Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for “good luck.”
What can I say about this book that hasn’t already been said by so many others?
I’ll start with this: It’s all true.
It really is that amazing. Seriously, one of the best YA books I’ve read. I’m putting it up there with Hunger Games or Divergent or any other super popular book in this genre. If you’re thinking to yourself, “Ok, but is it as good as….” my answer will be yes. Yes it is.
Let me start with these awesome characters. Each one was given a great amount of depth and a unique voice, the latter being especially important with the many points of view this book has. I never forgot which character was telling the story at any given moment. That depth only grows with each page, as Bardugo expertly reveals hidden layers of these wonderful individuals with perfectly placed flashbacks. These once mysterious characters come into greater focus until we as readers understand exactly who they are and why they do the things they do. I can’t even pick a favorite. Kaz, Inej, Nina…they’re all badass.
Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.
Kaz rolled his eyes. “The easiest way to steal a man’s wallet is to tell him you’re going to steal his watch.”
The relationships between the characters also had the perfect amount of tension, romance, and friendship. I loved the turmoil of emotions between Nina and Matthias. I adored the growing friendship between Nina and Inej. I loved little jabs at rookie Wylan.
These characters are more than just their history, or their relationships…they are also colored by their motivations. Each one wants to pull off this incredible heist for their own personal reasons. Freedom, revenge, a pardon…and the money of course. Alright I think you’re getting my point–the characters rock. Speaking of the heist…
“What makes you think we can do this? There will be other teams out there, trained soldiers and spies, people with years of experience.”
“This isn’t a job for trained soldiers and spies. It’s a job for thugs and thieves. Van Eck knows it, and that’s why he brought us in.”
I purposely freed up a night so I could read the last 200 pages straight because there was no way I was going to stop reading once this heist was on! And it never felt gimmicky, or that the danger wasn’t really real…this was full blown adrenaline until the very end. More than that, the characters also had to face more than just the danger of pulling off the impossible. They also came face to face with their fears cultivated by their own pasts…by who they are. It added a whole new level of satisfaction. They weren’t just trying to get money or power or bragging rights, they were also facing their demons in the midst of it.
Honestly, I can’t think of one bad thing to say about this book. Even the design of it was great. When you take the book jacket off, it’s all black. Even the page edges are black. Take a look:
So to sum it up, yes, it’s as epic as they all say it is. Do whatever you can to get your hands on this book and start reading it.
You’ll be glad you did.