Six-of-CrowsKetterdam: 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.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publication Date: 29th September 2015

Series: Yes, it’s a duology and its second novel will be published in September 2016.

Yay! First post! Can’t think of a better way to start than with a favourite author. I’ve been well excited for this book and have to say, probably one of the best books of 2015. I even met the author while she was on tour in October! Anyways, let’s do this systematically:

The Characters:

There’s 6 main characters; Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Jesper and Wylan. The characters all have a different past and history which makes them unique, and coupled with Leigh’s great way of writing, it really brings them to life. The relationships between the characters are both simple and complicated, and they become your friends as you go on the journey with them.

The Plot:

Read the blurb. It’s simple enough. One may think that this is the typical heist book – and to be honest, I did too and in a way, it is a typical heist book. As I read it, so many more secrets were revealed and more details about each character’s past were unraveled. Things aren’t that simple. Betrayal is a key thing in this point and it’s what makes it so dark. If you’ve read the original trilogy, you’ll see how different things are in this book. Leigh presents a different side to the Grisha universe in this book and she does it wonderfully. It’s fast paced and full of twists too!

The Writing:

As usual, Leigh writes brilliantly and she brings the characters to life. Her descriptions are amazing. I would say it falls into the upper class of YA literature: it does not disappoint. I have read some books with writing that sounded like fan-fiction or in some cases, written by a 10 year-old that was given a pen and paper and the basic structure of the plot. Their desciptions were either complete cliches or hilarious.

The Conclusion:

It’s a brilliant book, and I won’t say anything about the ending but it’s definitely worth picking up. It had me up all night until I finished it. I loved all the characters, but if I had to choose, Inej would definitely be my favourite.

Rating: 5 stars – Read the rating guide if you haven’t.

Owned: Yes, I had it on preorder. That should tell you something! I rarely ever preorder books.

Recommended for: YA lovers, action lovers, fantasy lovers and those that like mild lovey stuff. If you like heist stuff, then this is also definitely for you and if you’ve read the original Grisha trilogy? Then you shouldn’t be here! Go pick it up now!

Warning: While I have always been fine with any amount of gore, there are some scenes in here which may make some readers a bit uncomfortable. There’s a slightly detailed scene of some eye-gouging.


If this review helped to make your mind up, then drop me a comment down below! Have you read it? What did you think? I seriously can’t wait for Crooked Kingdom!!!

One thought on “Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Review”

  1. Six of Crows was among my top picks for 2015 and I too met Leigh during the Fierce Reads tour! She was wonderful to speak to; specifically, I talked about my enjoyment of Nikolai LOL. But yeah, I thoroughly enjoyed this book more than The Grisha trilogy and I found the character dynamics in this book to be on point–to the extent that if you had removed the chapter headings to indicate which voice we were in, I could probably still tell who I was following.

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