It took me a while to read Six of Crows, I admit it. However, throughout my time with these characters, I adored every second of it. Now, I know that many people have read this book, and that it is rather hyped. Still, I feel like perhaps sharing my perspective could help convince others to read it.
Ultimately, the story is about a heist and a mysterious edible thing that gives Grisha even more power. It is about addictions (gambling, danger, or even power). The book involves love and complex relationships, too. It is about trust, confidence, and so much more.
What I love about these characters is just how morally grey they are. Kaz had a painful backstory, that acted as his motivation to fight Pekka Rollins (whose name reminded me of Pikachu) “brick by brick.” Jesper and his addiction to gambling was another really powerful and moving character to meet.
Look, Wylan is pure sunshine and love. His dad doesn’t deserve such a sweet boy. Nina, the love of my life, and her passionate mission to save her Grisha sisters and brothers is another dear character.
But, listen, though, Inej just feels so close to my heart. Her experience with Tante Helene was haunting. I loved seeing her step into her own identity, not the Wraith, or a little lynx. Just Inej Ghafa.
From Nina and Matthias’ struggle to understand each other’s perspectives, to Kaz trying to come up with reasons to talk to Inej, all the way Wylan and Jesper’s bickering flirtations: the book is full of relationships to obsess over.
But, I think the relationships between the Dregs in general were powerful to observe. Kaz’s ways of keeping his secrets to himself, not sharing the full plans with the crew, and his “scheming face” (“definitely”) were so, so frustrating and yet kind of cool. I understand how these characters came to be who they are. And, more importantly, I love them for it.
The trust they had to develop and the sacrifices they made for each other, and for this mission to work, all of this was incredible to read. Diversity can be cool, see?
Next, Lord of Shadows and Crooked Kingdom. Sorry, Well of Ascension, I’ll get back to you soon.