Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Genres:  Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Publication Date: September 29th 2015

5 OUT OF 5 STARS

“Greed may do your bidding, but death serves no man.”

Kaz Brekker has been offered a huge sum of money to complete a heist that he almost certainly won’t survive. Brekker assembles an unlikely team of five other specialized criminals and sets out to perform the trickiest heist anyone’s ever attempted.

It’s very easy to notice bad pacing in a book, but we often overlook good pacing. Six of Crows flows in a way that there is never a second of boredom, but the story has room to breath. It isn’t slow or rushed and I just wanted to take a second to appreciate that. Pacing is incredibly important in a heist novel and Bardugo has nailed this on the head.

We are given several different points of view throughout the story, five of our main characters narrate regularly (though Wylan being left out still irks me a bit). It’s hard to juggle this many POVs while also having a sense of suspense and mystery. This is something that Bardugo has managed. There are plenty of surprises for the reader, things that the characters don’t reveal about themselves until later in the book, things that are planned and put into place and not revealed until later. It would be terribly boring to read if everything was laid out plainly, which is too often the case with multiple POV stories. Luckily Bardugo has managed to show us inside all of the characters without showing us all of any one character.

Six of Crows takes place in the same world as Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy. This was a sticking point for me, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to read and enjoy this book without prior knowledge. That was not the case. The world is built, and perhaps it was a little confusing at first but it’s easy for readers old and new to sink into. The world, because it has had other books to build it, feels deep and full even if we only need to see slivers of it for this story.

There is almost nothing to complain about in this book. The romances were a little convenient, I never like seeing every character pair off happily ever after, but they were so well written it’s hard to take issue with them. They’re not happy, flawless relationships and each couple has to deal with a different set of issues. The cast is as diverse and the problems they face with each other and despite how fantastic the plot and setting are, the characters run the story.

There has just been an immesurable amount of thought put into each character, the setting, and the plan. This is a magnificently executed heist and everything gets explained. There are no moments of glaring plot conveniences, even when the characters fail with their plans. Nothing falls into their laps and it makes reading immensely satisfying.

Bardugo has written a book as intricate and amazing as any trick that Kaz Brekker could pull out of his sleeve, and I cannot wait for the sequel.

BUY THE BOOK

Read this if you’re a fan of: Eon: The Last Dragoneye

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