Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Liz K.    January 18, 2016

” 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. ”

After emerging triumphant from a holiday-induced reading slump I can finally say that I have read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! Six of Crows is set in the same universe as The Grisha trilogy (and its short stories), but does not contain spoilers so feel free to read Six of Crows first if you so choose! I’d like to include a trigger warning for descriptions of violence and would recommend this book for mature readers.

First thing you need to know is this book is so pretty. Beautiful cover, beautiful maps and illustrations, beautiful black-edged pages. I mean it, it’s like a piece of art for your bookshelves! />geekout

Six of Crows is a fantasy set in a magical version of the Netherlands. A group of six criminals set out to prevent a powerful new kind of magic falling into the wrong hands. If they succeed they’ll be rewarded with enough money to last them a lifetime. If they fail…it could be the end of the world as they know it. And the odds of success don’t look good.

The POV bounces around between 5 of the 6 main characters, but their voices are unique and it’s easy to keep track of them. The characters are well-developed and interesting. The plot is a fast-paced roller coaster. My main complaint was that the magical system is a little complicated and I had some trouble keeping it straight. Additionally there were a lot of Dutch/Dutch-inspired words and I had to go back and double-check their meanings a few times. In the end it was a fun read and I would recommend this not just for fans of fantasy and magical realism, but also for fans of action and suspense stories.

Want to read some more reviews first? Check it out on Goodreads! Ready to give it a go? Find it in the Vault under NEW TEEN F BARDUGO, in the catalog here, or check out the ebook here!