Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
So I have conflicting feelings about this book. I loved the writing. The characters are so well developed with all their qualities and flaws, their backstories, their secrets, their loves. The world developing is pretty amazing too and there are some great surprises along the way (which in my book is always a good thing).
There were a couple things that bothered me. The ending was one of them. I know this is a duology so I’m not going to dwell on it. I know there will be a resolution for it in the next book.
The first chapter really bugged me. I get it that the author is setting up the stage for us to understand what the drug did to the Grisha but when pretty much all of those characters disappear, never to be mentioned again, I had to question the need for that chapter. I felt cheated because I thought the young guard, Joost and the Grisha girl he liked would be the MCs and when they vanish from the story and a whole new group of characters is introduced I felt a little confused.
I also felt at times that Kaz was way too smart, too cunning, always guessing the possibility of things happening when things were really impossible to predict. His character is great–his reason for the gloves blew my mind–but it did feel a bit too unrealistic at times (and yes, I’m aware this is a fantasy).
Another thing that bugged me was the sheer number of voice actors involved in the audiobook. To hear so many different voice interpretations for one character was just weird.
But all in all it was a great read and I will be definitely reading the next book in the duology. Great escapism.