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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: Review
Six of Crows is a novel about a group of young men and women, all crooks, assassins, and worse, attempting the heist of a lifetime while simultaneously trying not kill each other in the process.
It follows the narration of all of the main characters, including Kaz, the mysterious, glove-wearing gang leader known as "Dirtyhands" and the assassin known as "the Wraith".
In this novel, Bardugo weaves a dark, sinister tale of revenge, death, slavery, and magic. With many dark turns, it's an unpredictable, witty, and enthralling read.
This is the first book in years that I have stayed up until one in the morning reading. I could not put this book down for the life of me, and it was so refreshing.
Narration and Characters
Everything about the characters and narration of this book was incredibly refreshing.
Each character, no matter what gender or race, received the same amount of care, attention, and crafting as their counterparts, creating multiple, vivid personalities for the reader to connect to.
All characters were starkly different and believable. What was most refreshing was that there were good and bad aspects of each character--as is true of people in real life. There are no clear-cut heroes in this novel, but there are still people to root for, and makes the reader question their own perception of morality.
What was interesting (and great) was that the female characters, specifically Inej (the Wraith), never fell into any typical categories that some YA female characters tend to do. They didn't fall into the "adorably clumsy" trope or the "heartless killer" trope. They were real, believable characters with intense emotions.
The plot was wonderfully constructed, keeping the reader guessing at every turn.
Backstories were revealed in a wonderfully intense way, revealing bits and pieces to keep the reader curious about the characters until, finally, all is revealed, connecting the characters with their motivations, personalities, and how they came to be what they are when the story begins.
This review was short, which is always a good sign, because if it were to go on any longer, it would simply be more praise for this book. Bardugo crafted a wonderful story with intense characters, wonderful world building, and a gripping plot.
It was very enjoyable, and I highly anticipate the rest of the series.