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Six of Crows – Book Review

Book Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fantasy
Target Audience: Young Adult
Publication date: September 29th 2015
Format: Kindle & Paperback

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“It’s not natural for women to fight.”
“It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.”

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Why I chose this?

I’m way behind on reading what would be considered popular reads, however now that they have started filming Shadow and Bone with Ben Barnes as the Darkling I think it’s time I started reading this book.

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What it’s about

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

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.

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First Impressions

I like the cover of this better than the Shadow and Bones series covers. Where they had jewelled colours, the cover I have is the same as the photo above. So the grey and black choices is telling me this is going to be a darker story and the blood-red of the title well do I really need to explain this part?

I do like that the Independent review saying it’s “Ocean’s Eleven set in a Game of Thrones-esque world”

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What I Thought

When I started this I felt that it took a long while to get into it so it was a little while before I got into it. Several months to be precise.

It was, however, easy to get back into it.

I love how diverse each of the characters are as well as how human they are even if they don’t want to appear that way. Each of their backstories to me is heartbreaking but they’ve built strength from it.

The writing style is fabulous even if I’m pretty sure I’d have pronounced 99% of the words of the Grisha and Mattias’s language (I can’t spell or pronounce his language) wrong.

I did come across a couple of issues.

  1. Too many characters with too many POV’sI think if we had a bit less of a backstory for each character they wouldn’t have been as lovable but I think there was too much backstory for some and not enough for others. I want to hear more about Kaz and Inej (I am also shipping these really hard)
  2. I thought it was a little too longIt seemed to take a while to get some traction and when I read they were breaking someone out of a prison I understood there would have been a few intricate details but did it need to be 95% of the book with the backstory in between.

Overall I did enjoy this and will be going straight into Crooked Kingdom as I need to know what happens next.

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Star Rating

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