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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ARC {4.5 Stars}

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is the first in her new series set in the same world as her Grisha trilogy. There has been a lot of anticipation and hype for Six of Crows and I can happily say that it lives up to expectations and more. I can really see how Bardugo has developed as a writer and absolutely love how she is building her world and giving us a whole lot more characters to fall deeply in love with.

Note: I borrowed an advanced copy of Six of Crows. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ARC {4.5 Stars}

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (The Dregs #1)
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on Sept. 29th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 320 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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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.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

4.5 Stars


  • The only thing I love more than thieves are dragons, so I of course was on board with an awesome plot surrounding a gang of thieves set with an impossible task. I got definite happy flashbacks to The Lies of Locke Lamora from getting to know the Dregs!
  • I didn’t think that I could love the Grisha magic system anymore, but the main plot point of Six of Crows vastly expands on how Grisha magic works and how it can be influenced and it is SO FREAKING COOL! As a science geek, I was quite impressed with the detail that Bardugo included as to Heartrender powers in particular and am really happy with her explanations.
  • There have been a number of conversations in the community asking where the heroes with physical and mental disabilities are. They are here! In the Dregs gang we have a character who must walk with a cane, a character with some sort of ADD, a character with germ-related OCD from a traumatic experience and (not a disability, but yey diversity) an overweight but still gorgeous woman. Oh and a character who is gay (again, obviously not a disability, but yey diversity). The best part is that I didn’t even realize how diverse this group of characters is until I thought about it because Bardugo doesn’t shove it in your face. They are heroes/thieves first, everything else second.
  • I don’t hide my love for broken characters and pretty much every member of the Dregs team is broken in some way and trying to deal with it. This just made me love them all even more. Can I just hug everyone please?
  • The focus of Six of Crows is definitely not on romance, but there are a couple of slow burn and subtle romances that you won’t be able to resist falling for. Two of them have some pretty serious issues that they may or may not overcome, and that is romantic angst that I can get behind because it is so believable!
  • The writing of Six of Crows is simply amazing. I loved the Grisha trilogy, but Bardugo has seriously stepped up her game in Six of Crows and I can’t wait to see where she ends up by the end of this series. The world might explode.


  • Because I have to find something to quibble about, the ending disappointed me a bit since it didn’t quite bring everything back to a place I liked. The feminist in me couldn’t help but cringe I guess.


Six of Crows is the must read YA fantasy of the year and will definitely appeal to both readers who tend to go for YA and readers who tend to stick to adult fantasy. Seriously, just read it okay?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya


 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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  1. This is definitely one of my favorite books I’ve read this year! Like you, I was reminded of Locke Lamora, but a much tamer and more Eastern European version of it. I fell in love with the characters; each of them was so complex and had their own motivations for their actions.

    One question I do have, since you read the first books–how much is a continuation from them? I haven’t read the original Grisha trilogy, so I wasn’t sure if I was missing context, or whether these characters are completely new.
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    • Hehe, truth, no heart-breaking deaths so far ;-)

      It’s in a different country with different characters, so you aren’t missing much. It’s just when they refer to saint Alina since she was the character in the trilogy that saved the world etc.

  2. I really enjoyed the beginning, but it kind of fell apart for me toward the end. :( And yes, that ending! Gah, not sure I’m coming back after that. But I’m glad you had an enjoyable reading experience! Great review!
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  3. Okay so I just read the entire book today and WOW I can’t believe I have to wait until next year for the sequel! This was all my favorite parts from Siege and Storm all wrapped up into 450 pages of awesome :D I also really loved the diversity in this book, and UGH my heart broke for all of them </3 There's so much to be concluded in the next book and I'm really not sure my heart can handle it!
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  4. Yes, I’m excited!! :D This just sounds so good!! I hope I can get to read it soon. I’m really glad you liked it :)
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  5. OMG I preordered mine and it’s currently waiting for me at home! I’m so excited!!! Loved the review! I hope I like it as much as you did.
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  6. Awesome!! Pretty much every review I’ve read has been praising this book and I soooo cannot wait to read it!! Great review!
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    • For very good reason! I don’t think I’ve seen a single negative review, haha. I hope you love it when you get a chance to read it!

  7. I’m so glad my library came through for me and I was able to pick up my (ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS) copy today, because I don’t think I could handle the wait after reading this review. I didn’t think it was possible to be even more excited, but this sounds amazing. Yours is the first review I’ve actually read (as opposed to just looking at ratings), and I never really read the blurb thoroughly, so I didn’t realize just how much awesomeness awaits me. :D

    • I’m resisting so hard buying myself a hardcover since I know it’ll make a great holiday gift, haha! Those black pages look sooooo cooooooooool.

  8. YESSSSSS!!! :D I managed to get a hold of an ARC of Six of Crows last month, and absolutely loved it. I also noticed all of the diversity within the Dregs gang. My only “criticism” was that one of the six thieves never had a POV chapter, and I would have like to have seen some bits of the story from his perspective. Maybe we’ll get that with the sequel?
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    • It’s so hard to balance how many points of view to include in a story I’m sure! I agree that I would have liked everyone, hopefully in the next one ;-)

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