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.
♦ 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.