Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Review

Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Dregs, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

I borrowed this book from my local library and reviewed it.

Six of Crows is one of those books that people have spent all year waiting for, and when I saw that it was available through my library ordering system, I just couldn't resist it. The book itself is gorgeous--red end papers, maps, black pages--but what I really wanted was an amazing story. I haven't read the rest of Bardugo's Grisha trilogy yet, but if this is any indication of what I'm in for, I'm ready to sign up immediately.

I'm not even sure, sitting here in my living room, just what emotions are running through me. I have a lot of mixed feelings. But I have to say that all the hype I've heard about this novel, taking place in the same universe as the Grisha trilogy, is well-deserved. More than well-deserved--it is every bit the blockbuster everyone is saying it is.

Do you like novels with adventure? Magic? A large cast of characters, all with exciting depth? Extensive, well-thought out world-building? How about food porn? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, I highly recommend going to your nearest bookstore or library, locking yourself in your room with a glass of your favorite drink and a snack, and giving yourself over to the magic that is Leigh Bardugo, as well as the characters she renders so lovingly.

I don't want to talk about the plot too much, as I don't want to give any spoilers, but here goes: Five outcasts, misfits, are given a near impossible job, and in order to complete it, they must use every skill they possess.

I don't want to mince words anymore, so I'm just going to say it: I loved every single minute of this novel. It was a fascinating thrill ride that left me, more often than not, either breathless, or just plain emotional. The pacing was absolutely breakneck, the characters well-drawn and full of exciting depth that made me turn pages frantically, the premise just new and original enough to keep me glued to the pages, and the world-building was wonderful and exciting--I loved this trip through Ketterdam!

The only problem is: I don't know how I'm going to be able to wait until next September for Crooked Kingdom. It's so far away! The bottom line: An exciting new adventure in Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse, Six of Crows is a fantastic, hang on the edge of your seat adventure that took my breath away--one of my favorite books of all time! Next on deck: Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions by Neil Gaiman!

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