Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: First book read in 2017. (Spoiler-Free Review)

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Six of Crows Review:

Overall star rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This was the local library’s YA Book Club Book Pick of the Month for December and also the first book that I have read in 2017! I would like to thank my old college library for allowing me to borrow the book even though I am not a student at the moment for the book group since I was absent when the copies were handed out due to other matters.

This was the first book by Leigh Bardugo that I’ve read. I have seen the Grisha trilogy around and have heard mixed things regarding the books but if you think I should read them, let me know in the comments section under this review! Six of Crows is a YA Fantasy novel, the first in a duology with the second book Crooked Kingdom released a few weeks ago.

The story takes place in a world full of danger, adventure and… guards, lots of them. Kaz Brekker is someone who has a criminal background and loves to tackle dangerous deeds. Kaz’s character reminded me a lot of The Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. He is offered a job involving a ton of money and plenty of risks involved. Break into the Ice Court, where no prisoner has ever escaped from and rescue a hostage from under the noses of the elite. But this is a mission that Kaz cannot do alone so he gathers six others from the city all with different strengths to come together as a team and pull off the impossible. The only issue is that most of them don’t get along with each other with constant bickering putting everything under threat.

I thought the amount of action and tension throughout was fantastic, every chapter had something going on that kept me hooked as a reader. Some of the fight scenes were brutal and a lot of mentions of pistols but the whole fantasy adventure side of the story was outstanding. The only thing which stopped me giving the whole book 5 out of 5 stars were the descriptions of the world building. As a reader, I don’t just want to see the story world but I also want to feel like I am actually there with the characters myself, just like scenes from a movie or in a video game. I am a visual learner as well as a visual reader. I felt the descriptions were long and did for me personally take away some of that world building enjoyment.

The ending… wasn’t expecting that at all but I hope to be picking up Crooked Kingdom very soon! Plus, totally irrelevant but I’ll say this anyway. The day I got the book from my old College, there were six crows all lined up on the street outside my house and I flipped out!

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