Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo
Do you love books with well-woven plots? With armloads of meandering strings that twist and turn and suddenly all come together into one brilliant heist? Then you’ll love this one!
For me, the best books always start with great characters, and Six of Crows features some of my favorites. Their back stories are spaced out, presented only when we need them, never breaking the action but lending the entire read an extra layer of depth. (I’m not usually a fan of flashbacks, but these were done so seamlessly that I actually started to like them!)
As magnetic as the characters are, the universe is just as enticing. Magic and pistols together? Count me in. Plus, the magic users aren’t all-powerful. The limitations make the magic seem all the more realistic, which makes the plot edge-of-your-seat exciting.
Not to mention those twists and turns. I’m usually good at seeing what’s coming, but Leigh Bardugo is a master of setting up the reader’s expectations and then breaking them, always in a believable way, so we’re never quite sure what’s going to happen.
This ragtag team of “heroes” with major trust issues, who care about each other without admitting it even to themselves, is one I’ll be following to the end.
We bought this one. Yeah, sometimes we still do that. It was worth every penny.