A Novel Idea reviews “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo


Zully Maya and Jessica Brown

As Macalester’s book club, A Novel Idea, we review the books we read throughout the semester. Our first book this semester was “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo. This review is based on the discussion A Novel Idea had in early October.

Bardugo’s “Six of Crows” is a fun read, full of compelling characters and interactions. It is a fantasy young adult fiction novel that meshes a well thought-out fantasy setting with a heist plot.

It revolves around the crew attempting to perform the heist and provides the perspectives of five of the six members of the crew. The change in perspective adds more character to the novel, while the protagonists — Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Jesper and Wylan — continue to reveal their past and motivations.

Part of what makes this book so compelling is that all six protagonists are  between the ages of 16 and 19, but have dealt with severe stress and trauma. Each character has a different role to play, and their personalities and interactions are a large part of what makes this book work so well.

While one of the main characters, Kaz, remains static throughout, the dynamics of the rest of the crew contribute greatly to the storyline of the novel. “Six of Crows” is a gripping read and has you rooting for the protagonists throughout. It strikes a delicate balance of creating lovable characters and justifying their actions despite their moral ambiguity.

The combination of the supernatural and con artistry keeps you intrigued and excited. Full of strong, complex characters and a plot that twists and turns, “Six of Crows” is an all-around enjoyable fantasy read.

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