The Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

Title: The Six of Crows Duology: Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 paws

**Spoiler Free**

Synopsis: 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. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Here are my reviews for both installments in the Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo, a classic in the YA fantasy world!

Six of Crows

I loved this so much!! The characters are great, the setting is great, the action and moments of suspense are great *cue Everything is Awesome* from the LEGO movie.

This was a super quick and fast-paced read for me and I just loved everything about it so much. The whole group of criminals banding together for a common goal was an awesome premise and it really made me want to read more books involving the the band of misfits concept. The world-building in this book was also incredible, Ketterdam is a made up city but it was described so well that it feels completely real.

I absolutely love Kaz Brekker and totally understand everyone’s obsession with him. He can get himself out of literally any situation and he may just be the smartest, most intuitive and manipulative character I’ve ever come across in a book. But I also really love Jesper!! He’s so snarky and funny and he really brought some great comic relief to the story line. I think that every single one of the six members in the group shined in their own ways and Leigh Bardugo just wrote them all so perfectly.

The romance aspect is really interesting, it’s like super slow burn for the main characters so it’s actually the supporting characters the supply the romance which was a nice change. There was a perfect amount of action with the romance sprinkled in and I definitely appreciated that aspect.

This was easily one of my favorite reads of the year and I can’t wait to read Crooked Kingdom!!

Crooked Kingdom

As if you haven’t read enough rave reviews of this book, here’s another one for you!

I have to start off by saying that I absolutely adored this novel, this duology and the world of the Grishaverse. I think it’s amazing how Leigh Bardugo can create such an atmospheric books while still including an intricate plot with so many little twists and turns that keep you on your feet. I found myself so immersed in the city of Ketterdam. I’m so impressed with the setting and the world building is honestly just spectacular. I felt that aspect come through more so in this second book especially as so much more of the story actually takes place there.

I loved the multiple points of view and getting inside everyone’s heads. Seeing how each of them thinks and processes differently was so interesting to me. Leigh Bardugo did a great job of picking what situations should be from each point of view. Each character brings so much to the novel and I love that their all so beautifully broken in their own way. Leigh writes the morally grey character in such a perfect way that you can’t help but root for each of them despite their decisions. Each of the six anti-heroes have been wronged in the past and those wrongs have brought them all together to fight for their lives in the only way possible. They do some awful things but, as the reader, you really question if they are justified because people have also done awful things to them. I loved getting to know the characters more in this book, especially Wylan. I felt much more of a connection to him and more empathetic as his past was revealed.

I simply cannot conclude this review without mentioning that the Kaz and Nikolai interaction was just everything I could ever want. I felt nothing but pride reading about my two boys plotting along together.

The end of this book hit me so hard, I had all the feels, and I miss reading this already.

Let me know in the comments below whether you’ve read either of these books and which one was your favorite!

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