BOOK REVIEW: Six Of Crows – by Leigh Bardugo

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Title: Six Of Crows
(Six Of Crows #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: YA, Fantasy
First published: September 29th 2015
Finished reading: November 10th 2015
Pages: 465
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“What do you want then?”
The old answers came easily to mind. Money. Vengeance. Jordie’s voice in my head silenced forever. But a different reply roared to life inside him, loud, insistent, and unwelcome. You, Inej. You.

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l have been looking forward to Six Of Crows ever since I finished reading The Grisha Trilogy earlier this year, and I think I enjoyed this new series even better. Leigh Bardugo‘s writing is just as brilliant as always and it really shows that she took a lot of effort in creating her characters and this (partly) new world. I admit it took me some time to get used to the strange names of the different characters and places, but I guess that having been born a Dutchie did help in memorizing them. In fact, most names sounded either Dutch or possibly Scandinavian… And the reference to “hutspot” made me crave Dutch food. Language aside, the character development is very well done and I liked the interaction and the way they complemented each other. It was really easy to connect to the story once I got used to the names and the ‘impossible’ job created openings for many plot twists. And that ending! It will definitely be a long and painful wait for the sequel… Ten months truly feels too long to find out what happens next.

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Ketterdam is a place bustling with people both honest and criminal trying to win their fortune. International trade, gambling… Anything can be had for the right place, and nobody knows that better than Kaz Brekker. Kaz made himself into the next criminal prodigy and is about to get rich beyond his imagination… If he manages to do the impossible. He is offered a mission he cannot refuse, but he will need his crew and a lot of luck and determination to succeed. Each member has a very different past and wants different things of the mission; will the six outcasts be able to all work together and do the impossible?

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I’ve kept the summary extra short so I won’t ruin any surprises, but what I can say is that Six Of Crows is simply brilliant. Each character has its own personality and I liked the dynamics between them. The prose is as good as always and the action scenes are perfectly balanced with dialogues and more emotional parts. Leigh Bardugo sure knows how to entertain and keep you on the edge of your seat, and I definitely wish I could read the sequel Crooked Kingdom sooner… More than recommended if you like the genre!

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13 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: Six Of Crows – by Leigh Bardugo

    • I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Six Of Crows doesn’t have that many references to The Grisha Trilogy, so you should be ok understanding what happens without reading the trilogy first.

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