Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Posted October 10, 2018 by Amber in Reviews / 17 Comments

Six of Crows

Six of Crows

by Leigh Bardugo

Series: Six of Crows #1
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. on September 29, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Target Age Group: New Adult, Young Adult
Rating: ★★★★★

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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.


I underestimated this book soooooooo much.

Six of Crows is everything I wanted and more.

This book is filled with incredible, well-layered characters and set in a world were I could feel the cold and smell the salty sea.  I was interested in Shadow and Bone but not obsessed.  I thought the love story was cheesy and I didn’t expect anything more from Six of Crows.  I didn’t expect a full-fleshed story where the relationships were subplots, and I didn’t expect to like all the characters.

I’m pretty sure that everyone has already read Six of Crows, but if you haven’t… spoilers to follow.

Lets talk relationships for a sec.  I pretty much expected everyone to pair off, and they did…more or less.  And that’s fine.  I liked the different relationships at different levels.  I’m going to start with the whole flirtation between Jesper and Wylan.  It was… fine?  Very low-key, and that’s okay.  I have no opinion here.

Kaz and Inej?  … Cheesy.  Cheesy like the relationships in Shadow and Bone.  It’s just not my kind of relationship?  Relationships like this one is why love stories always make me cringe in novels.  From my perspective, I always feel like they are contrary to the character’s personalities.  I know a lot of people love this relationship, and that both Kaz and Inej are favorites in the fandom.  And that’s okay!  You may continue to enjoy them!

The relationship I really loved?  Nina and Matthias’s love story was wonderful.  I know that it’s a common trope, enemies to lovers, but UGH.  IT WAS DONE SO WELL.  And they kept bouncing back and forth.  I kept thinking he was going to abandon her and even at the end here I wonder if it’s a farce and !!!! I love them.  Love love love them.  I must have more of this relationship – someone please tell me Crooked Kingdom contains more Nina/Matthais.

Outside of the relationships, the PLOT was SO GOOD.  On one hand, you have this huge political conspiracy and on the other hand, it’s also a complicated con.  I kept wondering if things would go wrong, and then I was sure they would, and then they didn’t, AND THEN THEY DID and I was listening to the ending just waiting for Kaz to show the ace up his sleeve.

Literally cheered out loud when he did, all like HAH TAKE THAT YOU BACKSTABBING JERK.  And then things KEPT not going the way I thought and it was twist! Twist! Twist!  Ohmygoodness.  Wow.

I have so many flailing feelings about this book, and I loved it.  Absolutely loved it.  The writing was all-encompassing.  The characters were flawed and passionate and beautiful and broken and perfect.  If there’s anyone out there who hasn’t read Six of Crows yet – DO IT.

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★★★
Plot: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Writing: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★★
Narrator: ★★★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★★

5 Star Rating


Who was your favorite character in Six of Crows?

What did you think of when you read this book?

Have you not read this book?  What are you waiting for?!

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17 responses to “Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

    • Amber

      The audiobook was absolutely fantastic! I definitely recommend it. 🙂 I love Nina and Inez too, though I think I like Nina a bit better. Either way – the girls were great!

  1. Ema

    I lovee the characters, and I loved how there are so many perspectives yet I knew whose perspective I was reading at all times. Leigh Bardugo is so talented.
    And be prepared for some more twists in Crooked Kingdom ?
    Lovely review!

    • Amber

      Yessss! Looking forward to all the twists and turns. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Leigh Bardugo really does do an excellent job of making the perspective clear – that can be super tricky for multi POV books! 🙂

  2. Yesss! I love Six of Crows so much!! I’m so glad you liked it! Ahhhhhh now I want to reread it! And you absolutely NEED to read Crooked Kingdom! It’s just as good. (And there is more Nina/Matthias content.)

    Personally I shipped Jesper and Wylan the most (I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT THESE TWO), but Nina and Matthias have SUCH a great relationship too! And as much as I do quite like Kaz and Inej’s relationship, I sort of agree… I just… don’t one hundred percent get all the hype around their relationship. It’s good I guess. Just not amazing.

    But ahhhhhhh I just love this book so much! And aren’t the characters just AMAZING?!

    • Amber

      I got to loving Jasper and Wylan a bit more at the end of the book when Jasper is freaking out at him. XD

      Ohmygosh, thank you! Most of what I’ve heard about Six of Crows is about Kai & Inej’s relationship and how it is the BEST THING EVER! And it’s fine… it’s just not… groundbreaking? Idk, good for the people who love it lol.

      The characters were so good. So, so good. 😀

  3. I knew you’d love it 🙂 this was such a great book. Rarely do sequels match the first book, but Crooked Kingdom is amazing – I hope you get to read it soon 🙂

    I didn’t really like Nina and Matthias’s relationshipp cause they just seemed to hate each other all the time, and it was hard for me to believe they actually loved each other.

    And the plot really was good 🙂

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    • Amber

      Aw, see, I read Nina/Matthias in a completely different way! Cultural conditioned to hate one another, but falling in love anyway – it was tres Romeo and Juliet. ?? That said – it’s great how DIFFERENT the three relationships are? If one doesn’t work for you, you’re bound to like one of the others.

  4. Six of Crows is SO good. And thank you, yes, Inej and Kaz are lovely, but it is a bit cheesy and over the top. And they’re BOTH so serious, what is up with that? Nina and Matthias are my favourites, they remind me of Emma and Mr Knightley. ?

    • Amber

      Nina and Matthais are the best. XD They make me laugh. I’m so glad to see I’m not the only one out there who wants to flail confusedly over Inej and Kaz. Like… why is there so much hype on these two? WHY. Oh well, to each their own. 😉

  5. I just reread this one and it holds up! I love all the plotting and intrigue. But the characters really make the book. It’s difficult not to care for them, even if they are outcasts and criminals. Bardugo did such a great job reminding readers of their humanity, even if they aren’t traditional protagonists.

    • Amber

      A big cast of characters like this is great because there’s someone for everyone – those who don’t like Kai may like Nina, etc. She did do a good job making them seem human. 🙂