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Six of Crows - Review by Emma, Teen Blogger


Six of Crows Book CoverImagine that you live in a world where magic is a part of everyday life. Where the people who use magic are called Grisha, and they can transform objects, physical appearances, and material properties. What if their Grisha powers become amplified when they are given a drug called Jurda Parem? And what if this drug will eventually kill them?

What if a powerful merchant tells you to bring him the maker of the drug, Bo Yul-Bayur, for a reward of 30 million kruge? The only catch is that Yul-Bayur is being held prisoner in the Ice Court, capital of Fjerda--a nation of Grisha haters, and the most secure place in the world.

Would you take the job? Kaz Brekker would. But then, Kaz is a master thief, and he’ll do anything for money.

Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows follows Kaz Brekker and his team as they begin their journey. But will they all live to see the end?

Six of Crows is an action-packed fantasy written in third person multiple point-of-view (POV), meaning that the story follows more than one character and often switches between them. In the case of Six of Crows, the POV switches every chapter. I am always impressed with an author who writes this format well. As a bit of an amateur author myself, I can say that writing third person multiple POV is not easy. One thing that occurs when writing for multiple characters is favouritism on the author’s part, a tendency to focus more on one character than on the others. I have no doubts that Leigh Bardugo had a favourite character (it would be impossible not to) but all the same, she was able to write each character fairly. All the characters receive the attention they deserve along with important roles in the story.

Personally, my favourite character is Inej. She is a trusted member of Kaz’s crew and is called the ‘Wraith’ because of her abilities to spy and kill soundlessly. Her character goes so much deeper than that though; setting her hard exterior aside, you see that she is just a girl, scared and vulnerable in the same ways as everyone else.

Crooked Kingdom Book CoverThere will be a sequel to Six of Crows, called Crooked Kingdom, and it is coming out in September of this year. However, this is too long a wait for fans of the series!

Six of Crows reminded me of Holly Black’s Curse Worker novels, but it reminded me even more of the anime and manga series Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa. If you liked either of these, you should read Six of Crows, and even if you haven’t heard of either, Six of Crows is still worth a try! It can be found at most branches of Halifax Public Libraries, or on my bookshelf!

Teen Blogger,

Emma 

[Editor's Note: This is a twin book review, meaning that two bloggers reviewed the same book. To see Becca's take on Six of Crows, click here.]                                                                   

 

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