“None of us move on without a backward look. We move on always carrying with us those we have lost.” — Leigh Bardugo,
“Six of Crows” Review
This post may contain spoilers.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is a book that has enormous hype around it. Due to all of the wonderful praise I had been hearing about it, I picked it up during one of my Barnes and Noble shopping sprees. It hung out on my bookshelf for quite a while before I picked it up during the blizzard my area had yesterday.
I finished this 450+ book in a day.
I could barely put the book down! Despite the fact that I was initially confused at the magic system the author had incorporated, seeing as I hadn’t read the previous trilogy by her, this book was fantastic. I was able to figure out and keep up with the lore, even though I was new to the author’s world (as I’m presuming that I would have had more background information if I had read the previous trilogy).
The story, after the first few chapters, was fast-paced and action-packed. The plans and trickery were well-written in their adventure, and you could never tell if everyone was going to make it out alive from the dangerous heist they had been contracted to pull off. Trying to kidnap a scientist that had created a powerful drug for the world’s magic-users from the most notorious prison in the world was something only those who had nothing left to lose would try to do, yet there they went.
Each character was distinct and the diversity surrounding their cultures was fascinating. Despite their differences, they didn’t kill each other (although it wasn’t for lack of trying on some of their parts) as they raced through their mission. The dreams and friendships kept them all hanging on to an impossible hope that they would live through the job and have better lives in the end.
There were women friendships! There were men and women friendships that didn’t end in romance! There was sexuality diversity! There was no instant romance — rather, you saw and experienced the characters falling in love amid the chaos of the mission, and it was all beautifully written.
My only obvious grievous with this book is that I obviously have to go out and get the sequel now. If you enjoy magic, dangerous odds, and snarky but lovable characters, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy Six of Crows!
“Six of Crows” gets a 5 out of 5 stars.