Is It Worth the Hype? Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Review


Published: September 29th, 2015 by Henry Holt and Company

Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | Fiction

Recommended to: those who love a good plot and interesting characters



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.

RATING: ★★★★★

How do I even begin to write a review for the perfection that is Six of Crows?

If you’re into YA fantasy, you’ve probably heard of the name Kaz Brekker. It’s hard not to. There is so much hype surrounding that name and Six of Crows. But now that I’ve finally read the book, I definitely understand why.

Kaz is unlike any character I’ve ever read. He is greedy, selfish, and cruel when he wants to be. But despite that, he is also clever and strong. Kaz did not have an easy childhood. Certain events made him who he is — a boy bent on revenge. I know this book is not only about Kaz but to me, he was the most fascinating character.

kaz brekker by merwild
Kaz Brekker by Merwild

Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.

This book is written in multiple POVs and at first, it was certainly confusing. I think this is probably the most number of POVs I’ve read in a book. But once I got used to it, it was easy. Everything smoothly transitioned to get the plot moving.

Having six different main characters (Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Jesper, Wylan) doesn’t mean having to choose who to love. Honestly, I liked all of them. They had different personalities that you can’t help but love. However, I was really drawn to Matthias and Nina’s pairing. They reminded me of one of my favorite couples, Reid and Lou from Serpent & Dove. I’m a big fan of enemies to lovers and the tension between them did things to my heart. I was praying hard that none of them will get killed because, after everything they’ve been through, they deserve to be happy.

Highlight the text below to see the spoiler.

[I wrote this before reading Crooked Kingdom. It seems like I did not pray hard enough. LMAO]

Anyway, before this review turned into a very detailed description of my ship, let’s talk about what really made this book special. And no, it’s not the romance. It wasn’t even a very big part of it. Considering there are many shippers of the couples in this book, I initially thought it would be. But what made this book really awesome was the plot. Kaz Brekker is a very, very clever character and his plans are proof, even if sometimes they are a bit crazy. So many things happened in this book and I did not even try to guess what would happen next. I just enjoyed the thrilling ride until the very end. I am really excited about the upcoming Shadow and Bone series on Netflix which will also include Six of Crows. The book would make a very exciting show and I hope they give it justice.

Speaking of Shadow and Bone, I think I can’t end this review without at least talking about it. I started the series but I couldn’t finish the second book, Siege and Storm. A lot of people told me that I could read Six of Crows directly and that it is so much better. I can’t help but agree. Six of Crows is miles ahead. Sorry. Shadow and Bone walked so that Six of Crows could run. 😂

3 thoughts on “Is It Worth the Hype? Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Review

  1. Ooh, Marie! I’m glad you liked Six of Crows. Kaz and Inej is definitely a unique pairing but I do think their dynamics is one the reasons why I was so hooked with this series.

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