Believe the hype, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is just as amazing as everyone says! It's addictive, action-packed and intriguing, the characters are some of the best written ones ever, and the plot keeps you on edge with worry and anticipation all the way to the end. I recommend this book with all my heart!
I have to confess though that I did struggle a bit with getting into the story at first. I’d heard so many wonderful things about it, but I just couldn’t get past the first two chapters when I first started reading it. I actually had to re-read these chapters to get into all the characters and details. But once I got past those chapters, I was completely hooked. So if you’re struggling with the beginning too, please know that the book is so worth to keep reading!
What makes this book so amazing is the characters. The story is told from multiple character’s third point of views. I absolutely loved how brilliantly Leigh Bardugo created a web with so many layers, when each characters added his or her piece, but still kept the main story together. I absolutely fell in love with all of the six main characters. They were so unique and interesting, mean but kind, bad but also good, and the all added so much depth to the story. And they all had troublesome pasts that helped you understand how they’d ended up in this band of thieves, but you also got to know about their dreams for the future and their hidden feelings and thoughts, which made you relate to, and love them, even more. And this is only the first book, I can only imagine how they will grow character wise in the next book in this series.
And the story; what an amazing tale of adventure, magic and entertainment! It was slightly different than many other YA/fantasy books as it did not have much focus on romance. There were two (potential) ones, and I totally ship them both, but it was not the driver of this action-packed, thrilling rollercoaster ride of a story.
Overall I loved this book and recommend it with all my heart. And I’m already starting on Crooked Kingdom. Can’t wait to see which adventures Leigh Bardugo will take the characters on, and how the romance will evolve. (Fingers crossed for Kaz and Inej, obviously…)
Find out more about Six of Crows and the author here: Leigh Bardugo