Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
ashley | Oh man, I had a hard time getting into Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. So many characters and not too much happening from the get go. It was a lot to take in. But I had heard so many great things and waited so long to read this, I wasn’t going to let that stop me. And thank saints I kept pushing through because it was worth it. Totally worth it.
Don’t take the first part of the book for granted. It moves slow, but this character development ends up being such a beautiful thing. Once the crew bands together for their big heist adventure, I was so grateful to have spent so much time with them individually before hand. You really get to see the friendships growing closer, the enemies growing more vicious and the various relationships blossoming.
And boy do those relationships blossom. It’s very convenient how this crew ends up kind of all pairing off. Things like this usually annoy me, but I found it added a layer of charm to this story. This is likely because the romance wasn’t a priority and that it wasn’t instalove, it developed between people with layered histories that were feeling conflicting feelings growing as they continued to lean on and open up to their match. These relationships also ended up being the drive behind a lot of their actions and the rock that grounded and focused them in their most desperate times. It was a really interesting combination for each character and I quite enjoyed seeing things grow.
It took me quite long to get through this, despite how interested and wrapped up in the story I was, but I cherished every bit. I loved how this elaborate plan came together and was then blown to bits. I loved how you grew to trust characters, only to see them completely throw that off with their spontaneous and sometimes selfish responses. There were a lot of hills and valleys with this and while it might have been a slow climb, the overall view in the end made everything else worth it.
Bardugo is not only a great story teller, but a great writer. There was a lot of information and a lot to follow here but not once did it feel like too much. She crafted such different, flawed characters that were hard not to fall in love with, honestly I liked each and every member of this motley crew and I anticipate my thinking of them fondly for a long time coming.
But I especially loved how she pulled off weaving the backstory of each character into the main story as we went along without totally having to dumb things down. It wasn’t stiffly structured, things were seamlessly dropped into context depending on the current situation. Everything blended so well and didn’t derail the action or the story one bit. I was thoroughly impressed.
Not only was this a heist story, but it was a story of vengeance and I got such a thrill waiting for these people to wreak vengeance on those who wronged them. I did find the ending quite abrupt, but it certainly had me hooked and I can’t wait to read the sequel.
september 29, 2015