Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publication: September 29, 2015

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Synopsis: 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 are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


When Kaz is approached by a very rich merchant, he is offered a job he cannot resist. With the money that is offered to him, he could do whatever he wanted, become whoever he wanted. In order to successfully accomplish this mission, he will need the perfect gang. A gang made up of thugs and thieves.

Each character in this story is so unique. Kaz, the leader of the group, is mysterious and smart. He has learned how to survive on the streets and has proved himself to be an invaluable asset to one of the streets most notorious gangs, The Dregs. Inej was once a slave at an exotic brothel until Kaz discovered her for her skills of creeping and spying. Jesper is Kaz’s second and a sharpshoot with a special love for his guns and gambling. Nina is a Heartrender who is capable of killing someone with a clench of her fists. Matthias is a murder and a convict who has quite the history with killing those who possess magic. Wylan is the son of a rich merchant who doesn’t possess any street skills, but does bring his very own set of skills to the group.

It took me a long time to get into this book. The first half of this book felt quite lengthy and drawn out. There is no shortage of backgrounds and buildup to the action in this book. Nevertheless, I journeyed on because this book has such wonderful reviews.  It is not until the second half of the book that my interest was seriously peaked. The plot was beginning to thicken and the action was picking up.

I haven’t read The Grisha trilogy, so maybe I do not appreciate this book as much as others who have read the trilogy. In the beginning, I felt like there was a dump of information and I wasn’t sure what to do with all of it. However, even though this book didn’t completely live up to my expectations (blame it on the hype), I will absolutely be reading the sequel. I also plan on reading The Grisha Trilogy as well. I wanted so badly for this book to be a five star read, but it ended up a four star read. Four stars is not bad by any means, I was just hoping for that special spark that give star reads have for me.

4 out of 5 stars

Meet The Author


Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising).

She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she’s lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. Her new book, Six of Crows, arrives fall 2015.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and her website.


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