Six of Crows

Six of Crows

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Enter the Grishaverse with the #1 New York Times -bestselling Six of Crows .

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price--and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo returns to the breathtaking world of the Grishaverse in this unforgettable tale about the opportunity--and the adventure--of a lifetime.

" Six of Crows is a twisty and elegantly crafted masterpiece that thrilled me from the beginning to end." - New York Times -bestselling author Holly Black

" Six of Crows [is] one of those all-too-rare, unputdownable books that keeps your eyes glued to the page and your brain scrambling to figure out what's going to happen next." -Michael Dante DiMartino, co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra

"There's conflict between morality and amorality and an appetite for sometimes grimace-inducing violence that recalls the Game of Thrones series. But for every bloody exchange there are pages of crackling dialogue and sumptuous description . Bardugo dives deep into this world, with full color and sound. If you're not careful, it'll steal all your time ." -- The New York Times Book Review

Praise for the Grishaverse

"A master of fantasy." -- The Huffington Post

"Utterly, extremely bewitching." -- The Guardian

"The best magic universe since Harry Potter." -- Bustle

"This is what fantasy is for." -- The New York Times Book Review

"[A] world that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp." --NPR

"The darker it gets for the good guys, the better." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Sultry, sweeping and picturesque. . . . Impossible to put down." -- USA Today

"There's a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo's original epic fantasy that sets it apart." -- Vanity Fair

"Unlike anything I've ever read." --Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent

"Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery!" --Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series

"This is a great choice for teenage fans of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien." -- RT Book Reviews

Read all the books in the Grishaverse!

The Shadow and Bone Trilogy
(previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising

The Six of Crows Duology
Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781627792127
Branch Call Number: YA BAR
Characteristics: 465 p. :,maps ;,25 cm


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SPPL_Anna Mar 10, 2018

An absolutely fabulous fantasy heist, filled with amazing, compelling characters and a world that I just kept wanting to know more about! And fortunately Bardugo has so much more available to us. Highly recommended.

Mar 01, 2018

Really great book. One of my all-time favourites since grade 6. Would definitely recommend!!! Just read it, you won't regret it- in fact, you'll probably finish it in one sitting :)

Mar 01, 2018

Great series, if you like this genre

PimaLib_ChristineR Feb 23, 2018

I read this on the recommendation of Hailey in Bookland and am so glad I did. Bardugo is on her game at the moment, and I hope she stays there; the world needs more books this good.

Kaz, while not the head of his gang, is certainly the brains behind it. He's offered a king's ransom to free a prisoner from an unbreachable prison. He builds a team from a group of young outcasts who each bring something to the table, but also bring plenty of flaws. Like some others have noted, this feels like an Ocean's Eleven or The Usual Suspects, in a fantasy universe. Bardugo has built an extensive world that is the setting for several of her novels. Six of Crows is set in the city of Ketterdam on the island of Kerch, the center of trade for all the countries, where money is king and anything can be had for a price. Built on the bones of 18th century Dutch Republic, the city and country come to life in the hands of Bardugo.

When the six set out for Fjerda (which seems to be based on historic Nordic lands), the pace becomes breakneck. I couldn't put it down. Bardugo's ability to create rich characters, rich worlds, realistic dialogue, all while not succumbing to standard tropes is unmatched. I can't recommend this highly enough. I've even gone back and started the Grisha series which was set in the same world, and while highly enjoyable, it's clear that her writing just keeps getting tighter.

Feb 06, 2018

There's plenty of good here, but given that other commentators have already been pretty effusive in sharing it, I'll focus a bit more on things I felt were shortcomings.
First, the antagonists. One of the problems with a dark fantasy setting of the type employed is that it makes traditional villains fall a bit flat; straight-up evil is just background noise and so it becomes important for them to be able to threaten the protagonists in other ways. Unfortunately, these villains are pretty cookie-cutter: slimy rich man or stormtroop - I mean druskelle. There is exactly one page where an antagonist feels like a serious threat. The protagonists also fall into that strange morality where they will kill, not strictly necessarily, many footsoldiers but leave the commander alive because now killing someone who's not an immediate threat is wrong - even if that person has been shown to have consummate resolve, leadership skill, and prejudiced hate that probably haven't been shaken by getting kicked in the head.
Second, the characters. For all the comments mentioning the diverse cast, as far as I could tell it followed the two-girls-and-two-people-of-color quota that's been around for a group of six since '90s YA (and maybe before). The addition of queer representation is nice, but that romance takes a pretty firm backseat to Inej and Kaz, whose dynamic I didn't feel was particularly novel. Each character is also pretty archetypal, which isn't a problem in itself but becomes so when most of them don't really build on that foundation except in informed -
sometimes one-page - backstories.
None of this is to say that it's a bad book; as you can see, I still gave it a decent three stars. Perhaps future entries will change my mind, but for now, I just don't see Six of Crows as God's gift to YA fantasy.

PinesandPrejudice Jan 21, 2018

This books is just as good as everyone says it is. Get me a t-shirt, I am on the fanwagon.

It was slow going at first -- I had to adjust to the world and to the multiple perspectives. But once I got the hang of it all, I was ensorcelled. Each character had fantastic development, and their voices were unique. Kaz's trauma was one of the best told stories of PTSD I have ever read. Inej's two chapters, where she almost died both times, could have been short stories on their own. Her growth within both those chapters was incredible. The relationship between Nina and Matais was slow burning and was of the best enemies to lovers stories I have read in a long time.

The heist and the plot in general were not necessarily the most unique but I still loved the high stakes, the improvisation, the talents, the growth, the betrayals. I was here for it all. I think what really helped was that I listened to it on audiobook and it was full cast which was amazing! It made the whole world and each of the characters that more alive and visceral. Also Matais's narrator made me swoon every single chapter.

I am happy to have read this book and damn it, I plan on starting CROOKED KINGDOM as soon as possible.

Dec 26, 2017

First title in the Six of Crows duology. Written for young adults.

Dec 22, 2017

Simply amazing! If you like fantasy, I highly recommend this story. My new favourite book! The setting, plot and characters were fascinating - I couldn't put it down!

Oct 15, 2017

This offered a great setting, characters with really well developed histories and a very engaging story. Looking forward to the sequel.

Sep 15, 2017

Six of Crows is an extremely well-paced story, balanced between the past and the present, as well as action and character development. The present focuses on the heist, and how the group will extract Bo Yul-Bayur from Fjerda’s Ice Court. But Bardugo also carefully measures out backstory, slowly revealing how the boy Kaz Reitveld became the Barrel lieutenant Kaz “Dirtyhands” Brekker.

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Sep 15, 2017

Geels looked at Kaz as if he was finally seeing him for the first time. The boy he’d been talking to had been cocky, reckless, easily amused, but not frightening—not really. Now the monster was here, dead-eyed and unafraid. Kaz Brekker was gone, and Dirtyhands had come to see the rough work done.

Nov 30, 2016

I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.

Sep 05, 2016

"We'll all have waffles. And whisky. If this job doesn't come off, no one's going to want to be around me sober."
~Kaz Brekker

Jun 27, 2016

“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

Jun 27, 2016

“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you'll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won't matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

Jun 20, 2016

"No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for 'good luck.'"

Jan 29, 2016

"If I thought yout were dirty, you'd be holding your guts in on the floor of the Exchange like Big Bol, so stop running your mouth." -Kaz to Jesper

"Fine. But if Pekka Rollins kill us all, I'm going to get Wylan' s ghost to teach my ghost how to lay the flute just so I can annoy the hell out of your ghost." -Jesper
" I'll just hire Matthias' ghost to kick your ghost's ---." -Kaz
"My ghost will not associate with your ghost."-Matthias

"Maybe your tutors didn't cover this lesson, but you do not argue with a man covered in blood and a knife up his sleeve."-Jesper

Dec 27, 2015

"We are all someone's monster."

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Sep 15, 2017

Kerch is a land that worships gold and industry, and in this the slum rats of the Barrel are no different from the more supposedly more upstanding merchers of Ketterdam. Kaz Brekker has spent years building up the Dregs gang from nothing, creating the Crow Club, and laying a territorial claim to Fifth Harbour. With such a ruthless reputation, it is no surprise that a mercher might approach him with an unusual job, one that cannot be entrusted to just anyone. A Shu scientist has been captured by the Fjerdans, and is being held in the impregnable Ice Court. He holds the knowledge of a new drug, jurda parem, which can take Grisha power from miraculous to unimaginable, with terrible consequences, both for the Grisha, and for the world market. Kaz assembles a crew of his best pickpockets and thieves to travel to Fjerda during the Hringkalla festival, and attempt the impossible—breach the Ice Court, and extract Bo Yul-Bayur, before anyone else gets to him.

Jul 04, 2016

Kaz Brekker, the mysterious boy who brought the Dregs, one of Kerch's many gangs, up from the gutter, is tasked with an impossible challenge. Break into the most heavily guarded palace in the world and steal one of the most wanted men of the age.

Quickly he gathers a crew: a clever spy known as the Wrath; a sharp-tongued sharpshooter; a convict unwilling to betray his country; a Grisha who is using her powers to survive the slums; and a runaway who left behind luxury.

The gang must complete a mission akin to suicide or they will lose the prize and wind up dead. However, Kaz Brekker does not know the meaning of the word 'impossible'.


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