Hello, all! For January, our book club, The Book Junkies, read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. We were extremely excited to read this because of all the hype it got this past fall. This was set also in the world of the Grishas, and it was extremely interesting and well-developed.
Here’s the Goodreads overview:
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
We hope you enjoyed this month’s read! We know we did 🙂 Next month we will be reading The Love that Splits the World by Emily Henry. We would love if you read along with us! Check out the link above to our group on Goodreads and join.
What were your impressions of Kaz?
At first, I found him too tough, too insensitive. But he grew on me as I got through the book, and I liked seeing a nicer, softer side to him nearer the end.
Emma: I. Loved. Him. He was such an amazing character, and it was really interesting to find out why he acted the way he did. He was so calculative and mysterious, I found myself really enjoying trying to guess his reasonings behind things.
Sophie: I thought he was pretty BA. He got better as the book went on, and I really liked his background story. I really like him.
Did you find the world hard to understand at first?
Totally. I can’t help but feel that Leigh had the entire world in her head but didn’t know quite how to explain it. I also think it was hard to understand without reading any of Leigh’s other books – i.e. The Grisha trilogy.
Emma: I actually found it really greatly described – I mean, there were parts where I went, ‘What’s a Corporalnik again?’ But otherwise, I was fine, and just found the world amazing. However, after saying that, I do technically have an unfair advantage because I read the first book in The Grisha trilogy, Shadow And Bone, a few years back.
Sophie: YES! Oh my goodness, it was so hard at the beginning! I wish I had read Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy first. I thought it was very, very well developed, though! I can’t wait to revisit it.
What did you think about the different perspectives? Favorite?
Sophie: I think my two favorites were Kaz and Inej. They were really interesting to get to know and I wish there was more!! I also liked Jesper and the others. I thought it was interesting that we didn’t get the Merchling’s POV (I forgot his name…)
Emma: (Psst Sophie…his name’s Wylan!) And I loved all of the Point of Views, but I really liked the chapters from Inej and Kaz!
Beth: Honestly, I think Bardugo really pulled this off. One of my favourite books with more than one POV! I loved Nina’s perspective (and Nine in general), along with Kaz & Inej!
If you were a Grisha, what would your power be? Why?
Sophie: I would totally want to be a Fabrikator. I think it would be so cool. I mean, being a Heartrender would be cool too, but I thought it’d be awesome to be able to make it out. Nina was so interesting too. I liked how she thought of her power and what different perspectives she and Matthias had on what a Grisha was.
Emma: Heartrender, no doubt. I would to be able to heal though, like Nina!
Beth: I quite like the idea of being a Healer, but the Heartrender thing is also pretty appealing!
What did you think about Kaz and Inej’s relationship?
Emma: I can’t tell you guys how much I shipped these two. From the very first chapters of this book, I was rooting for them to become an item. Their relationship was so well done and developed – and there was no insta love. There was no sudden flood of emotion from both of the character’s towards each other. It was gradual, and you could see their feelings getting stronger throughout the book. It was just great, and awesome, and I loved it. (Is there anything about this book I didn’t love? In all honesty, I really don’t think so!)
Beth: I loved them! I wish I could have seen slightly more of them together as friends in Ketterdam, but maybe that’s just me. Although I did really like the way, as Emma said, there was no insta-love.
Sophie: I’m in totall agreement with them. I ship it so much. Inej complements Kaz so well and they get each other much better than anyone else. The ending though!!!
How do you pronounce Inej?!
Emma: In my head, I just say it as In-eh-j, like how it’s spelt. However, I’m guessing the j is maybe said as a y? Or perhaps it’s said as In-jay?
Beth: I just thought In-edge…haha. In-jay would make sense though, and fit in moe with the world!
Sophie: I say it i-nege like with a soft g sound. It rhymes with “hedge.” Ya feel me??
So now you know what we think, tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
Sophie (& the Book Junkies)