Incoming, unpopular opinion alert….
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker 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.
Do you ever feel like you read a completely different book to everyone else? Six of Crows is widely loved but, I just didn’t get it. The plot and pace were slow, and there was no real character development. With about 150 pages to go, I was really struggling to finish the book; and this should, in my opinion, have been the part that had me most gripped because the heist was taking place. But the problem, for me, was there was no real tension, no nail-biting moments. It seemed every obstacle the gang faced was too easily overcome, every enemy too easily defeated. Six of Crows is highly character-driven but, too much at the expense of the plot. And, bar Kaz and Inej, I didn’t like any of the characters, so that made it even more of a struggle. I did like Kaz, as a main protagonist, he had this whole antihero vibe about him. And I like the mysterious aura he created for himself, this feared persona.
As for the Grisha universe itself, yes, I liked the world, because I enjoyed the dark underworld Kaz and his crew lived in but, the magic of the Grishas and the different abilities didn’t grip me. It just lacked the magic, the element of wonder, that I so loved about the Maji clans in Children on Blood and Bone, for example.
One of the things I really did like about this book was the understated romance – understated in the way it was written, that is, it was obvious to everyone else except the two people it was between. The romance element in previous YA fantasy has bugged me because, I don’t want to read about her staring at his chiselled body and dreamy eyes, but in Six of Crows, it was subtle, this made it more impactful and didn’t have me rolling my eyes – it had me wanting the romance to happen! Saying that, there was a more obvious romance, a ‘love/hate thing’, happening with two of the other characters, so I got my eye-rolls in there.
I enjoyed Wonder Woman: Warbringer, also written by Bardugo, so I will read more of her books, as long as they aren’t set in the Grisha universe because, nothing in this book wowed me. I love the feeling of awe these YA fantasy novels bring, in their world-building and their magic, but that was missing for me in this one. I enjoy Bardugo’s writing, this plot just didn’t hold my attention; I am glad I read it though as it’s been a highly anticipated read of mine for ages, it’s just a shame it didn’t live up to the hype for me.