I got through Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo faster than I thought I would and, overall, I enjoyed the story. From what I understand, SoC takes place in the same world as The Grisha Trilogy. However, you do not – I repeat, do not – had to have read that series to understand or enjoy SoC. With that being said, I’ll be adding The Grisha Trilogy to my TBR list.
SoC follows young criminal mastermind and gang leader, Kaz Brekker, who has been
invited tempted by a whole lot of money to assemble a team and lead them in the heist of a lifetime. Kaz chooses five others to accompany him – a spy, a sharpshooter, a Grisha Heartrender, a convict, and an explosives specialist. Together they plot and prepare to embark on an impossible and dangerous journey. Think a teenage-Ocean’s-Eleven in a world of magic users, witch hunters, thugs, thieves, and murderers. Shiny!
There were a lot of things I liked about this book. I liked the way Ms. Bardugo told the story through alternating perspectives, as mentioned above. It was well written, artfully weaved, came together nicely and helped retain and reveal the mystery (when the time was right). I liked reading everyone’s backstory, but that might have contributed to the slow-paced feel. The characters were each endearing in their own way and I came to like them; which was weird because a few of them have done some pretty terrible things. But then again, so has Damon from the Vampire Diaries, and most people still want to have his babies. (Not me folks, I’m happily married ;P). That’s why they’re antiheroes!
Now that we’ve got the pros out of the way, onto the “cons”! (They’re really not cons – I’m just being nit-picky). When I first started, I found all the names to be a bit overwhelming – there were just so many: people, places, events, etc. Then again, this is a story with six main characters, sooo – not surprising. However, as I continued reading, I became more familiar with the people and the places; therefore, this wasn’t an issue for long. As I mentioned briefly above, I also felt the story was a bit slow-paced, most likely due to the fact that the story cycled through perspectives, so of course there being so many main characters, it would take a little while. Speaking of which, only five out of the six characters got to share their perspectives. Maybe there was a reason for this that has yet to be revealed, but I felt a little robbed on the sixth character’s behalf. But this is a story about thieves and villains, so….
Overall, I’d give SoC 4/5 stars. Check out the synopsis from Goodreads here (but beware of spoilers!)