4 Reasons You Should Read The Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

Posted February 2, 2017 by Bee in Reviews / 24 Comments

When I first read Six of Crows, so many people had already reviewed it, I felt like mine wouldn’t add much. Because I’d just be repeating what everyone else had already said. So I decided to wait until Crooked Kingdom was released, then review both of them together. And I planned on doing that. But then I read Crooked Kingdom. And I realised a review would never do these books justice. So instead I’m going to share 4 reasons why you should read this duology. I could list a hundred, but really, 4 is enough.

4 Reasons You Should Read The Six of Crows Duology

♦ The Writing

Leigh Bardugo’s writing has always been amazing. Right from the start. And while the Grisha trilogy was written brilliantly… somehow she got even better this time around. Both Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom have writing so good it should be envied and admired by all. And it probably is. Leigh is still one of my favorite fantasy authors and she always will be. The way she built the world, somehow making it the same as the world we knew in the Grisha trilogy, but also very distinct and unique at the same time, is brilliant. Everything is, really. From the narrative to the different POV’s to the delicious banter between the characters. Everything is just fantastic and it’s writing so good I want to eat it with a spoon.

Long story short… I want to be able to write like this. Very much so.

♦ The Story

How do I even start with this? The story is a masterpiece. Both the stories from each book individually and the overall story. The details in it, the feels, the epic finale, the heists and cons,… All of it was so SO good and it was never ever boring. Crooking Kingdom is over 500 pages long but it never felt slow and it never dragged on. The pacing was perfect and the stakes were high and everything was evenly balanced between sad and happy, peace and action, calm and tense,… THE TWISTS. Oh my god the twists. AND THE FEELS. They destroyed my poor sensitive heart.

And while the story is perfect the way it is, I still want more. I want more of this world. More heists and cons. I want to stay in Ketterdam for a while longer. But it’s over for now. And I will miss it dearly.

Story-telling like this is something everyone should strive for if they call themselves a writer.

♦ The Characters

While the story and the writing are brilliant in every way… what makes these books shine is the characters. All of them, but mainly our main six. Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Wylan and Jesper. All of them. I love them SO much. They’re SO amazingly well-developed and they grow throughout the book but it’s never unrealistic, but they’re so real and amazing that it hurts that they’re fiction. Their pasts are so well thought out and all given equal time to unfold. Kaz is an evil genius in every way and he’s villainous and can be cruel but he’s also so precious and vulnerable at the same time. Inej is a badass who, admittedly, I didn’t like much in the first book. But I warmed up to her more in the second book. Nina is the best of ever. She’s so fun and sassy and sensual and she LOVES food and I love her. Mathias was the one that I had my doubts about in the beginning, but halfway through the first book I loved him. He is so stubborn and strong and grumpy and just adorable really. Wylan is precious and adorable and smart and I feel like I want to protect him at all costs. And Jesper is honestly my favorite of the group. He is a sharpshooter that loves gambling a bit too much and he’s funny and awesome.

The banter and chemistry between these six is golden. Even over a hundred pages of them hanging out and talking would still be the most entertaining thing ever. Seriously.

Squad goals.

♦ The Ships

Because we have to talk about the ships. We live for the ships. I loved all of the ships and I shipped them so hard it’s insane. They all sailed and I loved that and of course my favorite ship is Wylan/Jesper. WHO IS SURPRISED HONESTLY??? I can’t talk much about this though without spoiling so I’ll just say that all of the romances were handled perfectly and I adore them.

I could wail about these books for a long time but this should be enough to convince you. RIGHT? If not… honestly what are you doing with your life? Go read these books and come tell me you were wrong for doubting me. Now I’m gonna go sit in a corner and cry because this series is over.


About Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of Six of Crows (awarded starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, SLJ, and the BCCB) and the Grisha Trilogy: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.

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24 responses to “4 Reasons You Should Read The Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

  1. I just love your enthusiasm for this series. I’ve read this series but I also love reading reviews from people who read it and loved it too. Can I just add that I LOVED seeing a character from the Shadow and Bone trilogy. That moment made my entire freaking day.

  2. Liza

    Could not agree more Bee, but you already know that. The twisty, complicated, surprising plot and the AMAZING characters, I loved them all, even if it broke all my feels 🙂

  3. I looooved Six of Crows, but have been too scared to pick up Crooked Kingdom. But I plan to re-read and read that one too this month. I completely agree about all those elements being really strong, especially the characters and the ship!!
    Bardugo is my queen really! 😉
    Great review!

  4. OMG these books are, like, among my favorites of all time. Bardugo BLEW ME AWAY, and I already had a healthy appreciation for her writing after the Grisha Trilogy. I <3 Inej & Kaz — they're far and away my favorite characters in the books, but ALL of them were so amazingly portrayed. And everything felt so realistic, like we were really there! AMAZING! 😀 I shared some similar thoughts to your in my own review of the duology 🙂

  5. These books both sound so amazing. I’ve never read anything by Leigh Bardugo but I’ve been recommended books time and time again. So many people love these books and I think that kind of worried me because I’m always wary about reading super hyped books. I think I’m worrying over nothing with this one though, so many people love it, it must be amazing! Fantastic post!


    NO ONE is surprised that Jesper/Wylan are your preferred ship, btw. That’s who’s surprised. NO ONE. 😀 <3

  7. Amy

    I did the same thing – well, I’m not a blogger, but sometimes when the buzz around a book is too big I put it off. I think I’m afraid I won’t like it – and after all my TBR is always overflowing. But I just finished Crooked Kingdom yesterday and YES. YES to everything you said. Oh my word, to be able to write like Leigh Bardugo. The twists!!! I am already planning to find used copies and mark it up so I can understand more about how she worked this magic.

    Also – I didn’t like the Grisha trilogy. I really wanted to love it but I’ve read the first book twice and I still was not wowed. But this duology was just EVERYTHING.

  8. I loved Six of Crows! The characters, the plot line, the world building – just everything there is to love about a book, I loved in this one. I still need to read Crooked Kingdoms though. I ordered it online so I’m waiting for it to arrive but I have to say, I’m in no rush to read it because it makes me sad to think that I’ll never read about these characters again. I’ve heard Leigh Bardugo ends it well though so maybe I’ll read it as soon as it arrives :p

    Nihaad | Read & Seek

  9. I really need to read these books! They’ve been on my TBR for so long – however if i wasn’t already dying to read them, you definitely would have convinced me! Neve post!

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