Irrevocable Love: Bardugo’s Portrayal Of Soulmates in ‘Six of Crows’

Six of Crows is more than a book about heist and it was published today. It has complex heart-wrenching romance which can be described as irrevocable and pure.

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Irrevocable love is a type of love that many authors and poets have explored.

Jane Austen wrote, “the very first moment I beheld him, my heart was irrevocably gone.”

From then on, there have been love stories that try convincing readers of their characters being completely and ardently in love with each other. There are some very poorly written love stories and some beautifully done ones. This is where Bardugo’s characters come into the picture. Six of Crows was published today and it is only right to revisit her complex characters and their even more complex love stories.

Six of Crows is a duology that is based on Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse. It is about a heist pulled by a crew of six society outcasts who are led by the mysterious and teenage mastermind named Kaz Brekker. The crew involves a sharpshooter named Jesper, a runaway named Wylan, Inej, who is a light-stepped spy, a Grisha heart trender who is called Nina and a vengeful convict named Matthias.

Netflix has the book into a series under the name Shadow and Bone. It has become a fan favorite because of its stellar and talented cast, as well as the intriguing storyline.

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Another reason these books are as beloved as they are is because of the relationships shared by the members of the crew. Within the six of them, Bardugo explores 3 very serious relationships and tropes that are intriguing and full of depth.

While the friendships and banter between the characters are also entertaining, to say the least, what draws the audience is the irrevocable love. She has made soulmates who each have very passionate stories. Giving her characters a rich backstory and making sure that they are intricately woven into the relationships they have.

Explaining the relationship requires the reveal of many plot lines and suspense of the duology. Even though the story is about a heist and revenge but love is a major part of the series. Kaz Brekker from the very beginning of the series has chemistry with Inej.

He says, “I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do” to Inej.

The entire book has passionate lines like this that stand to show the love between the characters.

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While Kaz and Inej have their own childhood standing in between their relationship, for Nina and Matthias, their till-death-do-us-part stems more from forbidden love. They come from rivaling nations and their need to survive shipwreck helped them to bond and eventually love each other.

The last irrevocably in love relationship of the duology was between Jesper and Wylan. Their banter that started of an annoyance towards each other turned to the need to be with each other. It is a love that happened gradually, but became supportive and considerate. It was innocent and pure. Leigh Bardugo’s duology is action-packed, edge-of-the-seat engaging and as romantic as it gets. She has allowed her characters to grow emotionally while not letting them lose their own charm. For them, love did not completely let them lose their identity. It became their shadow and something they fell into with a passion that they could not get back from. Irrevocable soulmates.

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