So I finally decided to plunge into this bad boy and what a delight it was indeed and what wonderful bad boys! ‘Six of Crows’ by Leigh Bardugo was pure criminal indulgence. It was also set in the Grishaverse and that just made it so much more decadent.
‘Six of Crows’ tells the story of a group who take on the impossible. They are tasked with invading an extremely well guarded prison, finding the most wanted chemist being held there and then break him and themselves out all for a hell of a lot of money. The team of six all have their own talents and specialities (which you can imagine comes in handy) and this makes their personalities all vastly different too (which you can imagine is very entertaining).
There wasn’t really a character I disliked which I found kind of strange. Don’t get me wrong, there were villains a plenty in this book but when the main characters are criminals/outcasts themselves I think it throws the moral compass of the reader off a little. I would liken this crew a bit to Suicide Squad, individually they are all ugly characters but together they create a team that you wish to be a part of. Perhaps that’s just me.
Kaz Brekker. What can I say, I loved him a little. I liked his unflinching honesty, his creativity when it came to his plans and his drive. I like that he created Dirtyhands, a sort of protection against Pekka Rollins. I also find him incredibly ironic; he gets duped as a kid by Pekka Rollins and thus wants vengeance but then he turns into someone who dupes other people for a living. I wonder if he’s ever thought about how his actions affect others less clued up on the danger/business like he was when younger. I think that this is a character flaw, perhaps it gets addressed in the sequel.
The other team members don’t have such irony surrounding them which makes them seem less like criminals and more like people you could associate with. Maybe that distinction between Kaz and the others is deliberate. The character development was really realistic. Considering the adventure and near death experiences they have, it is entirely believable that they would be different people/have different views/thoughts at the end of the book compared to the beginning.
I think this book could transfer to film very easily. There was enough building of back stories as well as development of present time that it could withstand the transition. There were plenty of times where Kaz left the reader out of some aspects of the plan which could enable a good connection with the audience of a film. I mean, I loved those moments and couldn’t wait for the next, anticipating it just like Jesper. It was almost as if Kaz didn’t trust ME either.
Ultimately it was beautiful writing and the story was very well thought out. Bardugo can pat her back for this, it was a lavish escape from my life which I would return to in a heartbeat.
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