Hello! I hope you are well and have had a good week so far. Today I am going to be gushing about the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo, which includes Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. This will be spoiler free and all opinions are my own.
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (2015)
Goodreads synopsis of Six of Crows:
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)
Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)
Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)
Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.
Now, let me start by saying that I had extremely high expectations as I had heard nothing but good things about Six of Crows, the hype is huge. Even though I had high expectations, I didn’t really know what to expect.
Also, it has been a long time since I read this series, so I can’t really remember my feelings at the time when I read it.
I always thought and see myself as more of a plot-driven reader, but I think that’s slowly changing. The characters in Six of Crows had me falling head over heels for them, almost instantly. They all have their own hidden demons and shadows which make them flawlessly flawed, and I just, ugh, I love them so much! Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Wylan, Nina and Matthias are just so amazing and I would literally die for them. They are so lovable and enticing, definitely one of my new favourite squads. Also, the chemistry between the characters and how well they connect is a great thing to read and see develop. The diversity and representation of the characters was also a really good thing to see in YA!
The writing is so beautiful and so easy to follow. The characters and their chemistry and mannerisms just come alive so easily with Bargugo’s writing, from the very intense action scenes to the more intimate scenes between them all.
However, I did have a bit of trouble understanding the world and the magic system, as well as the history. This may be due to the fact that I didn’t read the Shadow and Bone series first, but I think I would have been confused anyway.
The ending was so heartwarming and incredibly satisfying, but I need more content! I am desperately craving more of these characters and have my fingers crossed that Leigh Bardugo will announce a spin-off series or something similar.
I can’t think of anything else to say so, thank you so much for reading! I will see you next time!