Read the synopsis here.
Rating: ☆☆☆.75 = I LIKED IT.
Oceans Eleven meets Game of Thrones in this tale of six misfits who come together to complete the mission of their lifetime.
“A gambler, a convict, a wayward song, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse.”
Six of Crows is apparently set two years after the events in the Grisha trilogy. This book is almost flawless, but perhaps that’s the problem. I can’t think of anything bad about this book, except that if you didn’t read Shadow and Bone it will be a little difficult to understand the magic system at first (though even reading that one, I still had trouble). Normally, I detest multiple POV but Leigh Bardugo incorporated it fantastically. I felt that the story was original, but I failed to feel captivated as a whole. Regardless, I still thought the writing was impressive and the ending had me shook.
“Trying not to die was the best possible distraction.”
In the beginning there were some stabby scenes, but afterward the story slows pace. This was a VERY good story but so much felt dragged out. I suppose after all the exposition, I wanted to see more happen in the present rather than read the characters reflect on their pasts so frequently. I did enjoy the character development, but I just didn’t like when it slowed down that much.
For some reason it was difficult to truly care about this story and I wanted to DNF so many times. The main event doesn’t even begin to happen until over 60% in with mostly planning and plotting in the meantime. I feel like for a heist plot with a lot of risks involved, the author didn’t take enough risks herself. Even with the all the danger that occurs in this book, I felt like the author was somehow playing it safe. On top of that, it took me TWO months to finish. I started in mid-April and put it down twice and finally completed the book in June.
“The life you live, the hate you feel—it’s poison. I can drink it no longer.”
Six of Crows is good because it’s morally grey, there’s no happily ever after crap, and the characters are all dynamic. It also contains a decent balance between slow burn and action and the romance is minimal. So what’s the problem? I just wasn’t blown away. I still LOVE the Grishaverse and I love the author’s writing. I just failed to make an emotional connection with this story in particular. For me to do that, I have to relate or sympathize with the character’s plight in some way.
“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”
One thing I will say is that I love how Bardugo incorporated her own condition, osteonecrosis, onto her character Kaz. He doesn’t have the same exact condition, but she wrote him with a physical ailment. It’s refreshing to read about characters who have a disability in fantasy. It makes so much sense! In time periods in which people didn’t have anywhere near the medical advancements we have now, I feel like more people then we realize were crippled, handicapped, or even missing limbs due to disease.
“I do seem to remember something about certain doom.”
What’s interesting is that there’s a lot of realism incorporated into Six of Crows. While there is a magic system, so much is done with forethought and careful planning that it took a little bit away from the mystique of everything. Perhaps that’s intentional on the author’s part and that’s exactly what makes this book stand out. In Shadow of Bone, we have characters with magical abilities who use the full extent of those powers and the writing style is bewitching. In Six of Crows, it’s about the reality of of the character’s world even though a magic system exists and the writing, while effectively detailed, is more direct and forward. That’s not a bad thing at all—just different from what I normally expect in this sort of fantasy. Despite my reservations, I DO like this book and have complete and utter respect for Leigh Bardugo as a writer.
- Minimal romance
- I have to tip my hat to the genius and planning behind writing this story..
- So many twists and surprises at the end.
- Complex, unique and flawed characters.
- Best written multiple POV I’ve read in awhile.
- The details of The Ice Court were so intricate and brought the entire world to life.
- While I liked his character, Kaz wasn’t nearly as deadly as everyone talked him up to be like. I would’ve liked to see Kaz as the anti-hero more.
- I wasn’t emotionally invested. Possibly due to multiple POVs.
- For a rescue mission plot, it surprisingly dragged.
- It took me way too long to finish.
Do I recommend it? YES.
Will I read the sequel? YES.
Do I intend to read every Leigh Bardugo book written? YES. YES. YES.
Have you read this book yet? Is it on your TBR? Who is your favorite character? I really enjoyed Wylan and Nina the most! Do you recommend any other books with an ensemble cast?