Better late than never, Ashley and I finally found the time to have a chat about our Book Club book for August: Six of Crows…
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.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo returns to the breathtaking world of the Grishaverse in this unforgettable tale about the opportunity–and the adventure–of a lifetime.
Overall, we both loved it. Neither of us had read anything by Leigh Bardugo before, and we’re definitely hooked now! We fell in love with Kaz, and we thought it was a fantastic, action-packed plot. We felt it was very well-written, and we loved Leigh Bardugo’s narration style.
Here’s how the conversation went:
Mim: Did you like it?
Ashley: I did like it. I just bought the second book! Although, it took its time getting interesting in my opinion. Like, a third of the way through is when I was finally drawn into the book because it started giving some depth and background to the characters.
Mim: I was in from the start. But I’m not much of a one for character-driven fantasy. I like character-driven history books, but in fantasy, while I need some depth to the characters… I’m more about the action. And this had loads of action.
Ashley: I just need to know a little bit about a character’s backstory to feel connected to them. Not a lot, but I do need something.
The ending bugged me as obviously I had to buy the second book to find out what happens! And it seemed predictable in places. The double crosses were sometimes pretty obvious to me.
I loved the real story behind Kaz and his gloves though. I appreciated the way that was developed in the story, and I feel like it made the character more relatable.
Mim: I’m slightly in love with Kaz because of his whole backstory. It’s a dark romance, for sure!
I agree with you that some of the twists were a bit predictable, but the ending surprised me. And I thought there was a lot of grit to it. I do like some grit and realism… It was actually quite sad in parts, and I found myself getting very attached to the characters.
Ashley: I agree about the grit. The prison scenes and the violence was great for character development. You really felt their hopelessness and pain, it was very empathetic.
The omniscient third person narration was an interesting choice. I mean, it was good in some ways to switch between the characters, it drove the plot, but it might have been better if they had a different style or voice so we got more of a sense of their personalities.
Mim: I actually feel like, the way Leigh Bardugo used the narrator, the continuity was preserved.
And the writing style was effortless, very polished. Leigh Bardugo has such a wonderfully distinct voice and style.
Ashley: It was, and it was smooth to read even with so many different characters. It was easy to follow. All of the characters had a unique personality and they were all interesting in their own right.
And the plot was decent.
Mim: it was definitely a great story.
Ashley: You should buy the second one, I’m about 150 pages in and it’s great so far.
Our Rating: 4/5
We haven’t chosen our next read for Book Club yet, but I’m going to create a separate page for it. In case anyone is interested, I will let you know when it’s up and we know what we’re reading next!