Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo // ARC Review
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…
The moment I heard about Six of Crows I was ecstatic. Two of my favorite things in one book, a heist story in the Grishaverse. I was in love.
Unfortunately, when I actually was able to read the book it was a little hard to get into. The beginning was slow. Which I was kind of surprised about, because I didn’t have any of that trouble with the books in the original Grisha trilogy. (there’s the inevitable comparison) But as soon as I got through the first part it picked up quite a lot and suddenly I was hooked.
The best part of this book was most definitely the characters. Each one of them was complex and different and had a mystery in their past that I was anxiously waiting for the book to reveal. And the book did not disappoint. The backstories were terrible and sad and completed each character perfectly.
The relationships between the characters were also amazing. Some of them were strangers and some of them had bad blood between them but they all had a great dynamic with each other. There are also three pairings that I really ship now and they are great and adorable but also a little bit devastating. I have a feeling there will be tears in the future.
Now, I wouldn’t say that this book makes the best heist story. Overall it was more about the criminal underworld and more obvious crimes like muggings and assassinations than about careful thievery. The heist the characters end up performing was cool, but it wasn’t mind blowing. It was so-so. But that’s not to say that book wasn’t great. And I have to say there was a twist near the end that was a little bit astonishing.
One of my favorite things was the way Six of Crows extended the Grisha universe. I enjoyed seeing the new places and how governments that weren’t Ravka’s worked, and I also enjoyed the more in depth look at how magic is viewed and used everywhere else. If you’re hoping for a bunch more about Ravka and its Grisha this book might disappoint you a little bit, but I do think fans of the Grisha trilogy will be very happy with Six of Crows.