Book Review: Six of Crows duology

The Six of Crows Duology written by Leigh Bardugo is one of my top reads this year. The fantasy series is set two years on from the Shadow and Bones series and follows ‘the crows’, a crew of thieves. The crew is made up of 6 incredibly diverse, flawed and interesting characters, all struggling with demons of their own.

Six of Crows, the first book in the duology, follows the crows preparing to undertake a high stakes heist to rescue an inventor from the Ice court. With the promise of 30 million if successful, the crows aren’t the only crew attempting this impossible task. Pekka Rollins, our villain, is also in the running and who’s past we later learn is vital to the story of our main character, Kaz.

The heist was gripping to read as it doesn’t quite go to plan. After escaping, our main characters return to the Barrell, only to realise they will not get the promised 30 million and Pekka Rollins has now completely taken over. The book is left off on a cliff hanger with one crew member in danger.


Crooked Kingdom, the second book in the duology, follows the crew attempting to rescue Inej. This only fuels the hostility between our main character Kaz, and Pekka Rollins.

After regrouping, Kaz reveals his plan to the crows to take down Pekka Rollins once and for all. While clever, the plan is difficult to carry out as Pekka Rollins has put a bounty on their heads.

The story comes to a head when Kaz confronts Pekka Rollins. The moment relies heavily on Kaz’ reputation and only succeeds because of the character development the author has done thus far. This is without a doubt my favourite part of the entire series and is incredibly satisfying to read.

Before the series ends, there is one more twist before the book goes on to show the characters final moments.

While the plot is incredibly complex, following 6 main characters all with sub-plots of their own, as a reader I am impressed with how easy it was to follow along. While each character is flawed and exaggerated, they are driven by concepts relatable to the reader. Overall, I could not recommend this series enough.

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