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Six of Crows – Book of the Month

I am so clearly in love with this book its not even funny, so much so I’ve started making fan art for it.

I’d loved sharing my books with you in my Top 5 YA Fantasy books post, so I thought I’d start sharing my current reading books every month. Depending on how life is shitting all over my plans, I try reading at least one book a month. This month I’ve been obsessing over the Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo. You can grab yourself a copy here.

Six of Crows follows Kaz Brekker, a criminal mastermind, leading a group of gang members from the Dregs on a heist. The heist? To breakout a Bo Yul-Bayur from a unbreakable prison. Bo Yul-Bayur has been developing a drug called Jurda- parem, which causes Grisha abilities to go crazy powerful, and the Ketterdam Merchants want it for themselves.

The Six of Crow series is a duology, a nice break from the usual trilogy that seem to appear with every new book series. The first book is Six of Crows, with the sequel being Crooked Kingdom. Six of Crows is spin-off style YA book series based in the same world as Leigh Bardugo’s other series Shadow & Bone. So get ready to enter the Grishaverse headfirst…

 

My thoughts on Six of Crows

Originally this book took me a while to get into it, the first couple of chapters kept referencing things I didn’t understand because I hadn’t read the original Grisha novels. I didn’t even know what a Grisha was – for noobs sake, a Grisha is a magic-wielder. It didn’t reference them heavily but being someone who likes to read things from the very start, I was getting a bit disheartened I hadn’t read them. I hate feeling like I’m missing out. But, after I got over myself, and just accepted that I might not understand every reference, I really really enjoyed reading this series of books.

I fell in love with Leigh’s character design and character back stories. I totally loved reading about Kaz and Inej more than I thought I would, the characters are thoughtfully built and unique, working brilliantly off each other, with their own faults and dreams. Kaz brings out a interesting Sherlock Holmes style edge, only less arrogant and more believable.

Even though the plot of this series is excellent, I found myself more and more interested in the characters than the actual story plot. I wanted to hear more and more of Jesper’s feelings and Kaz’s internal struggle. So beautifully constructed and indepth that two books just isn’t enough of the characters.

Finishing this series gave me a total book hangover, that empty feeling after realising you’ll never hear from those characters again.

BRB just going to totally order the other Grisha series on Amazon.

Also the fan art I mentioned? Yeah, you can grab yourself a Dregs inspired sticker in my etsy shop now.

No Mourners, No Funerals

Thanks for reading,

Steph x

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