Review: ‘Six of Crows’ by Leigh Bardugo

I received this book for free from borrowed from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Six of Crows’ by Leigh BardugoSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Published by Henry Holt and Company (BYR) on September 29th, 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Young Adult
Pages: 480
Format: ARC
Source: borrowed from the library
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

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I’m pretty sure most people would probably end up DNFing this because it tends to be pretty drawn out and boring in the first half of the book. It’s set up that way so we can get to know all the characters. Leigh does this very well and once the plot starts moving in the middle, you can see how intricate the story leads. I suggest you keep trucking along because the story you think will happen keeps getting twisted.


So many revelations, so much back-story for each character, and the Grisha universe expands ten-fold. I liked reading from all these criminals point of views, it’s not every day you get to. There’s also several romances so I’m sure everyone will have a couple to root for. I have one couple that I’m supporting for sure 🙂


Jesper and his arrogant funny quips. Inej and her strong-will and secretive nature. Kaz and his brain which is always whirring. Nina and her witty remarks. Helvar and his attitude. Wylan and his wealthy upbringing ways. I pretty much loved the diverse cast. They’re all well-thought of and their dialogue really suits each of their personalities. It was like I could watch a movie and know exactly how they would look like and how their expressions would mirror what they were saying. Being all brought together for a single purpose was pretty genius. This plan that gets them breaking into the most secure prison was highly rewarding and risky but I pretty much gobbled it up after the slow start ended.


For fans who love a different take on the hero and villain role, you’ll certainly love the expanded Grisha universe with a whole cast of characters. I’m definitely on for another Grisha adventure.



Shame holds more value than coin ever can. (29)
Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favourite flower, your favourite song, your favourite sweet. And even if he too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart. (136)
If you aren’t born with every advantage, you learn to take your chances. (194)

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  1. Dana

    August 12, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Great review! I can’t wait to read this one in time for Crooked Kingdom!

    • giselle

      August 13, 2016 at 9:02 AM

      Yes do it! It’s so good!!

  2. Jaime Lester

    September 30, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    I was not a huge fan of the Grisha trilogy, but I have been so excited for this one. I have seen several reviews that would definitely turn some people off, but this one is One that I just kind of have to read. I really hope I love it, and I can go back and reread Grisha series and love it, too
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  3. Jodie @ Words Read & Written

    September 22, 2015 at 12:55 AM

    Vaguely intrigued by this one. I don’t have a lot of tolerance for slow moving books though…
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    • giselle

      September 29, 2015 at 12:05 AM

      Aww but it gets so much better in the middle!

  4. Tracy (@Cornerfolds)

    September 21, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Oh man. I have a definite tendency to get bored quickly when the beginning of a book drags. I’ll try really hard not to DNF this one and keep in mind that it really does get better! I have it in my Amazon cart to pre-order, but I haven’t taken the plunge yet! I’m glad you enjoyed it! 😀
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    • giselle

      September 29, 2015 at 12:06 AM

      Aww I hope you try it anyway. She sets up the story nicely in the first half but yes nothing really happens until the middle

  5. Natalie

    September 21, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    I’m really looking forward to this one!! Glad to know it’s a bit slow at first, I’ll definitely keep trucking through though! I loved her other series!

    • giselle

      September 29, 2015 at 12:06 AM

      You’re welcome! I love her writing. Me too one of my faves!

  6. Sophia Rose

    September 21, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Well you have me convinced that this is a ‘can’t miss’. Good to know that it develops slowly.

    • giselle

      September 29, 2015 at 12:07 AM

      Yay!! My job here is done 😛

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