Here’s a new way to write a review! Instead of sharing a full review, which can sometimes be time consuming to read, I’m going to be sharing 15 thoughts that I had while reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Not sure if I’m going to include this in my book review section yet, but we’ll see.
1. Kaz is one smart son of a bitch
When Kaz is kidnapped by Van Eck, he finds out that it is because of a heist that Van Eck wants Kaz to go on for him, and he offers him 5 million kruge. Kaz first of all does not even panic about being kidnapped, but then singlehandedly gets Van Eck to go from 5 million to 30 million kruge in payment, and he is extremely clever with his words. I feel like I definitely underestimated him the first time I read this.
2. Kaz and his relationship with greed
If you read this duology (soon to be trilogy), you’ll know that Kaz talks quite a bit about greed. As I was reading this for the second time, I realized this has a lot to do with how greed played a part in the death of Kaz’s brother Jordie. A flashback on page 210 says, “Kaz would always remember that moment, when he’d seen greed take hold of his brother, an invisible hand guiding him onward, the lever at work.” Back on page 39, Inej tells Kaz “Greed is your god, Kaz”, and he responds “No, Inej. Greed bows down to me. It is my servant and my lever.” My reaction when I read that quote on 210 was like the gif below – I was so excited and then I scrambled around to find the earlier quote on 39. This was so interesting to me because it sneakily shows emotion from a guy who seems to be emotionless to everyone. He is so clearly affected by Jordie’s death, and has made it his goal to have greed, which took his brother, be his servant.
3. Kaz is hilarious.
Okay I promise this isn’t all about Kaz. Anyways here are some of the funniest Kaz quotes I found:
- “I need a mug of the darkest, bitterest coffee I can find, he thought. Or maybe a real punch to the jaw.” – 54
- After BEING KIDNAPPED, but still cracking jokes: “Everyone remembers his first time.” – 44
- Sarcastically to Inej: “Please, my darling Inej, treasure of my heart, won’t you do me the honor of acquiring me a new hat?” – 68
- I’m peeing my pants laughing re-reading these quotes. Kaz to the guy who wants to kill him and Nina: “I had a question…About your mother and whether the rumors are true”, and then Nina says “Never can make it easy, can you, Kaz?” – 94.
- To Jesper: “Hold [the book] up so we don’t have to look at your ugly face.” – 261
- There’s just a lot of really funny and sarcastic remarks that I appreciate, so feel free to comment some others down below!
4. Kaz’s hands
Sorry to talk about Kaz again, but Kaz’s hands are a huge deal in this book, and I found that super interesting. Kaz’s hands are ALWAYS in gloves, and – correct me if I’m wrong – but I think Inej is the only one who gets to see his hands. What’s interesting is that Kaz’s gloved hands – not his actions or his associates or his words – are what people based their assumptions about him off of.
“Brekker’s hands were stained with blood. Brekker’s hands were covered in scars. Brekker had claws and not fingers because he was part demon. Brekker’s touch burned like brimstone—a single brush of his bare skin caused your flesh to wither and die.page 58
5. Inej is proof that Kaz has feelings.
Kaz makes it seem like he is feelingless and nothing phases him, but he clearly has a soft spot for Inej, which I love so much. There are lots of cute moments between them when Kaz sort of insinuates this, in the most secretive Kaz way possible, and I was so invested in following their relationship. When Inej gets an arrow to the heart, I finally got to see Kaz slip up a bit. He says things like “Don’t slip away from me”. ME! We don’t really get to see their relationship bloom into something too intense, but we do also see Kaz basically tell Inej how he feels, but Leigh Bardugo likes to mess with us so nothing too big really happens.
6. Inej is the most badass person in this book.
Inej is such a cool person – absolutely fearless. She’s excited when people are waiting for her – which means a fight. Kaz can always depend on her because she’s always making the right move at the right time, whether planned or not, and nothing is beyond her limits. I also love that she is confident in herself and her beliefs and does not let herself be ridiculed for this.
Oh god. Wylan is the last person you pick to bring on a heist, and yet there he is. He was so fun to read about because he was such a contrast from everyone else, as he was full of emotion, sensitivity, compassion, sympathy, and fear. I want to believe I’d be a badass like Inej, but I know I’d be a Wylan who cries when Kaz kills someone because he told him he wouldn’t.
8. The best love is between people who used to hate each other
Matthias is so…modest I guess is the word, and Nina is the complete opposite of that. She loves making him uncomfortable, and they’re such a fun pair to read about. Here’s a note about me: I love when a book builds a relationship full of hate between two characters only to have them fall in love, which is exactly the case between Matthias and Nina. Matthias has grown up with the engrained notion that he has to kill people who are Grisha, like Nina the heartrender. The two somehow get stranded together, and there is nothing but hate…and somehow sexual tension. This of course leads to them falling in love. Then we do that all again after Nina “betrays” Matthias, and his hate for her is even stronger. The two are brought together again through the heist, and we get this whole hate-to-love relationship all over again.
9. “The deal is the deal.”
This is just a quick thing, but I loved this saying so much. I loved learning about the culture of Ketterdam in general, even just Kerch being referred to as “the language of trade.” Leigh Bardugo you amaze me.
10. The Breakfast Club
When I read Six of Crows, I immediately gravitated towards the quote on page 332: “A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something more.” This is Leigh Bardugo outlining the unlikely crew who comes together for this heist, and it reminded me quite a bit of one of my favourite films, The Breakfast Club, though in the film’s case there are only 5 of them. Here’s the line from the film: “You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…and an athlete…and a basket case…a princess…and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.” The quotes resemble each other, but this also reminds me of the point I made about Kaz’s hands, because he is seen by others as evil and nothing more, even though there is more to him.
Thanks for reading!