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Must-Read Fantasy| Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows is going to ROCK YOUR WORLD.

Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Title & Author: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Young Adult – High Fantasy

Release Date: September 29, 2015

Series: Six of Crows #1

Publisher: Macmillan

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher


“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.”


The title above says it all. I. am. SPEECHLESS. I may be ruined for all other fantasy books after this!

I will do my best to funnel my gushing love of Six of Crows into some coherent thoughts. First, this book is set in the same world as The Grisha trilogy (all of which I ADORE), except it takes place on the island of Kerch and takes place in the future from the previous books.

For readers who haven’t read the Grisha books, I think initially you may be a bit confused with the terminology (even I was – it’s been awhile), but reading the previous books is not necessary as this story introduces totally new characters and places.

I also liked how although magical folks were focused on in the previous books, in this story there is a bigger emphasis on characters from different lands than Ravka and other skills than magical abilities are highlighted.

I’m not sure I’ve been so in love with a character in a long time. I’m talking about Kaz. He is the ringleader of band of thugs, and he’s got a new project he’s recruiting for. He is written so well, I feel like I could peel Kaz off the pages and set him loose on the world (and he’d rule it the end of the day).

What I loved most about Six of Crows was the gang of characters. There are six main characters, and the story alternates between their perspectives and voices.

Each has their own unique history, which is slowly revealed throughout the novel. So while they’re planning the heist of the century with all these moving parts and plans, the reader gets to know everyone better through their memories and thoughts.

They share this tangible camaraderie that is heart-warming and heart-breaking and heart-rending (you’ll get this play on words after you read the book). It’s so special to read a book and feel like you’re also a part of the team the author’s created.

The swoonworthy scale on this book is OFF THE CHARTS. Like, you will root so hard for these couples!

Lastly, Six of Crows is just plain well-written. The dialogue is always funny and the weaving of so many stories is deftly executed.


I am such a huge advocate for this book and for all of Leigh Bardugo’s work. She’s an absolutely phenomenal writer, and she’s done it again with this new series set in a world I already know and love. Six of Crows is 100 percent a book you absolutely MUST read this year.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Kara Young Dickinson

    I am even more excited now. I loved the Grisha books and I had high hopes for the new series but …. You never know…. Unless Lisa loves it, then I know I will so yes!!!!

  • I have not actually heard much about this book before. This review has definitely piqued my interest though. It sounds like one I need to read!

  • Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    I want to read this so badly! I already loved her Grisha trilogy, and I have a feeling this one is going to be just as epic -maybe even more so. I’m pretty sure I’ll love Kaz too, if only because you described him as the ringleader of a band of thugs.
    Great review!