Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Rating: 5/5 stars
When renowned street lord, Kaz Brekker, is offered an impossible job, he assembles the most talented members from his gang to attempt the impossible. Much like the Island of Misfit Toys, most of the six members of this heist, are castaways or runaways seeking refuge under Kaz’s protective umbrella. While very few of them get along, they each have a specific skill that everybody recognizes is needed to pull off this task.
A fantastic start to this Duology! I was left excited for more through the entire novel 🙂
I don’t want to give much of the plot away because I read it not knowing much and think it was a better experience because of that. I do want to talk about the characters and quotes though! This was my first Leigh Bardugo read, and the quick banter and memorable passages sprinkled throughout this novel, made me hungry for so much more! This book had many serious and stunning quotes that stuck with me long after I had put it down for the night. For example, when declaring undying love, these characters have a flair for it:
“I have been made to protect you. Only in death will I be kept from this oath.”
or there is:
“I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”
But Bardugo also drops some hilarious interactions amongst the gang to show their antagonistic behavior as well.
“It’s not natural for women to fight.”
“It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.”
I could quote this book for days, but for now, I will leave just one more. Kaz is a really interesting and morally dubious character. But for all the uncertainty of whether I really like him or not, there were several times in the book I couldn’t help but respect him. Raised on the streets, and only 17 years old, there are several times when Kaz has to interact and confront men much older and much more experienced than himself. And each time, he is able to hold his own. This quote from the beginning of the novel, was one of the first time’s when I was reading and realized that Six of Crows was going to something pretty epic! This interaction occurs as another street lord is commenting on the lack of commitment Kaz’s benefactor has to taking over other areas of the city.
“Quit flexing, boy,” Geels said. “We all know the old man doesn’t have the stomach for a real brawl.”
Kaz’s laugh was dry as the rustle of dead leaves. “But I’m the one at you table, Geels, and I’m not here for a taste. You want a war, I’ll make sure you eat your fill.”
I can’t recommend this book enough, and can easily say it deserves all of the hype it has received.