Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – 5 MASSIVE STARS!
“A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who has become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse.”
Read it, they said.
It’s even better than the Grisha Trilogy, they said.
It’s her best work, they said.
THEY WERE RIGHT!
Holy hell did that meet my expectations and more. Leigh Bardugo you little freaking genius, I could kiss you. THIS WAS FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!! Filled with twists and turns you will no way see coming, amazing world building, incredible and complex characters, an unforgettable storyline, and not one, not two, but THREE SWOON-WORTHY ROMANCES. This is the kind of book you finish and immediately want to re-read.
So let’s meet the Six of Crows, shall we?
Kaz– Leader of the gang the Dregs, also known as “Dirtyhands.” He’s complicated, brooding, has one of the saddest backstories, and is one of the smartest and best crooks out there.
Inej– Member of the Dregs, called the Wraith because of her stealth like spying abilities.
Nina– Smart ass, curvy, flirty firecracker who can stop your heart with a flick of her wrist.
Matthias– THIS BOY. He’s a disgraced warrior / convict who will continually surprise you.
Jesper– Member of the Dregs and a sharpshooter with a penchant for gambling.
Wylan– Lovable nerd who basically lives to blow things up.
Kaz is asked to perform an almost impossible heist. For what, I won’t say. But with the help of the other 5 MCs, an epic adventure ensues and one of the BEST CASTS IS INTRODUCED. These characters. They were flawed, complex, hysterical, lovable, amazing..I could go on and on. Shout out to Nina & Injej’s friendship because, goals. Another shout out to Matthias’s brooding self and Kaz’s subtle infatuation and Jesper’s comic relief and Wylan’s flirting. The way their backstory was shown was brilliant and the dynamics among the group along with the many twists and well-crafted plot made this nearly impossible to put down.
I’m going to divert to the romance for a second here. BECAUSE WOW. Subtle yet freaking breathtaking. I can’t believe how perfect the amount of romance there was in this. I CAN’T GET OVER HOW BEAUTIFUL IT ALL WAS.
“I don’t want your prayers,” he said. “What do you want, then?” The old answers came easily to mind. Money. Vengeance. Jordie’s voice in my head silenced forever. But a different reply roared to life inside him, loud, insistent, and unwelcome. You, Inej. You.”
He needed to tell her … what? That she was lovely and brave and better than anything he deserved. That he was twisted, crooked, wrong, but not so broken that he couldn’t pull himself together into some semblance of a man for her. That without meaning to, he’d begun to lean on her, to look for her, to need her near.
“You shouldn’t make friends with crows,” he’d told her. “Why not?” she asked. He’d looked up from his desk to answer, but whatever he’d been about to say had vanished on his tongue. The sun was out for once, and Inej had turned her face to it. Her eyes were shut, her oil-black lashes fanned over her cheeks. The harbor wind had lifted her dark hair, and for a moment Kaz was a boy again, sure that there was magic in this world.
“Stay,” she panted. Tears leaked from her eyes. “Stay till the end.”
“And after,” he said. “And always.”
“Nina,” he whispered, “little red bird. Don’t go.”
and then this was, just because I loved it so much:
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.
Can you freaking even?
Leigh is the queen of characters. She has created some of the most memorable characters in her stories I have ever read about.
Now while this is set in her Grisha universe, SOC can definitely be read without reading the Grisha Trilogy (though I DO NOT recommend this because I absolutely loved that series and I also think it’ll make some things easier to understand.)
I can’t praise this story enough. If you haven’t added this to your TBR, do it. If you have this on your TRB and haven’t read it yet, read it. I am going to lock myself away to immediately start Crooked Kingdom and get another dose of this incredible cast!