Review :: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

socbookinfoTitle: Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 462
Edition: Kindle
Publisher: Holt & Company (July 28, 2015)

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22294935Ketterdam: 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

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


“A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, 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 one of those books that you know you will never, ever forget. With its unforgettable and magnetic characters, its eerie atmosphere, and full blown magical world building, Six of Crows will take you on a journey you’ll wish will never end.

A couple years ago, I read Shadow and Bone, which introduces readers to the Grisha world. Honestly, it’s been so long, I barely remember anything about the book, although I hate to admit that. So, I can vouch for you and say that it’s absolutely not a requirement to read the Grisha Trilogy before stepping into the pages of Six of Crows.

I’m not really even sure where to begin… so let me start by telling you how much I fully enjoyed each and every one of these diverse characters. We have six unique and original individuals that we follow throughout the book, each sharing their perspectives with us – Kaz, Jesper, Nina, Inej, Wylan, and Matthias. Honestly, I’m not sure which I liked the most! I loved them all!! They were all so wonderfully developed, with their eccentric personalities and backgrounds. But if I had to choose, I’d say Kaz and Jesper were my favorites. Kaz is such a bad ass, with a thirst for revenge unlike anything. And Jesper… absolutely adorable. He had me laughing out loud with his witty banter and outgoing personality.

“There was no part of him that was not broken, that had not healed wrong, and there was no part of him that was not stronger for having been broken.”

This book threw me for a loop at the beginning. I wasn’t expecting quite so much backstory, but that’s what we get for about the first half of the book, which is the only reason this wasn’t a full five star read for me. I just recently got out of a reading slump, so that may have been the reason why I was having a bit of trouble in the beginning getting into it… because I can say that I did enjoy hearing each characters backstory and the book wouldn’t have been the same without it. And after the backstories… the action begins and doesn’t stop till the very last page!

For Bardugo to have created and developed such diverse and unique characters, this book has put her on my top authors list. Up there with V.E. Schwab and J.K. Rowling. She has invented such a magnificent story and I can’t wait to get into Crooked Kingdom, which I’ll be reading with Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books, Lilly @ Lair of Booksand Melissa @ Book Nerd Momo.

I would highly recommend this book to literally everyone. And I mean that. I feel this story will appeal to anyone, whether you prefer Fantasy reads or not. Come let Bardugo take you on a wild ride through the Dregs! You won’t regret it!

This was a buddy read with my friend Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books. You can find her review HERE. Go check it out! Her blog is one of my favorites and I just know you’ll love it, too!

Date Read: 10/16/2016

Rating: untitled-design-13


69 thoughts on “Review :: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

  1. So glad to see other people enjoyed this book, it’s definitely my favorite! ❤ the characters are so so precious and wait until you read Crooked Kingdom, the diversity is even more present and Kaz gets even meaner hahaha 😛 I do agree with the pace being a little slow in first several chapters, but I absolutely adore Leigh Bardugo for successfully delivering some great back stories for each characters ❤ great review!

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  2. Awesome review, Megan! I had so much fun reading this and I can’t wait for our buddy read with Lilly and Melissa! The characters were so great I’m really going to miss them. I’m adding this link to my post now. I was asleep when you posted your review and I’m just now catching up on my notifications. 🙂

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  3. Loved your review, and I loved that there weren’t any spoilers. I’m curious to read this, but at the same time because of all the hype, I’m apprehensive. I’ve been let down by hyped books before!

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    1. Thank you! I try my best to avoid spoilers, so I’m glad you appreciate that 😊 I can totally understand where you’re coming from, being apprehensive about reading it because of all the hype surrounding it. I’ve been let down many, many times by over hyped books. But honestly, I really think you will enjoy this one. I don’t think this’ll be a let down for you!


  4. Great review Megan!!! This book definitely had a ton of back story but like you said, each characters backgrounds was very interesting to read about. Hopefully book 2 takes off right from the start, overall this could potentially be my favorite duology if I end up loving CK. Looking forward to our buddy read in November & returning to Ketterdam 😊💕

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  5. After having read your review and Jill’s review all I want to do is pick up Six of Crows off my shelf and reread it. It really was such an unforgettable read and Bardugo’s writing and world/character building are just fantastic. I can’t wait for our buddy read. Great review, Megan! 😊

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  6. I agree with you about the background on the characters. It’s good info but it’s delivery is almost monotone. Not much excitement, that’s why I also don’t give a full 5 stars. Excellent review! Have fun buddy reading the next book! 🙂

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  7. I love the sound of an action-packed read with a cast of diverse characters, especially ones that you’d describe as magnetic! As sad as I am to admit it, I actually haven’t read The Grisha trilogy… *hides* I got scared away by the hype! But I’m definitely planning to read this series, especially since it’s a duology!

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  8. Great review ❤ I totally agree. This books is fantastic and the audio book is very good as well 🙂 If I had to pick a favourite character, it would be Nina though … I just love her personality and her relationship with Matthias 😀

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