Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

5/5 Stars 
Published by Henry Holt and Company
Published September 29th, 2015

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. 

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction - if they don't kill each other first.

Ladies and gents, Leigh Bardugo has done it again - another stellar story! From the moment I opened this book I was captivated and intrigued by this intricately developed world. There is nothing better than the feeling of falling in love all over again with a story book world and that's exactly the feeling I had when reading Six of Crows! After falling deeply in love with the characters from the Grisha trilogy, I didn't think Leigh would be able to out do herself, but she did. Not only is this a brilliantly crafted plot, but it emotionally tethers you to every single detail.

To start off, I really really want to talk about the characters that Leigh was able to create. Each was so intricately developed to be their own separate character and it was just so awesome to watch their lives weave together. My dearest Kaz Brekker, oh how you ruin me. Kaz is the ideal leader and such a devious mastermind. He was always two steps ahead of everybody - always planning, always thinking. Inej is the epitome of girl power. I respect how strong she is and how faithful she remains to her roots. Kaz has said that she is the glue to the entire operation and that is exactly correct! Nina is fierce, independent, and overall such a badass female character that you can't help but love her snarky remarks. Matthias had a lovely character development throughout this book. He starts off very close-minded and hard, but he eventually opens up and becomes a wonderful ally. Jesper, my cinnamon roll, he is truly precious. Jesper is the one I look to for comic relief and a little cheeriness. Wylan is incredibly smart and quick thinking - he even saved the crew a couple times. Now unfortunately, Wylan never gets his own POV, but I loved every second that I had with him and am looking forward to how his character will take shape in the next book.

One thing that I really need to point out about this book was that the writing was magnificent. Leigh Bardugo has come a long way since first writing Shadow and Bone. Her writing has gotten incredibly detailed and captivating, which is such a pleasure to watch. It has grown to the point where you everything is unexpected and leaves you wanting more. The characters in Six of Crows all come from very troubled past's and even though they were able to get past that, they dug themselves up in a bigger pile of crap, lemme tell you. However, they never succumb to the amount of beatings they took or any obstacles that got in their way, and that's what made it so interesting to read. There was never a dull moment in this book.

Six of Crows has to be my favorite book of 2015, by far. I recommend this to anyone and everyone, whether you're fourteen, twenty-two, fifty-five - please give this book a shot, it will not let you down.

No mourners, no funerals ...


  1. This book is so amazing it hurts. I devoured in two days, I was so proud of myself. I'll meet Leigh in the Netherlands tomorrow and I am SO excited !!!! BTW, I saw an amazing design of No Mourners No Funerals on RedBubble, I think I'll buy it as a shirt or a bag or something because I need it in my life! :D

  2. I have this one on hold at my library, so I'm anxious to read it. I love all the mixed reviews about it though; gives me pros and cons. I'm hoping that it will be a great experience for me. Great review!

  3. Still haven't read my copy, but I'm hoping to get to it soon. I can't wait!

  4. I NEED to read this book. I want to read it over Thanksgiving vacation because I won't have anything to worry about but the book, and Leigh deserves all of the attention ;). She always writes the best characters so I'm definitely excited. Great review!