Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Digital Audiobook narrated by Brandon Rubin, Elizabeth Evans, Fred Berman, Jay Snyder, Lauren Fortgang, Roger Clark, Tristan Morris
Published by Henry Holt and Company on September 29, 2015
Series: Six of Crows #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 465 pages or 15 hours, 4 minutes
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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.