Leigh Bardugo is a villain. I will shortly explain why. If you are just now joining me on my little one-woman journey reading Grishaverse, welcome! So, a week ago I decided to read all of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse books. My goal was, and still is, to get back into reading YA fantasy. I believe I have chosen the right writer to start with.
I started by reading the Shadow and Bone trilogy and you can read my opinions on all three books Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising.
And now, here we are again. I finished Six of Crows. Wow. I couldn’t have anticipated I would like this book so much. I mean, yes, everyone warned me that it was even better than Shadow and Bone trilogy, but still… Now, I wouldn’t say I liked it more. I love them all equally.
WARNING: if you haven’t read this book by now, I’m (not) sorry to inform you that there will be spoilers.
Let’s start with a brief summary of the book. So, we have Kaz who is an iconic thief/mobster, also my future husband. Then we have Inej, his ninja spy, also my future wife. Do I need to list all of my future partners or is this enough for you to see that there are a few? Well… at least six. Okay, back to business. This gang of six is employed to steal someone very valuable from the most impenetrable city in the world, the Fjerdan capital, the Ice Court. This is an impossible mission, however, Kaz being the competent dumbass he is, agrees to do it.
“Six people, but a thousand ways this insane plan could go wrong.”
On their way to Fjerda, the six strategize and try to polish their plan until it is immaculate. But we all know that these things never go as planned. Through many twists they always manage to get out of trouble.
“No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.”
The only one who can’t get out of trouble is me, apparently. Leigh Bardugo has done it again. The enchantress has made me fall in love again. Ugh… this is why she is a villain. Can she let me live without heartache?
“A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse.”
I am amazed by how well she writes her characters. They all have complex backstories, emotions, drives and worldviews. I love it. Then, after she creates all these interesting characters, she throws them in a pot and their relationships start evolving. I could read about how their friendships grow for days.
The plot is also amazingly done, as well as the world-building. I liked the little mentions of my beloved characters from Shadow and Bone. It all feels very compact, very interlocked. To explain better, this story doesn’t feel separate from the world the Shadow and Bone took place.
The cliffhanger at the end left me thirsty. I can’t wait to get into the next book, Crooked Kingdom. I’m very excited, but at the same time, I’m afraid. I don’t want this journey to end.
I’ll leave you with a quote…
“I’m going to get my money, Kaz vowed. And I’m going to get my girl.”