If you hang out on bookstagram, chances are that you have seen Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo all over it. That’s where I first encountered all the love and praise for this YA book that’s part of a duology. So I ordered both Six of Crows and it’s sequel Crooked Kingdom and placed them on my shelf, waiting for a day when I would have time to read them. But when I finally picked up Six of Crows, I just couldn’t get into it. I tried for a few chapters and then abandoned it for another book.
But I was determined to return and give it another go as it has so much fan love. So recently I picked it up again and I stuck with it. Then suddenly I was hooked on the story and could see what all the fuss was about. Six of Crows is about a group of criminals, each with a specific set of skills, who are brought together by a teen mastermind named Kaz Brekker for a job that involves breaking a scientist out of an impenetrable stronghold called the Ice Court. If they succeed their reward will be huge but it’s a suicidal mission full of dangers and there’s a lot of discord between the members of this criminal crew.
Once you get into this book it’s a lot of fun. It has elements of Oceans 11 (although there’s only six in the crew), Prison Break and a bit of Charles Dickens (as they are all teens with issues with the law). Some of them even have mystical powers that have led them to be persecuted. I think what scared me away at first was that as a reader I landed in a fantasy land where I didn’t understand the set up. There were references to different groups with magical powers, some war that had been fought and places I didn’t know. I didn’t really understand what was going on until I read further.
There’s a trilogy set in the same world that comes before this book and even though you can read Six of Crows as a standalone book, I think I probably needed to read the other three books first to fully understand the world it existed in.
It was also so good to read a book where the main character (Kaz) has a disability (he walks with a cane and has an injury to his leg). It was interesting to find out that Leigh Bardugo based this on her own issues with disability. Kaz was such an awesome character for so many reasons and this was but one of them. As someone with a type of inflammatory arthritis that affects my spine and joints, it was great to see a character who is not defined by his chronic condition. It’s just something he deals with and he makes it work for him. But obviously it’s something he can’t escape from.
I’m glad I gave this book another chance. I still have to read its sequel Crooked Kingdom. Usually I rush to read the sequel of a book I enjoyed but again I am having the issue of not being able to get into it. Once I’m in the right reading mood, I will try again.
Verdict: Overall this was a great read which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Is there a book that you struggled to get into but gave a second chance and ended up enjoying?