"Kaz leaned back. "What's the easiest way to steal a man's wallet?"
"Knife to the throat?" asked Inej.
"Gun to the back?" said Jesper.
"Poison in his cup?" suggested Nina.
"You're all horrible," said Matthias.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows
I've been less than impressed by the fantasy novels I've read recently. But these two, you guys, are excellent.
There was a lot of hype and I was prepared for disappointment. The first chapter made me put the book down and consider not picking it up again, but I'm so glad I did. I literally started "Crooked Kingdom" minutes after finishing "Six of Crows" (yes. I have a problem).
On the surface, these books are not too original. A squad of scrappy, angsty young adults living in a vaguely European magical city and trying to beat the bad guys. They are all a little too good at what they do (of course) but my favorite part was that they all felt like unique characters. Each had their own voice, their own motives, and their own personality; which is good because they share the narration of the book.
Multiple POVs can be gimmicky and hard to do right, but the distinct characters and the heist storyline of the first book made the decision feel meaningful. I love that there was a practical reason for us to jump from character to character as we watched each piece of the elaborate plan unfold.
The second book suffers slightly from a less direct storyline and uneven pacing due to lots of flashbacks. But when I say a little I mean it's a 4.5/5 still.
So if you've read it, who's your favorite character? Mine is definitely Jesper.
If you haven't read it, well, what are you waiting for? 😉
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