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some process. my first sketches are the best!

WOW WOWWOWOWOW this is so cool. And…  this is also the way I write a draft. I mean, ideally. Occasionally, you have to put a nose where you thought the mouth was. 


No mourners, no funerals

Six of Crows Appreciation Post


Because it warranted one. Desperately. 

It’s also spoiler free!

Six Reasons Why Six of Crows is Awesome and Why You Should Most Definitely Go Out and Buy Yourself A Copy of this Masterpiece Now:

1. The Concept

A motley gang of thieves pulling off the greatest heist ever. I mean, HOW FREAKING COOL IS THAT? And you thought Bonnie and Clyde had it bad…. You’d have to be suicidal to try and pull this heist off…and I absolutely love it. Plus, this is like nothing I’ve read before. (I’m not well read in gangs of thievery, that really needs to change.) It does however, kind of remind me of the show Leverage. But that’s a story for another day.

2. The Characters

Matthias Helvar: A convict with a thirst for revenge.

You confused little drüskelle you.

Jesper Fahey: A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

Jesper, Jesper, Jesper, you gun-loving little spirit.

Wylan Van Eck: A runaway with a privileged past.

My little precious child.

Inej Ghafa: A spy known as the Wraith.

BAD-ASS. with a troubled past.

Nina Zenik: A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

Bless your soul.

KAZ FREAKING BREKKER: A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Or did I mean, Kaz (heart)Breaker…. ha ha ha.

3. The Plot

It’s fast paced, with new surprises at every turn. Honestly, some of these things happened so quickly I was just like “WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED!?” But that’s what makes the book so amazing. I never found myself seeing how many more pages it was until the end (I just know that I can’t be the only one who does this sometimes) because for all intent and purposes, I never wanted it to end. Ever.

And the ending? Let me tell you a little bit about the ending. It’s the kind of ending that makes me hate the fact that the second book doesn’t come out until September 2016. (It’s not even early September, it’s the end. I cry.) I also (kind of) regret reading the book so early because of the goddamn ending. I swear Leigh Bardugo, you are a master of crushing hearts….

4. The Action

I personally love action in a book. It’s part of the reason why I tend to gravitate towards high fantasy novels more than any other type….it’s because of the action. And this book certainly does not disappoint on the action scenes. (There’s a lot of them) and I never find myself getting bored or wondering when it’ll jump to the next part.

5. The World Building

If you didn’t like the Grishaverse before (tbh I don’t know anyone who didn’t) or haven’t been exposed to it, well what better way to start/give it another go! The best thing is, you see a whole completely new part of the Grishaverse (for those of you who read Shadow and Bone) and let me tell you, this is just as amazing. It’s like a new, in-depth submersion. Like I probably wouldn’t want to live in Ketterdam, but I totally would at the same time. And like the White Castle, yeah the people might be a little weird but you can’t say it isn’t cool. It’s a freaking fortress that’s totally one out of our childhood fantasy books. 



(Not my photo btw, it’s from, but it captured the beauty that is Six of Crows)

Final Verdict: WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Go grab yourself a copy.


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Six of crows / Leigh Bardugo


[Henry Holt/ 2015 – review is of the audio version, apologies for any name and place misspellings]

Six of Crows was probably one of the most hyped novels from last year. It was everywhere–gushing reviews, gorgeous cover art showing up all over every feed I have.  "It’s a fantasy Oceans Eleven crossed with…well, awesome!“ was a familiar catchcry.

I was intrigued. Particularly when I found out that the audible studios production had some of my favourite voice actors. But I was also fairly sure I was never going to read it, because my response to Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy was a mix of “Why can’t I quit you?!” and this meme:

I’d loved the worldbuilding, the twists on Russian folklore and the magic system, but Alina’s head was an incredibly frustrating place to live in for three books and her eventual love interest suffered from one of the worst cases of Nice Guyitis that I’ve ever read. Parts of the novels were rich and romantic and full of consequences and twisting, uncomfortable morality questions, and some of it was–well. There was a lot of inchoate angst and Frustrated Pining and if I think this hard enough maybe she’ll love me the way I love her, which is not my thing. Also, there was a love…hexagon, at one point? The books were frustrating and bananas.

Sorry, Leigh Bardugo, thought I. You are catnip for some, but we’ll part ways here.

Then, over the past few months:

  • I read The Lies of Locke Lamora (well, listened to it. Highly recommended. Michael Page has a rip roaring time chewing all the scenery. And there is a lot of scenery in a scott lynch novel.)
  • I watched Leverage. All of it.
  • Twice.  

Both of these things have left me vulnerable to the allure of comptetence porn and heist plots that focus on the relationship dynamics between crew members. And then:

Wait, thought I. You mean to tell me that this book has an impossible heist, multiple pov shifts (…if I don’t like one character’s voice, there’s hope for the rest!) and the leader is an ornery, too-clever-by-half rat-bastard who works with his own physical disabilities with gleeful fucking abandon? And has ptsd issues that are not necessarily related TO that disability?

Yep. All of that. Six of Crows is the story of aforementioned rat-bastard, Kaz Brekker (mastermind), and his dregs: Inej (thief), who is allowed to be dangerous; Jesper (grifter/hitter/thief): a sharpshooter who only feels stable when in the midst of peril, who’s fast approaching the hopeless end of a gambling addiction; Nina (grifter), a magician who can kill you with her hands and an unholy gift for languages; Matthias (hitter) who belongs to a religious and military order that tries to kill people like Nina for the common good (their relationship is…complicated); and Wylan. (hacker. Seriously. this boy is incredible) a cheerful hostage with hidden gifts. And he plays the flute.

It’s also a story about Ketterdam. A trade city with commerce gods and a ruthless underground, which seems to be set in a loose fantasy Netherlands the same way Ravka is set in loose fantasy Russia/Mongolia for the Grisha trilogy. Ketterdam is unforgiving. Ketterdam seems to have great pancakes. Ketterdam breathes through this novel, even when the characters leave it.  

Every character (save Wylan, which I hope changes in book 2) takes a turn at lead POV. This could have been awful, but each of these voices are incredibly distinct without ever falling into awkward dialect. Inej is not Kaz. Kaz is not Jesper. Matthias certainly not Nina, and the result is strong because of all the small parts, all the different ways everyone has of looking at everyone else. Bardugo manages to remix different scenes according to different eyes without the overall effect being repetitive, and I’m amazed by it. 

Long travel scenes, usually the curse of any fantasy, are relieved by the slow un-spooling of each character’s backstory. And oh, they are good. All of them. Even characters I wanted to smack.

The heist plot itself is as bonkers and full of competence porn as anyone might desire, so I’m not going to spoil it. I will say that betrayals count. Consequences happen. It’s mostly glorious, save for a little bit of damselling in the final chapter that I really, really hope will be resolved quickly, before Kaz turns into batman.

Semi-spoilery disability and diversity thoughts under the read more

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“Don’t make friends with crows. They don’t have any manners.”

— Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo



Jesper drawing process.

i just want you to see that my drawings look like hell in the very beginning lol i mean look at the first sketch 😀 like wtf is this. it’s the main reason why i do not post any wip’s

So – Hringkälla is today. Let’s all go get Bo Yul-Bayur.


Happy Hringkälla, everyone. Wherever you are, I encourage you to rise and sing the Fjerdan national anthem. People will understand. It’s a holiday.  

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