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Series Review: Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

on May 10, 2021

Six Of Crows (Six Of Crows #1)
Leigh Bardugo
Orion’s Children’s Books
2015, 495p
Purchased personal copy

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}: Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first. 

Like probably many others, I’ve been watching the adaptation of Shadow And Bone on Netflix. I’ve only read the first book in the series (also called Shadow And Bone) and I’d also read this book before as well. But that was as far as I’d gotten in the Grishaverse, until the series reignited my interest in it. I think the melding of the two worlds is done perfectly and the casting is incredible. So I found myself invested all over again in Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Nina etc. So I thought I’d earmark a weekend and re-read Six Of Crows before finally getting to Crooked Kingdom. Honestly, having reread this, I don’t know how I only finished the first book without bothering with the second. I bought them together, and the first ends in such a way. What was wrong with past me?

This is honestly just so fun and clever. It’s hard not to get caught up in the seemingly impossible task of breaking into the Ice Court, freeing a prisoner and getting him safely back to Ketterdam in order for them to collect a huge sum of money. Kaz is the one who comes up with the impossible plans, who thinks of every possible thing that could go wrong and works to counteract it before it happens. The only problem is, Kaz might finally have one weakness and look, I’m totally here for it.

I’m not sure I’ve ever been so into something where basically, nothing happens. But that’s what Kaz and Inej do to me. The scenes they have which bring the tension – you could count them on one hand and still have fingers left over. But the way in which it’s written – it shows so much. It’s the same with the others as well. So much of this is the heist of the century, the plans and dealing with complications and backstabbing that it leaves little time for romance but Leigh Bardugo doesn’t need much. A scene here and there and she creates more than in books I’ve read which dedicate every page to establishing a connection.

Clever and fun and this gang is everything.

9/10

Book #71 of 2021

Crooked Kingdom (Six Of Crows #2)
Leigh Bardugo
Orion Children’s Books
2016, 540p
Purchased personal copy

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}: Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off the most daring heist imaginable.

But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re fighting for their lives.

Double-crossed and badly weakened, they’re low on resources, allies and hope.

While a war rages on the city’s streets, the team’s fragile loyalties are stretched to breaking point. 

Kaz and his crew will have to make sure they’re on the winning side… no matter what the cost. 

This time when I finished the first book, I rolled straight onto this one without taking a break. Kaz gives something away in the last portion of Six Of Crows and it costs him something dear. And now he has to get it back but he also has to plan and make sure that when he moves, it goes flawlessly. Kaz completed the impossible task, got screwed, didn’t get paid, and had one of his prize assets taken from him. It’s a brave man who crosses him and little do they know, he’s plotting their downfall, brick by brick.

This one feels different to the first one – more frantic, more stressful, even though they’re not really doing the impossible. But they’re more backed into a corner, everyone is hunting them and gangs are even joining up to catch them. They’re forced to basically hide out, move around secretly and Kaz has to have more plans than ever to get all of them out of the situation they’re in.

Once again, there are small scenes in this that just say so much. The scene with Kaz and Inej in the bathroom – “I can help you” as two people that have both experienced terrible things and are struggling with normal interactions but wanting to try for each other. Jesper and Wylan continue to be amazing and I was always a bit less into Nina and Matthias but I think they finally won me over in this book (so damn you, Leigh Bardugo).

I think the Shadow And Bone series could easily roll onto a spin off or future seasons where they incorporate this exact storyline. Everyone has pretty much been introduced now (except Wylan, because they haven’t met him in the S&B timeline) and the show has proven that it can do the special effects well. Hopefully it’s able to continue.

I have King Of Scars and Rule Of Wolves….but I suppose I should finally just bite the bullet and read Seige & Storm and Ruin & Rising first. Sigh.

9/10

Book #72 of 2021


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