So I haven’t been posting here much at all, but hopefully I can get my priorities sorted out and fix that. I thought I’d start posting book review here, since this is a reading/writing blog. Here’s my most recent one!
Saints, that was amazing. I’d been meaning to get this book for a long, long time. I’m glad I read it before 2017 rolled around, and now I can’t wait to get to Crooked Kingdom. This really was a satisfying read.
I don’t know if I’d call Six of Crows a fantasy novel or a heist novel but it has elements of both. It also felt like a bit of steampunk to me which is always good because I like steampunk. It was fun and frenetic and loud, and just plain lovely and a great time.
Six of Crows follows six characters and there’s multiple main POVs, all third person limited, but they’re never confusing because all the characters are just so damn amazing. Nobody was perfect and everyone was morally grey, so there was a lot to discover and think about. There were so many secrets and twists all throughout. Kaz Brekker and his crew are charming and the group has wonderful dynamics. Their banter is great and there’s a lot of room for them to develop. Bardugo does very well with that space and there’s just — there’s so much done with these characters, they’re very interesting, diverse, and complex. I’d be hard pressed to pick a favourite because I love them all so much!
The world is the same as the Shadow and Bone (the Grisha trilogy) series, but I haven’t read that series yet so I can’t say how similar it is, I just know it’s in the same universe. Regardless, not having read the Grisha Trilogy didn’t make me enjoy this book any less, so even if you haven’t read that series you should go on ahead and read this! Trust me it’s worth it.
Like I said, the book has elements of a heist story (heck the whole plot is pretty much one big heist), which I LOVE, and there’s Grisha world elements which is a bit of fantasy. The world seems to be set in the 1800s-ish, and I think Bardugo has mentioned the time setting in a blog post or something but I am not sure. The pacing was great, but the book was a little slow for me in the beginning, the first two chapters only. It was just hard for me to get through those two chapters, but it didn’t matter much because after that I was zipping through the book so fast!
Overall I’d say this book is definitely worth the hype. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in 2016, and I’ve read A LOT contenders for that title this year. If you haven’t already, put Six of Crows on your reading list. Right now.