If there was one book I had to name as the most popular Booklr read for the second half of 2015, it would be Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Not a day has gone by since September that I haven’t seen at least 20 posts about this strange black-dyed book. Even one of the Tumblr-famous guys renamed his blog after it!
I didn’t pick up on it right away–I knew Bardugo had written a previous trilogy, one I hadn’t read yet, and I thought this was just a continuation. So I shrugged my shoulders and moved on until I found time to read the rest of the Grisha books. When someone posted an ask/answer that it was related, but separate, on the bandwagon I jumped (although the other three are still on my TBR).
I finally got the book from my library this weekend, just in time, since I needed a next #ReadWomen pull…
…and then I almost gave up 40 pages in. This starts so slow and jumpy. Can you be jumpy and slow at the same time? Apparently. Bardugo uses the same multi-character narration like George RR Martin does in Game of Thrones, which works mostly, once you get going…but it can be really confusing at the beginning.
However, the story does have a steep crescendo into action once the plot starts moving. Six of Crows is part Italian Job and part Robin Hood, with just a dash of Name of the Wind thrown in. I can see why people have been so drawn to it.
I’m interested enough in the Grisha alchemy to take a peek at the previous trilogy. However, I think Six of Crows is a one and done for me. It was interesting enough, but I’m not as excited as everyone else to continue on with the rest of the series. Three book dragons for this one.