Fantasy, LGBTQIA+, Young Adult

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo | Review | Booksmagick

What’s it about?

Kaz Brekker is the probably the youngest thug in all of Ketterdam, and certainly the most cunning and ruthless. When he is offered thirty million kruge to retrieve a valuable prisoner from the most secure prison in the world – the Ice Court – Kaz and his crew of misfits and criminals venture forth on the biggest heist in history.

What I think about it

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I admit, I didn’t want to read this book for a very, very long time. I was dead-set on it being classy YA romantasy with bland main characters and a boring plot. Boi, was I wrong! Six of Crows – and its sequel Crooked Kingdom – have easily kicked off this year’s highlight and ruthlessly taken the throne. There are books that are good and then there are books that you are invested in and that utterly destroy you. Take a guess which category SoC and CR belong to.

At the beginning the story is set in Ketterdam, a dark, fantasy version of Amsterdam. For those of you who know the video game Dishonord, Ketterdam is basically Dunwall (guess who’s been playing Dishonored for the last few days while nursing my book hangover?) We have the regular city and the Barrel – that’s where the gangs reign. Gambling dens, brothels, thugs, gangs, thieves and much worse.

I love the characters! I won’t go into detail because otherwise I’d just keep on rambling about my tiny murder children. But real quick; there is a lot of diversity with the characters which I love! Jesper is black, Inej strikes me as Arabic? Nina Zenik is a chubby girl who is never made fun of because of her weight and it is never made an issue. She’s as tough and badass as the rest of them.

Kaz replied with a time-saving gesture that relied heavily on his middle finger and disappeared belowdecks.

There’s queer characters and Kaz has a bad limp and uses a cane most of the time. Almost everyone has a tragic backstory but I admire Inej for her strength. After what she had to endure? I would die for Inej, she is precious and needs to be protected at all costs. She and Kaz are definitely my favourite characters. All of them feel like real people, they’re fleshed out with their flaws and questions and ambitions. Also the dynamic between the characters was gold. So much snark, banter and sarcasm but acutally there is real friendship as well – sometimes even more than that.

I’m dead

The only thing I didn’t like or rather, didn’t find realistic was the fact that all of them are like 16. I never pictured them as teens, their age doesn’t match their personalities and hardships that they’ve endured. Make them 25 and I’m happy.

Six of Crows is basically a heist. Kaz and his crew are hired to break into the Ice Court – an impregnable prison in the far north of the continent. They’d be the only ones crazy enough to try it. I love the plotting, the scheming and the way Kaz’ plans fall apart around them and he is forced to improvise or fall back on plan M or something. But despite all that I would never want to find myself on the wrong side of Kaz Brekker.

As I’m probably not going to write a review for Crooked Kingdom, let me just say two things: the sequel was almost even better than Six of Crows. There’s more scheming, a grand finale and plot twists left and right. Tears on my part and denial. It was a good read, I haven’t been the same since finishing this book …


Best duology of 2019! Absolute fave! Love the characters, there is a lot of diversity and everyone feels like a real person. The plot is solid and has drawn me in from page one. I couldn’t stop reading and was scared to finish Crooked Kingdom. Has action, some love, good ships, jaw-dropping plot twists and a superb writing style. Ignore the fact that they’re all kids basically and just dive into the story.


  • Author: Leigh Bardugo
  • Pages: 465
  • Publisher: Square Fish (US Macmillan
  • Release Date: February 6, 2018
  • ISBN: 978-1-250-07696-0

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