Check out what I thought about SIX OF CROWS, a YA fantasy novel, by Leigh Bardugo!
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.
Thanks to Brittany for loaning me her ARC!
Six of Crows quickly became a book I was very much looking forward to after seeing Leigh at BookCon in May with Marissa Meyer and tearing through her Grisha Trilogy recently.
I don’t even know how to tell you, it does NOT disappoint.
This book has been pitched as Ocean’s 11 for YA. I’ve never seen those movies but I can tell you I’d pitch this as Heist Society meets Leigh Bardugo. It has great team dynamics that are really interesting and all the sass, pain, and creativity from Leigh as you’d expect.
It’s kind of crazy to say this book is told through SIX POVs but it works. I saw another reviewer on Goodreads mention that this book would have failed without Leigh and I think that’s so true. No one else could have allowed their characters to go to extremely unlikeable or dark places and still underpin everything with humanity. I’m trying to be annoyingly vague because this is a story you need to curl up with and devour in its entirety immediately.
Each POV is third person, which allows Leigh’s tone to stay the same, but delve into their unique backstories all while moving the plot along. I can’t fathom how it all works, but it does. It’s a marvel.
The Grisha world expands in ways I didn’t expect. There are lots of easter eggs for fans of her first series sprinkled throughout which make the reading experience all the more fun. One thing I loved about the original trilogy was the relationship between Alina, Genya, and Zoya. Leigh continues to write amazing female friendships, like she does here with Inej and Nina.
Six of Crows is fantastic. When I was reading the Grisha trilogy, I remember noticing that Leigh’s writing was improving steadily over each book. And then Six of Crows happened and I didn’t know her writing could get even better! Six of Crows will introduce readers to new ships (ooohhhmmmmyyygoooddd the ships), amazing flawed characters, high stakes, and an impossible heist only the most badass outcasts will attempt. And you’ll have the best time reading it.
I don’t even know. Below is a small selection:
-Kaz knew death. He could feel its presence on the ship now, looming over them, ready to take his Wraith. He was covered in her blood. [for otp/ship feels]
-‘I’m a businessman,’ he’d told her. ‘No more, no less.’
‘You’re a thief, Kaz.’
‘Isn’t that what I just said?’
-‘Do you have a different name for killing when you wear a uniform to do it?’
-‘It’s not natural for women to fight.’
She rolled her eyes. ‘It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet here you stand.’
-Better terrible truths than kind lies.
Inej just squeaks by Kaz and Nina.