows.
It kind of left me in a panic (not because of the ending, calm down, this is still the spoiler free section) because it was so good that it pushed every other book down my favorites list and has taken the number one spot.
So, if you are one of the very few people in this community that does not know what Six of Crows is about, it’s essentially described as a heist story. The characters essentially have to pull off this crazy mission and break in to a government facility and it’s just a lot of high stakes stuff. Although said heist doesn’t really take place till the second half or so but that was completely fine by me because the first half was just as interesting and it was super character driven and I feel like we all know how much I love character driven books.
Leigh Bardugo’s writing was absolutely mind blowing like she’s just my writing idol now I mean how does one even come up with this stuff. The story was paced really well and there’s suspense and fEeLiNgS and the world building is so intricate and amazing I’m completely blown away. The book is told in third person but it switches between characters sort of in the way the Heroes of Olympus books do so you get a lot of character depth. ALSO THE CHARACTERS ARE ALL EXCELLENT AND DIVERSE AND I LOVE THEM ALL. It’s a brilliant read, so if you haven’t picked it up yet then go do so!
Okay now lemme talk about the characters separately. There’s Kaz who is frikkin incredible. I mean the things he comes up with, like you know all those parts in the book where you’re like well dammit they’re screwed and then Kaz goes all “Oh I figured this might happen so I did this thing” and he explains it and I just stop reading for a second to take it in because GOSH DARN HECK MY SON IS A SMART BOI. Also, his story just broke my heart, I mean he was just a regular happy kid and then life just completely screwed him over. And then there’s Inej and she’s “The Wraith” and she jumps from rooftops and names her knives and she’s just such a brilliant character. She also has a really sad backstory but I love the fact that she maintains her spirit unlike someone *cough* Kaz *cough* She’s just such a strong character who accepts and faces her fears, like when she was in that incinerator shaft and she just makes up her mind that she’s gonna get out of there and make this new life for herself. ALSO KANEJ GIVES ME LIFE. I think they just go so well together – Dirtyhands and the Wraith – she just breaks down his walls in a way that no one else can and just ah the feels.
Then there’s Jesper who is quite possibly my favorite character (but don’t quote me on that because I can never seem to choose). He’s sort of like Kaz’s right hand man in the sense that he’s been by his side from the moment we are first introduced to them and you can really tell that despite their differences, him and Kaz trust each other a lot. I love how easygoing he is and his lines always crack me up. He also cares a lot about the other crows and I don’t know, I just think he’s amazing. I WAS SUPER SHOOK TO FIND OUT THAT HE’S A GRISHA THOUGH LIKE HE’S JUST CASUALLY KEPT THAT HIDDEN FOR YEARS?!?!
Wylan is sort of thrown in to the crew, and you can tell that he’s sort of treated like the weakest even though I think he’s a really valuable asset to the team and so much more than just Van Eck’s son. You really see him trying to really fit in with the rest of them and he goes through a lot of character growth throughout the book. You really get to see him really make a place for himself among the rest of them – although not as much as I would’ve liked since he doesn’t actually get his own chapter in the book.
Then we have Nina who I just completely fell in love with. She’s officially my number one fictional crush. She’s a Heartrender so she is essentially born with the power to destroy, and she’s also really strong willed and was trained in the Second Army so she always counters any injustice. But at the same time she’s so incredibly compassionate (like when Inej wakes up after being stabbed and Nina just bursts in to tears) and she loves food, cracks jokes, has a terrible singing voice and just how can you not love her. I think her relationship with Matthias is probably my favorite ALTHOUGH not until the very end of the book did I feel that way because my gosh I spent so much of the book just furiously loathing Matthias. So he’s really interesting, I mean he was a druskelle and has these very set beliefs and Nina sort of just goes against all of that. But I didn’t know whether to trust him for so long because of it, although the more you get to know about him you do see all the times he questions the Fjerdan views about Grisha. And that part at the end when Brum traps Nina in the cell and Matthias shows up I was so upset because even though I had mixed feelings about him, I really wanted him to be a good guy but hey PLOT TWIST HE IS A GOOD GUY AND HE KNOCKS OUT BRUM AND SAVES NINA AND THEN RECITES THE DRUSKELLE VOW TO FJERDA BUT HE SAYS IT TO NINA ABOUT HOW HE WAS MADE TO PROTECT HER AND MY HEART JUST COULDN’T TAKE IT.
I also got an X-Men sorta vibe from the first half of the book. You know how every generation of X-Men is brought together even though they are from completely different walks of life and I just got that sort of feeling when Kaz went to get Nina from the House of the White Rose and then they have to break Matthias out of Hellgate.
This was just one of those books that I couldn’t put down. And I don’t mean that figuratively, I mean I literally couldn’t put it down. There were times when I’d be all “Okay I’ll stop for now after this chapter” but then something would happen and I’d have to keep reading. IT’S JUST INCREDIBLE IN EVERY WAY AND I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT.