Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is a gritty YA fantasy heist story. It’s got a racing plot, an interesting setting, and amazing characters. In this episode, I analyse the relationship between Kaz and Inej, using Mary Robinette Kowal’s 6 relationship axes
:Mind – Both people have similar levels of intelligence.
Money – Both people have similar attitudes about money. They don’t both have to have the same amount. This is about what money is for and how it’s handled.
Morals – Similar moral compasses of right and wrong.
Manners – Similar senses of what is polite. So it’s possible to have the same manners and wildly different morals.
Monogamy – Similar attitudes about the relationship. You know that guy that thinks you are BFFs and you think you’re just colleagues?
Marx Brothers – You both find the same things funny.
|Mind||Arguably more intelligent, but this often gets in the way of him connecting with people. High IQ, low EQ – apart from when he’s sociopathically manipulating people||Not as cunning or clever as Kaz, but with better genuine people skills.|
|Money||“he is a young criminal prodigy, ready to do anything for the right price” – Leigh Bardugo. Wants money for selfish reasons (so he can destroy a gang leader who hurt him)||Also wants money, but for unselfish reasons (so she can destroy slavers)|
|Morals||Extremely flexible.||Rock solid, mainly because of her religious convictions.|
|Manners||Manipulative; views manners as a tool to use to further his goals.||Seems relatively kind; uses manners in an unconsciously kind way, because she’s a kind person.|
|Monogamy||Has feelings for Inej, but puts up walls to protect himself.||Also has feelings for Kaz, but won’t commit to anything while he still maintains his walls.|
|Marx Brothers||They both find it funny to upset the privledged, the cruel, the sadistic. In many ways, their mutual hatred of abusive authority figures binds them.|
Episode 25 – all about Crooked Kingdom, the sequel to this novel: https://novelanalyst.com/2019/04/30/25-crooked-kingdom-by-leigh-bardugo-the-art-of-setting-descriptions/
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