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Review of Leigh Bardugo’s SIX OF CROWS

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Confession time: While I enjoyed the Smoke and Bone trilogy, I gave the books away. The ending didn’t sit well with me. After such rich world and character development – to say nothing of the magical creation Ms. Bardugo dreamed up – I wanted a better resolution. Without a satisfactory end, I didn’t have an interest in picking up anything else set in that world. At least, not until I sat down to watch the television adaptation. (I know, I know. I see the words, too, and I needed to grit my teeth to type them)

With no reference for the Crows, but a pure delight in their antics, I felt a push back to the shelves. Sure, there was a possibility the show’s writers came up with the characters, but that seemed doubtful. They felt like Ms. Bardugo’s work. Time to give the world a second chance.

I wasn’t disappointed (not yet, at any rate). The detail and intricacy of the world remained just as bright as I remembered, with a darker undertone that added a perfect bite. And how can you NOT love the intrigue of a criminal undertaking? The weaving together of the character backgrounds and motivations is seamless. You find yourself invested in everyone. And you’re left surprised at almost every turn. (I can’t say EVERY turn, but Ms. Bardugo surprised me a few times, for which I’m grateful) It’s one of the most enjoyable reads I’ve found this year, and I can’t wait to pick up the sequel.

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