Mini Review Monday: The Six of Crows Duology

six of crowsSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1
Published by: 
Henry Holt and Company
Pub Date: 
September 29, 2015
ARC | Source: Publisher
young adult, fantasy 
Rating: 5_star_rating_system_4_and_a_half_stars

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

HEY EVERYONE, I FINALLY READ SIX OF CROWS! And I really really liked it.

I was unsure for about the first quarter of the book; the vastly detailed worldbuilding is impressive but it often gives me a slow start in new fantasy books because I get easily overwhelmed. It didn’t help that it’s been over three years since I read the Grisha trilogy so I couldn’t even remember some of the basics. Whoops. I usually just have to keep reading and hope it seeps enough into my brain to process. I also had a hard time connecting to the characters at first.

But goodness, as the book goes on it gets more and more brilliant. And wow is it brutal. I really loved how Leigh wove in stories of each of their pasts with the current book, and how the spotlight kept shifting to different characters. The crispiest, most burnt cinnamon rolls in YA hahah. It helped me connect with them and I loved their relationships with each other, even if they didn’t always trust each other. The dialogue was fantastic. And the heist really was of Ocean’s Eleven proportions. I also feel absolutely tortured by the ships because we get SO LITTLE but it makes it so good.

Six of Crows started slow for me but was such an impressive book overall; I fell hook, line, and sinker for it. And I leave you with Kaz Brekker in a nutshell:

crooked kingdomCrooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #2
Published by: 
Henry Holt and Company
Pub Date: 
September 20, 2016
hardcover | Source: library
young adult, fantasy 
Rating: 5_star_rating_system_4_and_a_half_stars

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

This duology has truly some of the best world building, best plotting, and most complex, interesting, weirdly likable characters I’ve ever read about. I think I liked Six of Crows a teensy bit more but this was a masterclass in scheming and plotting, and seeing it all come together as things fell apart was mind boggling. There is nothing I love more than a good reveal scene in books and movies. And the friendships! And the ships!! These people shouldn’t have been friends in any sense but they were and it was real and I loved that. Crooked Kingdom gave me a lot of Feels and a few teary lumps in the back of my throat while keeping up with awesome banter and black humor. I also thought it was left in a really satisfying place but because you can imagine these characters’ lives, it would be easy to hope for another book in the future someday.


(The Dregs but imagine them younger, more diverse, and eating waffles.)

Have you read this duology yet? Who’s your favorite member of the crew?

4 thoughts on “Mini Review Monday: The Six of Crows Duology

  1. Nick says:

    YES! I totally agree about the world building and the plots in this series. It’s so clever and completely blows my mind. The friendships and the ships truly were great, though I kinda wish the ships were a bit more swoony in CK!
    Great reviews!


  2. Jessie says:

    [insert happy dance emoji here]

    I agree that the first part is rough. Bardugo really does just drop you into Ketterdam and then takes off at a run. I think I read the first few chapters twice to make sure I got who said what, who did what, etc. It’s a lot to tke in but I think it makes her worldbuilding really stand out. Like once you get it, you GET IT, yanno?

    And yep — you picked the perfect descriptors: brilliant and brutal. The world is brilliant and brutal and the characters — boy are they both brilliant and beautiful — esp Kaz <333 so damaged and so my favorite character, lol. AND YES THE SHIPS ARE SO PAINFUL and awful and beautiful and DAMNIT JUST KIIIISSSSS.

    This is definitely a captial-f Feels kinda series. Book two brought the hammer down and I think I am still emotionally recovering. I also loved the finality with open-ended possibilities. This story arc may be over but there's still room in the world for more.

    Great review! I am so glad you ended up a fan of these 🙂

    and if you loved the Oceans Eleven element as much as I did… read the Lies of Locke Lamora! I know it's big but TRUST ME.

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    • Morgan @ The Bookish Beagle says:

      Don’t you love how I’m replying to your comments all at once hahahha.

      This comment is my favorite, I’m glad we agree so much on these books! And I’m super glad I finally read them and loved them. I hope we get to explore more with this characters again someday. Ahh I need to try Locke Lamora again, my friend Nolan loves those books! I think I got 50 pages in and got overwhelmed. But I did like what I read!


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