Review: SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo

19 September 2015

PUBLISHER: indigo | PUBLICATION DATE: october 8th 2015 | GENRE: fantasy  
(thank you to the Guardian for sending me this book for free in exchange for an honest review.)
Utterly, extremely bewitching. The characters, the plot; very rarely in my life do I say that a book desperately needs a sequel – this is one of those instances. I didn’t allow myself to have expectations for SIX OF CROWS, purely because I knew they would explode through the roof and I would explode with them – but this book. This book was like a kaleidoscope of colours and wit and bravery and vulnerability were mixed together in a cauldron to create these characters.
Kaz Brekker, I don't know where to start. His ability to keep calm about everything even while a storm was going on inside him and around him, his insecurities making him so much more vulnerable yet no-one knew, because he was so good at hiding. His friendship/reliance on Inej was so heart-breaking and that ending - also if this book is ever made into a film, I'm playing Inej. The dialogue crackled (and shone and smouldered). Kaz Brekker has, of course, stolen a piece of me – and won’t give it back. Inej, Jesper, Wylan, Nina, Matthias – everyone: I knew them, but I didn’t. I felt for them, but they weren’t real. I yearned for them to succeed and to win and to get their waffles: they were pulsing and alive inside this book. Leigh Bardugo’s ability to create flesh and blood and living, breathing people out of words is astounding. Her plots captivate you with their fast-paced events, coupled with enough world-building to satisfy your questions, merged with intimate scenes between characters that do something to your heart. With death-defying action, an impossible mission, a band of six crazy teenagers each with their own motivatoons to succeed, lots of stealing and secrets and shooting, and you get SIX OF CROWS, set in the already familiar world of the Grisha from Shadow and Bone. If I didn’t have a proof copy, I’d shower the world with quotes from this book; and the fact that I have to wait so long for the next book is painful to think about. SIX OF CROWS was even better than the Grisha trilogy – who even knew that was possible.


  1. OMG I NEED THIS BOOK SO SO BAD. I liked the Grisha trilogy, but the third book kind of made everything go downhill for me. Boo. (I'm probably the minority there though!?) But I ADORED the world and how different is from so many common fantasy words so this book = I need now please and thank you.

    1. YES YES YOU DO. hMM, yeah i think a lot of people felt like that though, but I PREFERRED SIX OF CROWS TO THE ENTIRE GRISHA TRILOGY SO GET ON IT. much darker and cynical. :)

  2. The Grisha trilogy is one I've been planning to read for a while BUT OH HAWWA NOW I DON'T KNOW. Perhaps I'll read both. Easy solution. Your review is marvelous - it has reminded me just how nice the word 'bewitching' is! :-)

  3. AHHH. Hawwa! Stop making me so excited for this! I don’t think I can handle it! *runs around flailing* This sounds absolutely amazing, and I can’t wait until the 29th comes so I can engross myself in this book. The romance, the characters, and the mystery all sound absolutely fantastic. Thanks for sharing this Hawwa and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

  4. HOW DO WE WAIT?! Matthias and Nina are my dearly beloveds and I need more about them

  5. Love the cover! Your review has me anxious to read this one. It sounds amazing and you really made me curious. Thanks for sharing!


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