“No mourners, no funerals.” – Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo
During the Summer, I read the book Six of Crows. Written by Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows is a fantasy novel set in a world much like our own. The book features a ragtag bunch of characters forced to come together for one common goal; they must all break into the high security Ice Court and release Bo Yul-Bayur. Motivated by money, relationships, and other personal ambitions, the group is led by Kaz Brekker. Having chosen close counterparts and some strangers as their team, the question looms over everyone’s heads; will they be able to free Yul-Bayur or die just attempting it?
From the first few pages to the very end, I was hooked. Six of Crows is wonderfully written, causing me to read for hours long at a time. It’s strongest trait is certainly it’s characters, all incredibly diverse. Many of the characters are racially diverse, suffer from disabilities, or take part in the LGBTQPIA+ spectrum. As well, its ratio to genders is wonderful, having ⅖ of the main characters be women. Many passages of the book are spent bringing these characters to life through flashbacks, inner thoughts, and interactions with others. All these things just caused me to become more attached to and loving of the characters. I found myself truly worried about who would make it to the end, and at what cost. However, the book does not just succeed there. With it’s energetic plot, characters risking it all for even more, readers are able to feel exactly what the author wants you to feel. Emotional key plot points such as Inej’s past, Kaz’s family story, the divide between Matthias and Nina, and even the entire dynamic of whether Bo Yul-Bayur should be freed or not are all excellent examples. Many agree that the book flows almost as an action movie, keeping your attention with tense scenes and heavy movement.
My complaints on this book are also quite minimal. If anything, I just wish that the book stood alone better. Though Leigh Bardugo had separated the novel from her other pieces of the same series, the book does leave off needing a sequel to clear up situations. Though many conflicts are solved, I found myself frustrated with the heavy introduction of even more issues. As well, the plot is…common. The plot, though wonderfully executed, can be found in numerous other books and media. Movies such as Mission Impossible or shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender come to mind just glossing over it. Luckily, Leigh pulls it through with dynamic settings and complex characters.
So overall, I give the book a solid 8.5/10. With clever writing, stunning character design, and fulfilling plot, Leigh Bardugo produced a wonderful read. If you enjoy themes relating to teamwork, or perhaps would like a fantastical outlook on serious themes, I wholeheartedly believe this is the perfect read for you.
Thank you, and good luck on your reading journey!