Thursday, 20 April 2017

And Now For Some ACTUAL Criminals (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)

'"What's the easiest way to steal a man's wallet?"
"Knife to the throat?" asked Inej.
"Gun to the back?" said Jesper.
"Poison in his cup?" suggested Nina.
"You're all horrible," said Matthias.'
- Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

I originally gave this four stars, but I have little to no impulse control and ended up pushing it up to five because Kaz. And Wylan. And Jesper. And Nina and Matthias. And, okay, maybe Inej too. 

Honestly, the characters make this book.

  • Kaz is the most cut-throat criminal in the barrel. He doesn't care about anything but money. He certainly doesn't care about Inej. Nope. Not at all. She's just an investment. It's not like he'd be lost without her or anything. Saints, would you get off his case? Honestly, I love Kaz. He supresses his feelings, internalises everything, and ends up coming off as awkward.
  • Inej is the wraith, which is basically a cool way of saying that you will never hear her coming. She knows everything - everything - because she's queen of the eavesdroppers. I didn't dislike Inej, I just liked her the least of the main cast. She's hard to connect with, but her relationship with Kaz is interesting, and she has strong friendships with Jesper and Nina.
  • Jesper shoots guns and gambles away his money. He seems like a pretty open guy, but bear in mind that all six of the crows have secrets.
  • Wylan is new to the Barrel, clueless, and generally adorable. He annoys the hell out of Jesper so, of course, he ends up spending all his time with him. I loved watching them move from "Kaz says I have to work with you, so here I am" stage to the "I haven't seen you in a couple of days, I feel ditched" stage. 
  • Nina. Saints, I love Nina. She's a heart-render who loves food (same, Nina, same) and has a highly complicated relationship with...
  • Matthias. Who was essentially raised in an arctic version of Nazi Germany. He's a mess of conflicted loyalties and overcomes a lot of prejudices over the course of the book.
They might be a team for the purposes of the heist, but all six of them have their own agendas and those agendas don't necessarily match up to each other or the plan. Most of the plot is dictated by the choices that the characters make. They're all criminals. Don't expect them to take the moral high road just because it's there.

It does have romance, but those romances are so well-written and not what I would call typical. Kaz doesn't like touching people, so that complicates whatever's going on with him and Inej, and Nina and Matthias...well, let's just say that they have some unresolved issues.

Six of Crows is a long book. The plot twists and turns, jumping from character to character, and backstory is massively important. Honestly, at times when it jumped into a character's backstory, I was irritated - I wanted to get to the heist! - but there is nothing in this novel that isn't there for a reason.

It's set in the same world as The Grisha Trilogy, but I haven't read that and I managed fine. 

Have you read Six of Crows?


  1. I had mixeď feelings with this book too. But agree that the characters made the book.

    1. They really did! I haven't felt so attached to a main cast for quite a while! XD

      Thanks for stopping by!