Six of Crows is a sprawling tale of adventure, fantasy, and most surprising of all emotional drama. I never expected this book to get me so attached to the characters. I think that's the book's greatest strong point, the characters.
Characters: Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Jesper and Wylan are all extremely well developed characters. Each with their own complex history and conflicts. When you put such amazingly realistic and empathetic characters in a fantastic world, you know that your story will be a success. It's no surprise the hype and furor surrounding this book. Bardugo deserves every bit of it.
Setting: Ketterdam and Fjerda are the two main locations and each of them have a distinctive atmosphere of their own. The languages remind me a lot of German, as the names also do. I didn't completely understand the different types of magic in this world, and that was probably because I haven't read the prequel trilogy (The Grisha Trilogy) to this story. Though some events that transpired there have been hinted at, I would say this book can be read on it's own. A fully realized and detailed setting that's not outlandish by any means but still entirely unique in it's own way.
Plot: This is a fast paced book. Albeit, it took me a while to get into it, once I was hooked I finished the last 300 pages in one night, staying up till the wee hours of morning. Action packed, with enough things happening at all times to keep you gripped. A wholly bingeable book with a roller coaster ride of emotions.
Final Thoughts: Six of Crows got me laughing, worried, excited, amazed and shipping one particular couple ( "Maybe it's because I like your stupid face") which I very rarely do. Excellently written and adequately paced, this book will consume you. And I loved every moment of it.
9/10: "No mourners" "No funerals."
[Product Note: I got an unblemished paperback with a great cover(as shown in the cover image). Great service by Amazon, as always.]