Six of Crows Duology, Not Original but Well Executed

Posted December 11, 2017 by Pamela Nicole in Reviews / 2 Comments

Six of Crows Duology, Not Original but Well ExecutedSix of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Published by Henry Holt and Company on September 29th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 462
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased


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.


Six of Crows is like the mysterious sexy guy from those YA and NA books. They lure you in with all the dark atmosphere they have going on, but well, once you read the book, you realize it’s not that unique. However, this can go a couple of ways.

Worst case scenario, the guy turns out to be a caricature and reading about him is dull and bleh.

Best case scenario, the author manages to put a spin on the bad guy trope that hooks you in.

Bravo, you guessed, Six of Crows is the best case scenario.

It’s been two years since I read the first book and I will never regret that decision. If you haven’t read this one, you probably wonder if the hype is justified. You’re probably reluctant to read it for that very reason. Mostly everyone has loved it, what if you don’t?

It can happen.

However, let’s address the expectations. Well, expectation.


Will it absolutely blow your mind, punch you in the feels and be as epic as everyone says it is?

Perhaps. Six of Crows’ plot is not what I would call original. It’s basically a quest. Six characters, 3 ships duh. A bit reminiscent of the Lunar Chronicles in that aspect. So, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before.

But I will tell you this,


It’s epic because of the characters

Wildly different characters that come together and clash in all kinds of ways. That’s what fun is about. Kaz is an arrogant ass, but the kind most people usually love. There is a chance you’ll find him nothing lovable about him, but you’re entitled to that, you know. He’s still epic.


Epic worldbuilding

Maybe you remember meeting the world of the Grisha for the first time with Shadow and Bone. Or not. Whatever, it’s still cool. It’s pretty epic because it’s a big world, and big fantasy worlds mean rich stories -when you know what you’re doing, of course.

If you don’t it’s a waste of precious potential.

But guys, Leigh Bardugo?

She kinda knew what she was doing with these books.


So should you read Six of Crows?

Give it a chance dammit! Yes, it’s worth the shot. C’mon, you know you want to, at least to see what the fuss is all about!

Hi, I’m Pamela, your curly-haired bookdragon friend, here to talk about books, writing, introversion, and everything creativity! I also teach creative writing through workshops and online courses to spanish-speaking writers.

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