I finally finished reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It wasn’t a difficult novel to read but it was quite dense, it had a lot of detail, and wasn’t a book you could read in broken one-chapter-at-a-time pieces because there was a lot to keep up with.
I didn’t read the Grisha Trilogy prior to getting to this book, so I’ll be honest, the world and terminology were a little confusing at first. I wouldn’t say that reading the Grisha Trilogy is a necessity to understand and love this book but I definitely feel like it would make the universe (and the characters) a bit more clear for the reader.
Six of Crows was immensely detailed, packed with quality dialogue, outstanding characters that I fell in love with, and captivating chapters. I found myself swooning over so many different aspects of the characters which were revealed to me as I read. This is also the first time I looked at fandom art of a YA novel! The official poster of the characters and the fan art that followed were exactly as I imagined the characters in my mind! I loved the full-figured, never satisfied character of Nina. I loved the mysterious, fast-fingered Kaz. I loved, loved, loved all things about the Wraith, Inje. I could go on – that being said, this is a book with a WHOLE LOT of characters. If you don’t like books with a lot of storylines and a lot of perspectives, this book won’t be for you. Those kinds of books are not usually up my alley, but this one was different.
What I liked about this book, in particular, is the flawlessness of the author to link all these characters and stories together. They all exist individually but all work together SO beautifully. No character feels like an “outcast” in this crew. No perspective seems out of place or unnecessary to the story.
But that’s not to say that I wasn’t overwhelmed at times. I was. There were some chapters where I felt I had to re-read previous chapters in order to refresh my mind on terminology or secondary or tertiary characters. That may have been because I didn’t read the Grisha Trilogy, but these books are advertised as being separate reads from the GT so that shouldn’t have been a requirement to my understanding of the books.
There were definitely parts throughout the book where I wanted to know more, I wanted to read on, I was on the edge of my seat. But then there were also parts in the book where I just wanted to get the book over with so I could move on to the next book in my TBR pile. But let me make this clear: I LOVED the book.
Pros: amazing characters, amazing universe, amazing dialogue, fantastic plot
Cons: I was eager to end it and not overly-excited about continuing onto the next book