Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
Six Of Crows follows notorious criminal, Kaz Brekker, after he is offered a chance to break into the Ice Court (a huge military stronghold) and retrieve a hostage with incredibly valuable knowledge which will change Grisha magic forever. If he succeeds, he’ll have riches beyond his dreams – but he can’t do it alone. He soon puts together a crew of five other outcasts to complete this impossible heist – but will they succeed?
I really (and I mean really) enjoyed Six Of Crows! After reading the Shadow And Bone series, which is set in the same universe, last year I went into this with really high expectations – but it was even better than I imagined! If you’re on booktok/bookstagram you’ll also know this is incredibly popular, but that’s for good reason. I’m usually really wary going into hyped books but this ended up being one of my favourite reads of the year! I was reading it every spare moment I had.
It’s hard to know where to start with this review, but I’m going to start with what I think is the most important part of any fantasy – world-building. If you’re a regular reader you probably know that I don’t read much fantasy, which is mainly because world-building can be really hit or miss. I’m really pleased to say that it was amazing in Six Of Crows – it didn’t take long for me to get swept up in the magic of the Grishaverse and refamiliarise myself with the universe. Something I really appreciated were the maps in the opening pages, which helped me visualise it a lot better, and of course the order of the Grisha. I think details like these can make a world of difference!
I also really loved the characters. They all had such distinct, different personalities but I wound up falling in love with every single one of them. I loved all of their different strengths and weaknesses – they were all incredibly well developed – and how they rounded each other out. It feels nearly impossible to pick a favourite character, but I did really like both Nina and Jesper in particular. I can’t wait to see more of the characters when I get the chance to read Crooked Kingdom!
Of course, the friendship between the characters was also really lovely to read. For the most part, the group got on pretty well, and I loved how much they all looked out for each other and came together – particularly towards the end! Six Of Crows definitely gave off some major found family vibes, that’s for sure. I think my favourite would either have to be Inej and Jesper’s bond (they reminded me a lot of a brother and sister) or Inej’s and Nina’s.
The romantic relationships were also really amazing! I was shipping so many different characters together and urging them to get together throughout. There was definitely a lot of chemistry between both Inej and Kaz and Wylan and Jesper, and I loved reading the development of Nina and Matthias’ too. I’m a sucker for a second chance romance so the latter really stood out to me for that reason – I was waiting for the moment they’d finally get together!
The pacing was also really well done. I know a few reviewers have complained about the slower pace at the beginning but honestly I’d have to disagree – I thought there was still a fair bit going on and I enjoyed getting to know more of the Grishaverse first. I will say that the pacing does pick up an awful lot after those initial couple of parts – it was really fast-paced and the plot kept on moving forwards, which was great to see!
Of course, this quick-pace made for lots of action! Around two thirds of the book took place over the span of a single day, which obviously meant a lot was going on. I really enjoyed alternating between the different characters’ chapters to find out what they were all up to, and I also really enjoyed the high stakes and risk of whether they would succeed. It made for some really tense scenes!
I also really liked the twists! I was surprised with how many different twists Six Of Crows actually throws, especially being a fantasy. I will admit that I saw one or two coming but for the most part Bardugo did a really great job of shocking me. The ending in particular took me by surprise, and I’m dying to read Crooked Kingdom to discover what happens next!
It would be a crime to finish this review without acknowledging Bardugo’s writing style! I thought her writing style was so beautiful and she had the perfect amount of detail without overwhelming the reader. I also loved the way she wrote her dialogue – the dialogue exchanged between the crew was all so incredibly witty and well done! I’d love to write dialogue like that one day.
Overall, I would recommend Six Of Crows to anyone looking for an epic fantasy series with excellent world-building and loveable characters. I’d also recommend it to anyone who’s just generally stuck on what to read next, as that was the position I was in and I ended up really loving this!
Have you read Six Of Crows yet? Will you be adding it to your TBR? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you enjoyed this review!