Book Review: Six of Crows

Hi everyone! It’s been a couple of weeks, I’m sorry! I have only read three books in March so far and two were disappointing and the other was Six of Crows. This is the third time I’ve read Six of Crows so I wasn’t sure about reviewing it, especially as it’s already so popular, but whatever. I love this book. It’s clever, thrilling and a great example of how to manage multiple points of view. It will always be on my favourites list for that reason (plus the special edition is really nice to read from).

Star rating: 5 stars

Six of Crows is the beginning of a follow on duology from Shadow and Bone, though you don’t have to have enjoyed or read that series to love this one. For me it shows Leigh’s growth as a writer, which has continued to grow right through to Ninth House. For a book with five points of view (missing Wylan in this first book), I think the plot moves magnificently, Each character really does bring a different personality and a new perspective on the events that occur within the book.

So what’s the plot about? Well, 6 teens take on the most secure location known to them to kidnap a scientist who can make a super scary drug that makes Grisha super powerful but also addicted leading to inevitable death. A drug like that could change their world and they would rather it didn’t leak into the world any more.

Kaz is their obvious leader, a teen who lost everything when he was a child (not unlike the other characters to be honest). Nina is a Grisha who has a particularly interesting backstory with Matthias, a guy from Fjerda that makes for a very interesting enemies to lovers pairing as they’re from two opposing nations. Inej is Kaz’s secret right hand – known as the Wraith she can climb anything and break in anywhere. Her backstory is also heartbreaking, and she seems to be the only person Kaz lets get remotely close. Jesper is a fascinating character – he’s a bit of a mess in all honestly. He has a lot of room to grow as a character given his gambling problem and tendency to accidentally reveal stuff he’s not supposed to. Finally there’s Wylan, a kid who knows his way around making explosives. He’s the only one of the six that doesn’t get a point of view in Six of Crows, but I feel like this would have revealed too much of the plot.

These characters and their dynamics make for an excellent story, especially one as high stakes as a heist that could get them all killed. There are so many powerful, iconic moments that I’m really excited to see on Netflix when Shadow and Bone comes out, likely to be in later seasons. It always takes me a good week to finish Six of Crows, and that’s because I savour every detail, right through to the explosive ending.

Overall, my third read was just as thrilling as the first, and I’m so exciting to re-read Crooked Kingdom and King of Scars before Rule of Wolves arrives later this month.

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