I really, really enjoyed Six of Crows! This is Leigh Bardugo’s
fourth novel within the Grishaverse, centered within the city of Ketterdam. Six
young and fearless fighters venture out to achieve a high stakes heist, led by
Kaz Brekker, leader of the Dregs. They face impossible obstacles as they
discover the root of the issue, and also look into their own personal demons
along their journey.
As I began reading Six of Crows, I immediately sensed that Leigh Bardugo took a radically
different turn with writing her lead female characters. It’s a multiple
perspective novel, following each member of the group as they embark on the
heist. The two main female characters, Inej and Nina, are fearless. While fighting
their own personal demons, these two women are extremely confident in their
abilities. It’s very refreshing to see after reading the Grisha trilogy. I enjoyed
the series, but I wanted more from the lead female character, and Six of Crows certainly came through with
This book takes place a couple years after the trilogy’s storyline. References of the ‘Ravkan civil war’ is threaded throughout the story. I’m going to enjoy reading ‘Crooked Kingdom’, as I feel that Ravka will be more prominent.
I’m about halfway through Leigh Bardugo’s ‘Six of Crows’ (midway through Section 3: Heartbreak). This part goes heavily into the backstory of the Dregs’ members, how they came into the lives they chose to live. I love how it shows the human side of all of these characters. Way before their notorious reputations were cemented, they were small children forced into indentured servitude, or living a life of intense gambling. Fate also brought bitter enemies together, forcing them to ignore their biases in each other in order to survive and adapt. (The parts involving the history of Nina and Matthias were very intriguing). I definitely notice that Bardugo’s writing style is quite different from the Grisha series. Her female characters in Six of Crows are feminine and fierce, which is quite refreshing to read. Perhaps I’ll be able to finish this story by mid-week.
I’m finally tackling ‘Six of Crows’! I wanted to wrap up my February reads with this story, but I’m only a quarter of the way through with it. So far, I feel a bit conflicted over what I’m reading thus far. Perhaps it’s because that the plot centers around completing a risky heist, and I usually don’t warm up to heist stories so easily. I do find some of the characters enjoyable though, like Kaz and Inej.
I’m currently on Chapter 11, and something big just happened in the story. I’m curious to see what happens next…