Star rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
At the beginning of October I placed a book-buying ban on myself. It went well. Until I broke it on the 5th day by buying Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.
But I had to get them because I saw so many great reviews about them both!
And I also saw spoilers. Fucktardians!
So yes, I bought them for those two reasons, and I don’t regret severing my ban. Rebel or what?! I should be in the Dregs gang!
Ok, maybe not.
Having read the Grisha trilogy earlier this year was also a Djel-send (see what I did there?) because I knew exactly what the three Grisha types were, and I knew I could easily follow this duology without furrowing my eyebrows at words like ‘Grisha’ and ‘Heartrender’ etc. And after I had finished Six of Crows, I quickly read a review on Goodreads where a reviewer hadn’t a clue what Corporalki, Etherealki or Materialki were, as they, admittedly, didn’t read the Grisha trilogy, and they gave Six of Crows a one star because some of the words were alien to them… 🙃 ok.
So if you haven’t read the Grisha trilogy, I strongly suggest reading them before reading these. It would make it a lot easier to understand, and you wouldn’t have to needlessly give Six of Crows a one star because you didn’t know what a Fabrikator was.
Don’t be that kind of bint.
And seeing the map of Ravka, Fjerdan and The Unsea brought back happy memories, and of course, eeeping way too much because MAPS! We got two maps! WHAAAAT?!
Having started reading the book the day I got it I was hooked, but I had a suspicious trepidation that, given the amount of pages within this book, it was going to stall and forcibly drag on. Needless to say, it didn’t.
One of the things I loved most about the fluidity of it was the characters backgrounds. Bardugo was teasingly adding snippets here and there, and only concluding certain characters history at a pulse-racing point in the story! Each of the Dregs were superior in their own way, and I loved every single one of them. At the very start of the book my favourite was Inej, but towards the end of the book, that changed to Matthias. His development and his maturity, his struggles with loyalty and disloyalty made him believable and empathetic.
I gave it a four star rating on Goodreads, as there were a couple of things that prevented my giving it a full five star. The first problem I had, and still had trouble accepting towards the end, was their ages. I found it difficult to believe that six teenagers, ranging between fifteen and eighteen, could pull off this incredibly challenging heist. I personally felt that they needed to be older, as there was a lot of responsibility and mature decision-making agendas that older adults could just about fathom. Having said that, if you’ve not read the book yet, please don’t let that put you off. Plenty of dire circumstances have happened with each character’s past that make you reconsider their maturity, and that they are able to handle life at an earlier start.
The other problem I had was the puzzling relationship between two characters. It was incredibly vague, and hardly convincing of their sexualities. I felt like there needed to be more to prove that this was viable. Instead it was just snippets of ambiguous sentences. In my opinion it needed more clarity. But maybe that will emerge and come to light in Crooked Kingdom.
In conclusion, Six of Crows was awesome for its diversity. It wasn’t typically just a bunch of straight white people. It was nice to read PoC too, whom of which had amazing and magnetising personalities. They all did!
I can’t wait to start reading Crooked Kingdom. Which will be now, because OMG!
Why you should read it: This book is a lovely balance of diversity, and if it’s what you’re after, or want to read more of, then this is a must read. It’s also intense, it has a clever plot, and has some amazing character background history.
You shouldn’t read it if: you can’t handle a slow plot. Geographically speaking this story doesn’t involve a long journey. However, the process of their mission is, and if a long, drawn-out story is something that you’re not interested in then I wouldn’t suggest this book.