Saturday, November 21, 2015

Six of Crows Review

Book: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: Six of Crows

Status: Book 1 (ongoing)

POV: 3rd person by various people, past tense

Setting: Kerch

Genre: YA fantasy



Source: Physical copy

Publisher: Henry and Holt

Pages: 465

Release: September 29th, 2016



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.


(Goodreads)



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Talk about a completely new and different aspect of the Grisha world!


Against what others may think, this series is nothing like the original Grisha trilogy. It may be set after the events of Ruin and Rising (Grisha series book 3), but it has absolutely nothing to do with what happened then. This is a completely different part of the world, and the plot has absolutely nothing to deal with anything that happened in the other books. It is not a continuation of the original series; it is wholly unique with its own plot. You don't need to have read the Grisha series to read this book. Not at all.


This book features Kaz, a brilliant criminal and thief, who is offered 3 million kruge in return for completing an impossible heist. To do so, Kaz scrounges up a crew of other thieves and outcasts as they attempt to break into the most heavily guarded in Fjerda. However, they might have actually stumbled upon something much bigger than just a job for money...


At first, I was fearful that the numerous points of views and characters would make the story too convoluted. However, I was completely wrong. Each character is distantly unique, and the problems they face personally are relatively simple though still scarring. What I liked about it was that it didn't make the story too overwhelming. Simple problems, with tons of time to go in depth with them, which balances the character arcs and plot development quite nicely.


Kaz leaned back. "What's the easiest way to steal a man's wallet?"

"Knife to the throat" asked Inej.

"Gun to the back?" said Jesper.

"Poison in his cup?" suggested Nina.

"You're all horrible," said Matthias.

Kaz rolled his eyes. "The easiest way to steal a man's wallet is to tell him you're going to steal his watch. You take his attention and direct it where you want it to go."



Kaz is hands down, one of the most scheming characters I've ever read about. He is absolutely brilliant, and isn't above lying, blackmailing, torturing, or killing. But as we see, Kaz isn't as high and mighty as others think he is. His past isn't a pleasant one, and he's fuelled by revenge regarding his brother's death. But I really loved seeing exactly how human he really is, and I especially loved see in how his mind worked.


Inej is definitely the most badass of the crew. She's known as the Wraith in Ketterdam, a spy who works for Kaz, who has an uncanny ability to scale walls, eavesdrop, and gain information on practically anyone or anything. Inej is like a ghost, able to move quickly without making a sound, and can easily slip away into the darkness. Though she is one among the famous criminals of Ketterdam with her knives, Inej has her fair share of a past worth fearing.


Nina is our Heartrender, the only Grisha in crew. I really liked her personality, and her confidence, and her fluency in literally every language. She actually is part of the Second Army in Ravka, and as much as she wants to go back, she's held back in Ketterdam for one reason, and one reason only: guilt. And until she can set things right, she won't leave.


Matthias a Fjerdan convict. It's true he has been part of some bad things, but if anything, Matthias is not someone to judge based on his history. He is very strong, determined, and loyal character, straightforward in everything except his heart. I felt so much angst and agony with his, but in a good way!


Jesper is one of my personal favourites, mainly because I love his humour. His unabashed love for his guns and gambling had me laughing a few times as he reminded me of one of those cowboys. But believe me, Jesper is way better than any cowboy. He's a sharpshooter and is absolutely exhilarated whenever he gets to shoot at things. Jesper really smoothed things along, and I loved him for it.


Wylan happens to be the newest of the group, having grown up in a lavish home. He is the crew's demolition expert, but apart from that, he isn't as strong, cunning, vicious, or resilient as the rest of the characters. Wylan doesn't actually get a perspective in the book, but he does play some major roles in helping others.


If you've noticed, the main cast of characters are not Grisha dominated. We really get to see the difference between Grisha and those who aren't Grisha, and see that they are equally as powerful as Grisha are. Who says you need powers to be deadly?


This book didn't contain much romance, but I do have 3 major ships going on right now, plus an additional 2 ships that probably won't ever happen. There is just enough romance to have you gasping for more, but it doesn't take over the plot completely at any point.


"I will have you without armour, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all."




This book is fantastic, and I highly recommend you read it if you're looking for a book about daring escapes, brilliant plans, a smudge of romance, and a rich world. The book was fast paced, and there were twists and turns at every corner. Characters were unpredictable, as was plot.  As for the ending...well, I'm going to be sitting quietly and sobbing for a year until the next one comes out. But definitely pick this one up!



