Six of Crows is the first book in a duology by Leigh Bardugo that is set in the same fictional world as her Grisha series. It’s a story full of plots not unlike those in Tamora Pierce’s Trickster series and an introduction to Kerch’s underbelly that reminded me of Pierce’s Bekah Cooper series. Six young people of varying shady backgrounds come together to pull off an unthinkable heist for a huge sum of money. With each of their talents together, they just might pull it off.
Let me start by saying that this book has the single most complex plot that I have ever read in any book. No matter how hard you might try, you will never be on the level of Kaz Brekker. He’s the mastermind ring leader of this group of misfits and is constantly scheming something up. Since the book is in third person, the reader isn’t privy to the endgame of the unpredictable plots until they actually happen, just like the characters in the book. I thought that was a really great idea on Bardugo’s part because it leaves you on your toes and wanting to read and read until the book is done. Another selling point of this book is the characters. There are six main players in this book and each chapter is given to a different person’s viewpoint. While that could have easily become overwhelming or confusing, it worked here. Each person was unique and memorable and leave you wanting to beg the author for their ensured safety. We learn about them through their preset schemes but also though flashbacks–each of which are relevant and add to the story or character. Overall this is an amazing book, full of all of the best elements of a fantasy, a thriller, and finished off with a pinch of romance. I would recommend this to everyone grade seven and up. They could like fantasy, they could like adventure, or they could just like really great writing. I guarantee they will find at least one part about this book to love.
As I mentioned above, while this is set in the same world as Bardugo’s Grisha series, they do not have to be read first. However, there are several characters that might make an appearance so one might want to read those books first!
*Also, the second and final book in the duology is now out and will be available in the library soon! (And let me tell you, it has quite the ending.)*