It’s our first discussion!
To kick things off, we’re going to start our first Saturday discussion post with Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Synopsis: Kaz Brekker and five other teenagers — all members of a gang called the Dregs — are tasked with a mission to break into the Ice Court to rescue an important scientist for Kerch merchants.
Eden: This was my first time reading anything by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve been really hesitant about reading Six of Crows. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in and I’m not a huge fan of multiple points of view in novels. It just didn’t sound like something I was going to like. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised. From the plot to the characters, I fell in love with the world that Bardugo weaved. Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Wylan and Nina were so well written. It wasn’t like reading the same perspective over and over again. Each character had their own personalities and feelings and I loved it. We even had these really well crafted back stories that were written throughout the book that didn’t feel like an information dump, but like it was necessary to know at the time the reader was told.
Bardugo has made me a fan and I’m not mad.
Jenn: I really enjoyed this book. I loved getting back into the Grisha world with this new cast of characters. The characters were diverse and each had distinct voices from one another. The only qualm I had about this book was in regards to Nina. I feel like I didn’t get a good sense of who she is. Her storyline became more about her relationship with Matthias than anything else. I want to know who she is outside of her past with Matthias. I mean she doesn’t need a man to define her. But, I’m hoping we’ll learn more about her in the next book. Fingers crossed.
Caitlynn: Like Eden, this is my first time reading something from Bardugo and I was pleasantly surprised, especially with her character building skills. Six of Crows had the greatest group of characters out of any of the books that I have read recently and their relationships with one another was phenomenal. I am so excited to read Crooked Kingdom and some of Bardugo’s other writings!
DISCUSSION & SPOILERS AHEAD: If you haven’t read Six of Crows and plan to read it, it would be best not to read anymore.
Eden: So, this book was awesome.
Eden: What’d you think, Jenn?
Jenn: I liked that it read as older teens. It wasn’t dumbed down but it wasn’t too mature where it wasn’t realistic.
Caitlynn: What language were they speaking because like half the book was written in it?
Jenn: She made it up?
Eden: Yeah. She made that up.
Eden Cont.: I don’t know I just thought the book was kickass. I loved the fighting and the overall badassery that came from each of these characters. But. Can we please talk about Jesper? I’m in love with him.
Jenn: No. I refuse.
Caitlynn: I liked him.
Eden: You can’t refuse.
Jenn: At first I wanted him to be with Nina because I thought it would go more toward her personality away from Matthias. But I saw Jesper with Wylan and it made me like him more.
Caitlynn: I like how Bardugo went about his sexuality. I just like that it wasn’t so straight forward.
Eden: I think that was so important.
Jenn: A lot of times when the people of the LGBTQ community are depicted in books it becomes more about their sexuality than about who they actually are. That wasn’t the case with Jesper.
Eden: I honestly didn’t catch on with Jesper until almost the end of the book.
Jenn: I knew the exact point when I realized he may be attracted to Wylan.
Caitlynn: That’s the part that was really significant. That was when he said something like “If only you could talk to girls in equations,” and Wylan was like, “Not just girls.”
Eden: Because I thought he was into Inej at first, but I wasn’t sure…
Jenn: I loved their friendship. He was so easy to interact with when it came to all of them.
Caitlynn: I liked that. I liked that it wasn’t romance, it was all friendship. True Friendship.
Queue two minutes worth of Princess Bride jokes.
Eden: I think that was the biggest piece to this book, the friendship and respect they had for each other. Even with Matthias at the end.
Jenn: Oh. I hate Matthias.
Eden: Me too.
Caitlynn: I have no qualms toward him.
Eden: He was gross. He was like a big oaf.
Caitlynn: I didn’t like him nor dislike him.
Jenn: That’s the problem. He was a big, blundering fool. He was literally like if you gave a lobotomy to a big viking and then had him follow someone around.
Jenn Cont.: I hate people in books that are always lamenting over their past and where their loyalty lies.
Eden: That was why I hate Matthias. He was like this annoying nationalist that came off as brainwashed.
Jenn: When I pictured him I pictured a big blond guy in a letterman jacket. And Nina. Once they started talking about her boobs all the time, she just became the stereotypical cheerleader.
Jenn: Can we talk about how they kind of skirted over the fact that people just worked in a brothel.
Eden: Called the Menagerie.
Eden Cont.: It was so gross. I was so bothered by the idea that these sex workers were literally being called animals.
Jenn: It was capitalizing on each individuals race. Inej was a well rounded character. She was really well written. She had her faults and weaknesses, but she was strong. She was much more real compared to other female characters I’ve read.
Eden: *mumbles* Celaena Sardothian.
Jenn: And Katniss Everdeen and every other female protagonist.
Eden: Inej and Kaz’s relationship was interesting.
Caitlynn: I liked it and after how Bardugo set everyone’s storylines up for Crooked Kingdoms, I can’t wait to read the next one!
Jenn: I like that it was a slow burn and that they were friends before there was anything more between them.