28 comments:

  1. Saw reviews from both sides with SoC but I think I'll still read it. I loved the Grisha so I wanna continue with that world!

    Nice review!

    Laura @ psilovethatbook

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I've seen reviews going both ways too. Hopefully you'll enjoy it as much as I have, since the world is great!

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  2. Man oh man I really think I'll like this one. I have to dive into Bardugo's other books. Nice review!

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    1. Thank you! This is a great series, and Bardugo never disappoints!

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  3. Though I have yet to read this book, It sounds so amazing! I like how you did an overview of the characters showing who they all are. I'm not particularly fond of too much p.o.v's in books but I think I might be okay with this cause all these characters sound so unique! I only have one question about this book, do we have to read the Grisha books first?

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    1. Nope! There's no need to read the Grisha books first. This book is completely unique and separate from the Grisha series. There are minimal mentions of a few people from the previous book, but they're not important in any way to the plot. I was worried about the multiple POVs too, but not once did it get confusing for me!

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  4. Awesome! Your review gives me that big push to get the book and read it! :)

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    1. YES Cloe, you need to read it asap! It is amazing and I can't even begin to describe the brilliance of the characters, especially Kaz!

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  5. Gosh I need to get this book already.

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    1. Do it! This book also happens to have black stained edges, which makes it an absolutely gorgeous book! :D

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    2. Omg I bet that is so cool. I love details like that.

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  6. This awesome review is making me really want to literally go grab the book from my bookshelf and start it already! I love characters and stories with depth, and I really just know this is a great pick. :D

    Thanks for telling that it isn't necessary to read the Grisha trilogy in order to understand Six of Crows. That's actually one of my hesitations, eh? I'm afraid I might get lost in Six of Crows because I didn't read Grisha trilogy. So yeah, thank you for that!! :)

    Fiona | A Girl Between the Pages

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Fiona :) Yes, you don't need to have read the Grisha series for this. This is completely independent of the previous series, and in no way will having not read it affect your reading of Six of Crows. Pick it up as soon as you can! :D

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  7. I already have this book as an e-book, I just need to spare some time to read it!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

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    1. Definitely! You won't need to spare that much time, since I'm sure you'll easily finish it in one sitting ;)

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  8. Aah this makes me that much more excited to read this! I like the sound of those characters, and I'm keen to spend a little bit more time in The Grisha's world. :D Great review, Erika!

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    1. Thanks! This is definitely a great book, and you won't be disappointed! :)

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  9. Everyone has been singing this books praises and I feel left out! I so need this book now! Great review Erika!

    Carrie @The Book Goddess

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    1. Yes, definitely read this when you can! You won't regret it! :)

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  10. I am glad you liked it, I had a few issues with it but overall enjoyed it too :)

    HannahCassie @ http://psilovethatbook.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I'm hopefully the second book will be even better than this one :)

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  11. Ha! And I'm currently reading this one. It's taking me some time to get into it, but I am gonna pick it up again in a few.

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    1. I hope you'll enjoy the rest of it as much as I have! :)

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  12. I have no idea why I haven't commented on this already seems as we've been speaking about it for weeks!!!
    This didn't have much to do with the Grisha Trilogy but managed to still be in the Grisha world and have a completely new story, plot, characters! I was shocked by it, I was expecting it to be Grisha-dominated but it was a fantastic new setting and world.
    The characters were so briliantly written that I could just follow them around all day, there doesn't have to be a plot just the six of them travelling Ketterdam :P I loved every single one of them, not one got on my nerves.
    May our ships forever sail because there will be hell to pay if not ;) Also after that ending? Where is Crooked Kingdom?!!!
    That last quote is everything <3

    Cody @ Literary-ly Obsessed

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    1. I thought the new setting was brilliant. It's still the Grisha world, just not about Grisha. But it was still utterly fantastic!
      Haha, if our ships don't sail, I'm sure between you and me, we'll wreck the world in our devastation and grief ;)

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  13. This book is getting good press, including your really upbeat review! I'm going to have buckle down and get it, even though I like a little more romance than what sounds like is happening. Adventure is good!

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    1. There is romance hinted in the book, but I feel like the lack of romance allows the story to stay on track. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I have!

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