Despite my initial thoughts on the book, during the first few chapters, I ended up really enjoying Six of Crows and was rather disappointed when it was over.
I received this book whilst working at Waterstones, along with two other books, which incidentally are the next two books I will be reading and reviewing. I had no idea what this book was about, going in, which meant I read it with a completely open mind.
The amount of character switching in this book would normally drive me crazy. However, Leigh really makes it work and writes so that it is an essential part of the book. The story of the book is actually very small and very short, and while the story is always progressing, not much actually happens. If this book were made into a film, it would have to be extremely short. Because of this, the switching not only fills out the book but allows a number of stories to be told at once, through the eyes of multiple characters. It also helps Leigh keep a bit of tension and mystery all the way throughout.
Also, due to the story having a big lack of action, it is important for Leigh to use empathy as a real for the readers. Most books keep readers hooked through a constant stream of new events, books like J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, or by using a deep mystery that the reader is able to try and figure out in books like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Because Six of Crows doesn’t have either of those things, it needs something else to keep readers involved, and thus Leigh uses character connection as a substitute.
I really enjoyed the characters in this book, both in the present story and their backstories. I particularly enjoyed Kaz and Inej. On top of that, I was very interested in their romance story, and cannot wait to see where it heads in the next book.
The story and characters were very dark, which is a nice change as a lot of fantasy is very light, which gets very repetitive. Plus, I have always been more of a fan of darker and more twisted things.
The beginning of the book was rather boring but other than that I read through it happily and often didn’t want to put it down. It was an easy read, yet was full of twists and turns, a lot of depth, and Leigh’s writing is complex and intricate and well executed.
I often found myself comparing this book to a book I read a little while ago, The Way of Shadows, by Brent Weeks. The writing, the settings, the style, and the characters all seemed rather familiar. Of course, books are always going to have comparisons to other works because it’s virtually impossible to write something that is one hundred percent original. I’m also not saying it’s a good thing or a bad thing that these two books are similar, simply pointing out a fact.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Six of Crows and cannot wait to read the next book in the series – which I did not know existed until I finished this book, thinking it was a stand-alone book.
I recommend this to a young-adult fantasy audience, particularly those who enjoy a darker story and a bit of action.