This review has both non-spoiler and spoiler elements to it, however the longer parts are the spoiler parts as I go into more detail there.
This was a re-read for me, as I read this book a few years ago, but then like any book worm I saw lots of new books being released, and never got round to reading the next book in the duology. This meaning that when I finally came to read Crooked Kingdom, I couldn’t remember enough of what happened in Six of Crows to read it.
I loved Six of Crows the first time I read it, and I am happy to say that I loved it just as much this time. I loved the characters and how deep both them and their issues were. I liked how Leigh Bardugo used realistic problems people have like PTSD, and subtlety addressed it in this novel.
Leigh slowly draws out the backstory of each of the six characters, which I found replicated how you get to know things about someone as you start to make friends with them, this making the characters feel more realistic.
I will say that from re-reading this book I do recognising that it is quite slow, especially at the beginning, but I think that is because in this book you are getting to know the world and the characters – as I have heard that this is not the case in Crooked Kingdom.
I do think it would be interesting to get a novella from some of the characters that we don’t hear as much backstory in this book, however as I haven’t read Crooked Kingdom I don’t know if we get these details in the last book in the duology.
I liked how even though Inej is a strong and resilient character, we also see a venerable side to her too, as near the start of the book when she is walking past the Menagerie she has a panic attack, due to all the memories of her past there come flooding back. Also she is shown to experience feelings of self-doubt before she is about to go into a fight at times, which is something we can all relate to. I like how we also saw this side of Kaz too when he faints in the prisoners wagon, as it reminds him of when he was floating down the river with the bodies that had been effected by the pox that killed his brother; one of these bodies being his brother Jordie. This showing how the strong characters aren’t invisible.
I love the reveal at the end of the book about Kaz’s ‘R’ tattoo on the top of his arm, and how it was his second name ‘Rietveld’, that he and his brother shared before he became Kaz Brekker.
There are so many moments between Kaz and Inej where they were so close to something happening between them, but then it just didn’t. I loved this, as it kept me hoping, but then I hated it as I JUST WANTED THEM TO BE TOGETHER. I loved the scene where Nina tells Inej that Kaz’s heart beats faster when he looks at Inej, it made me feel so much happiness for Inej as it made her see the truth about Kaz’s feelings for her although he wouldn’t admit how he really feels about her. Although ultimately I want Kaz and Inej to be together, I do like how they don’t rush into a relationship, as it is representative of real life and how relationships aren’t easy and don’t happen overnight.
On the topic of Nina, I loved her as a character. She was one of my favourite characters. Who am I kidding they are all my favourite characters, and it isn’t often I say that in a book? I did not expect Nina to take the Jurda parem drug, and it took me by surprise. I can’t wait to see what happens to her in Crooked Kingdom, especially as her and Matthias finally expressed their feelings for each other.
I don’t know about anyone else, but Wylan reminded me of Alec Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I don’t mean that in a bad way, as I like Alec, but there was just something about Wylan that made me think of Alec.
I love some of the lines that Jasper came out with, and his feelings towards Kaz and then Wylan, by the end of the book. He is just such a funny, and entertaining character.
So that’s my thoughts and opinions on Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, don’t forget to like and comment this post if you have any questions. If you haven’t read this book already go and find a copy and read read read it – you will love it. But if you have read it – please comment your thoughts and opinions in the comments telling me your favourite moments in the book and what you thought of it as a whole. Thank you for reading this book review – and I will see you again in the next wonderful world I visit. Until then I would appreciate it if you went checked out my other posts and followed my blog. I hope you are having a lovely day!
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