Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Book Review

Six of Crows Waterstones Edition

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

YA Fantasy

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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

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

The World

Six of Crows is technically Grisha #4, so the world is well-established, or would be, if you’d read the previous books. Having read Shadow and Bone, I knew a little. I hadn’t remembered much, though. Despite that, Six of Crows does a great job of catching you up or introducing you into the Grisha world. Honestly, it made more sense to me in this than it did Shadow and Bone, so go figure! Maybe it’s because the Grisha weren’t as key to this, so we’re introduced to them in a slower and easier to understand way? I don’t know, but it was great. If you’re wondering if you can pick up Six of Crows without having read the first trilogy, the answer is a definite yes, and I recommend you go for it!

The Plot

A heist! Guys, a heist! I’m beginning to think I need more heist books in my life, since I kinda love them. It’s like Mission Impossible in a fantasy setting. I need more of them, so if you’ve got a recommendation, hit me up! A heist, an unlikely group who definitely can’t pull it off (or can they?), I’m here for it.

Compared to the rest of the book, the start was a little slow. I liked the way it started slow, it was like a gentle introduction to everything before your thrown into the drama. If you’re reading it, and consider putting it down because nothing is happening, give it a few more chapters. I really enjoyed the slower sections, but if you’re there for the drama, you have to be a bit more patient. It’s definitely worth your patience.

I’m going to come out and say it too. This ended on a cliff hanger. Enough of a cliff hanger that I immediately ordered the next book and I’m waiting a little impatiently to see what happens next. Waterstones need to get that posted to me ASAP because seriously, I need it. Yesterday.

The Characters


Ah, Kaz. I needed to know what all the fuss was about with Kaz, and I certainly learned. He’s awesome. His character is amazing, and I loved learning more about him. I totally see why so many people seem to love him, and I do too. Despite clearing have a dark past, and being extremely violent at times, everything seemed to have a root cause, or a justification. Whether it’s a good justification I guess is up to the reader, but his actions were never thoughtless. Everything Kaz did, even everything he said, seemed to be well thought out and planned to achieve a certain outcome. It was fun reading about his scheming.


Inej was probably my favourite character. If this was D&D, she’d be the rogue. She’s capable of going pretty much anywhere unseen, climbing great heights and using two blades with deadly accuracy. Also known as, my favourite fantasy character archetype!

The Crew

Six of Crows follows six characters overall. You’ve got the two above, plus Jesper, Wylan, Nina and Matthias. Each with their own quirks, relationships and problems. It was fun to read the friendships and relationships developing between both Jepser and Wylan and then Nina and Matthias.

Different chapters were told from the point of view of different characters, which I’m never 100% sure on, but Leigh nailed it here. Each character had such a unique voice, that I had no issue differentiating between them.

The special edition was super pretty too (I mean, I’m assuming it was just this edition) had an illustration above each character’s chapter that represented that character. That added a little something extra that I appreciated.

Have you read Six of Crows? What did you think?

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1 year ago

Yes, so glad you enjoyed this! I would highly recommend the gilded wolves and dangerous remedy, as they have a similar vibe and include found family & heists!

Reply to  geekylorraine
1 year ago

Yay and yeah they have a very similar vibe, though all of the stories are so original and creative.

1 year ago

I’m so glad you enjoyed it, your review has made me want to reread them!

The Tsundoku Chronicles
1 year ago

I’m so glad you enjoyed this book! I am completely obsessed! This book is *chefs kisses* I love the Dregs so much!

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Reply to  geekylorraine
1 year ago

Ahh I’m so excited for you! And also ready to fangirl and scream with you lol

Beth Jones
1 year ago

So happy to hear you enjoyed this book! I hope you love Crooked Kingdom too, I enjoyed it even more 🙂

1 year ago

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