Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows synopsis from Goodreads
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
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: 4.5 stars
Well, folks, I’ve finally done it. I’ve read and now am reviewing Six of Crows. And, I’m happy to announce that I loved it.
The plot was so good. I love heists, so the fact that this was a high-stakes, near-impossible heist was 100% for me. The plan was so interesting and complex, and the plans within the plan were great. It was such a wild ride, and I loved it.
The characters are also so so so good. I genuinely love all of them and cannot pick a favourite. I also loved getting all of their backstories. I know this is a downside for some people in that they only cared about the heist, not the characters. But I loved it. I loved that we got to learn about each character, where they came from, and what their motivations are. They also all had such interesting backstories. Adding these backstories and making the characters so well-rounded and fleshed out really enhanced this book and made it feel more real.
Speaking of the characters, I loved all of their relationships, both romantic and platonic. I loved the friendship between Inej and Nina. I was bracing for them to hate each other for no reason, and luckily, that didn’t happen! They have the best, purest friendship and I love it. All the budding romances are great, and I’m excited to read more about them.
My biggest complaint is that these characters are not teenagers. They act as if they’re at least 25, which is not to say that teenagers can’t be mature. But there is a difference between a mature teenager and a literal adult, and these characters felt more like adults than mature teenagers. I also have a hard time taking certain things seriously when it’s coming from teenagers. Like, I fail to see how a grown man would be genuinely scared of a 17-year-old. So, I just tell myself that the characters and 25 and move on.
Crooked Kingdom: 5 stars
I loved this book even more than I loved Six of Crows. It was just such a good book. There’s so much action and drama without it being confusing. There are so many twists and turns. Things go right, and then they go wrong, and then they go right but also wrong. The plan was so complex and interesting, and I loved all of the different aspects that had to come together.
I also loved that we got more backstory for a couple of the characters, particularly Wylan and Jesper. One of my favourite things about this series is how it is very plot-heavy, but still has interesting, well-rounded characters. They were all fantastic, and I loved learning more about them. Speaking of Jesper and Wylan, I loved their relationship. It’s just so cute and sweet, and I was so happy it finally happened.
My one complaint about this book is the Thing that happens at the end. I thought it was rushed and glossed over, and I was sad the couple never got their time together. One of my biggest pet peeves is when a book or series builds up a couple, and then the audience doesn’t get any pay-off from that build up. This book felt a little like that, and I thought it was unnecessary. It could have been better if it was expanded on more, but there really wasn’t time, which I thought was a flaw.
But overall, I loved this book and this series. I completely understand the hype, and I cannot recommend both of them enough.
So there are my thoughts on Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom! Have you read this series? What were your thoughts? Which relationship is your favourite? Which book did you prefer? Let me know!