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Early Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of CrowsTitle: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Six of Crows (Book #1)

Publication Date: September 29, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 480 Pages

ISBN-10: 1627792120 (Macmillan Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-1627792127 (Macmillan Teen)

Reviewed by: Michelle


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.

Quick & Dirty: A whirlwind of an adventure filled with cunning characters, spectacular action, and a very well executed story that will have you instantly salivating for more.

Opening Sentence: Joost had two problems: the moon and his mustache.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

When I was given the chance to read Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows early, I screamed. The gorgeous package with the coveted advanced copy arrived at my doorstep, and all I could do was scream like a crazed fangirl. Let’s be real here, for those of you who remember me, I am a fangirl – especially for Leigh Bardugo. If you haven’t known yet, Bardugo is filled with award-laden literary fantasy.

Six of Crows is an epic tale of stylish imagery, some action-laden adventure. and several cunning characters. Told through a multi-point of view, a group of not-so-merry-men survive the dark alleys of Ketterdam. They seek out what other outcasts like them do best: obtain money and achieve power. But led by one man, this group of the most dangerous outcasts are faced with one impossible heist, and world destruction isn’t even the craziest thing that could happen.

In Six of Crows, there is a labyrinth of a narrative that slowly reveals each character as needed. And within each plot twist and turn, Bardugo allows for the reader to make a decision about the characters. You either like them or you fear them. You see, Bardugo has outdone herself with this stunning group of characters. She has introduced some very well written people that have become real in my mind. I will only talk about two, in fear or anything spoilerish.

Kaz is the mastermind, and the craziest one of them all. He is elusive and enigmatic, as if he was the descriptive picture of a dictionary page. He’s dangerous and canniving, but I can’t help but look at him as a heroic outlaw.

Inej. She is amazing, and is my new favorite character. I love who she is today, yesterday, and who she will be in a few years. She is the epitome of a bad ass heroine. Stealth is her friend, but I also see it as her enemy. Her role in Six of Crows is pivotal, more so than anyone else.

Ketterdam after the events that have taken place in the Shadow and Bone trilogy is something else. Bardugo did a fine job showcasing all of the highs and lows. The end of the Shadow and Bone trilogy may seem happy, but not in Ketterdam, and definitely not for Kaz and his outlaws. Money, their territories, and their reputation is what gives them power, but as you’ll see, that can be stolen with a blink of an eye.

Death defying stunts, insane plans (with even more insane back-up plans), and intense page-turning scenes make Six of Crows an epic fantasy worth talk about. Bardugo definitely does not write for the faint of heart, nor for the weak-minded. She writes to gather the tears of readers, and the crushed-hopes of a resolved first book ending.

Six of Crows is easily one of my favorite reads for 2015, and all-time. I highly suggest you pick it up at the end of September and devour it.

Notable Scene:

“It’s just a question of leverage, Nina.”

“You don’t know him.”

“Don’t I? He’s a person like any other, driven by greed and pride and pain. You should understand that better than anyone.”

“Helvar is driven by honor and only honor. You can’t bribe or bully that.”

“That may have been true once, Nina, but it’s been a very long year. Helvar is much changed.”

“You’ve seen him?” Her green eyes were wide, eager. There thought Kaz, the Barrel hasn’t beaten the hope out of you yet.

“I have.”

Nina took a deep, shuddering breath. “He wants me dead, Kaz.”

“That’s what he wants, not what he needs,” said Kaz. “Leverage is all about knowing the difference.”

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FTC Advisory: Macmillan provided me with a copy of Six of Crows. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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