Review: Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six Of Crows Leigh Bardugo
Six Of Crows Leigh Bardugo

Title: Six Of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six Of Crows #1 
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publication date:  September 29, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis: 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.


Trickery is not my native tongue, but I may learn to speak it yet.

I was momentarily lost for words when I finished, frantically trying to find the next chapter that simply wasn’t there. There was nothing about this story I didn’t love. Even the hardest person to convince wouldn’t be able to deny the brilliantness of Six Of Crows. Or that’s what I’d like to think. This book is fantastic.

I’m probably one of the few people that hasn’t read the Grisha trilogy yet. If you’re also part of the club, don’t worry. Even though the story is set in the same universe, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t. I was able to dive right into the world of Grisha and nothing was lost on me. This is a completely new story.

I understand the Grisha trilogy unfolded in some kind of alternate Russia. Six of Crows is set in an alternate Netherlands. I’m a bit reluctant to admit it, but that awfully bothered me in the beginning. Mainly because even though I’m Flemish, Dutch is my native tongue. There were a lot of words ‘borrowed’ from my language and where they probably added some mysterious aspect for readers without a clue what they meant, it felt really ridiculous to me. Everything was English and then suddenly there was a word in my own language. It just felt a bit odd. I’m not blaming Leigh Bardugo. She has every right to borrow from whatever language she wants, it’s just unfortunate when it’s yours. I needed some time to start appreciating it. It makes me wonder how often other readers feel this way.

Greed may do your bidding, but death serves no man.

There are six main characters and the book is written through the eyes of five of them. Convicts, thieves, grisha, runaways. Characters raised by awful circumstances, part of a society that thrives on money, territory, power and revenge. The main thing they have in common is their allegiance to the Dregs, one of the ruling gangs in Ketterdam. Each of them is carefully crafted, multi-layered, unique and they’re all equally important. The third person pov allows us to get to know them through the eyes of one another, which gives an interesting dimension to the story. They all have their own history, their own needs and most importantly their own hidden agendas. They are strongly built and perfectly balanced. They’re the kind of unlikable that becomes somehow likable.

When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.
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.


We are all someone’s monster.

Kaz Brekker is the leader of the team and I sometimes seemed to forget how young he actually was. He basically could have been any age with his maturity level. He was calculating and intimidating, showed no emotion and always got the job done. And there was Inej, my personal heroine. The Wraith. Badass, brave, so full of suppressed feelings.

Besides, she was the Wraith - the only law that applied to her was gravity, and some days she defied that, too.

Nina was really strong and Matthias was ever the element of surprise. And when things got too tough and tense, Jesper and Wylan were there to lighten the mood. I loved them all so much. They didn’t get along too well. There were trust issues, bad blood and circumstances trying to put them against each other. But in the end they realized they needed each other and I think that’s beautiful.

No matter what they thought of him, they’d walk a little taller tonight. It was why they stayed, why they gave their best approximation of loyalty for him.

The story was just as phenomenal as the characters. Six unlikely companions go on an impossible mission. They need to break into the most secure court in the world, the Ice Court and rescue one of the most important scientists in the world. Not the most original maybe, but in the right hands this could work out perfectly. And it really did. This story is the perfect combination of plotting, darkness, magic, action, humor and a bit of romance (although don’t worry, it never takes over).

She wouldn't wish love on anyone. It was the guest you welcomed and then couldn't be rid of.

I told you I loved everything and I could go on and on. I can already put this book on my all time favorites list. It was just that good. I would recommend everyone to read this. No regrets, promise.


No mourners. No funerals.

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