“No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.'” – Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo blew my mind. Honestly, I was a bit weary when I first picked up this novel. It’s a well-known book, and I’ve seen it everywhere- from my local library to my school library, it was always at the front of the bookshelf. At this point, so many people were talking about it. However, I was still a little suspicious because I usually don’t enjoy fantasy novels (totally just a lack of imagination on my part). Still, I decided to give it a read after all the big talk, and I don’t regret it at all.
This novel is about six (amazing) characters who try pulling off a deadly heist in the Ice Court, the most highly protected place in all of Fjerda. This is lead by seventeen-year-old Kaz Brekker- the mysterious criminal prodigy. This occurs in Ketterdam, the ambiguous hub of international trade- where you can get anything… for a price. Kaz’s crew might be the only thing that can keep the distance between the world and destruction – if they don’t kill each other first.
This storyline is genuinely so rich in detail. From the characters, the plot, to the world, everything was built up so beautifully and it was a wonderful ride through a mysterious yet fantasy-themed book. I thought this book was going to be one of those “fun read” types of books where I would be able to have a good laugh at the end but I was so wrong.
Six of Crows was so much more.
Throughout this book, I fell in love with the characters and the world that Leigh built. Their lives and their background stories were so touching, and it was moving to see how the experiences they made together changed them as a person. Through this, I was able to see where all the hype for Six of Crows came from. I had very high standards for this book when I first picked it up because of all the madness around it, and it definitely left me dumbfounded.
Altogether, Six of Crows was a book that exceeded my expectations and I would rate it a 9/10 (1 off because it was a bit confusing to understand at first). I would recommend this book to anyone who’s interested in an intriguing fantasy read with in-depth characters and an engaging plot! 🙂
Till next time,