Six of Crows

Six of Crows

eBook - 2015
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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.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
ISBN: 9781627795227
1627795227
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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LPL_KimberlyL Jan 03, 2019

A fantasy heist story that has endless twists and turns and is one heck of an adventure! There were so many moments in this book that made me cheer out loud and keep turning the pages because I had to find out what happened next. Leigh Bardugo has created a memorable and extremely diverse cast of... Read More »

Set in the world of the Grisha Trilogy, Six of Crows is the story of a rag-tag group of scoundrels who band together for one big heist...yet the fate of the universe rests on their shoulders.

Set in the same universe of The Grisha trilogy (above), Six of Crows is more light-hearted and adventurous with a rag-tag group of people that will remind you of Harry, Ron, and Hermione's many adventures.


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rnewman02
Jan 26, 2020

one of the best books i have ever read, the diversity, the humor and the characters really make the book. its so good, and the second book is amazing, i hope there is a third:))

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onepandella
Jan 03, 2020

Six criminals take on the task to pull off an impossible heist into one of the most secure places in the world. All of them are different - a criminal prodigy, a spy, a sharpshooter, a Grisha, a convict, a runaway - but they come together and assemble a plan to pull off the most daring thing they've ever done.

4.5/5 - This book has a lot of hype and I was worried it would disappoint, but holy heck this book is amazing. It's not flawless - objectively there's still some things it could've done better - but it's so unique when compared to all the other books in it's genre. It's not generic and it actually stands out against the crowd. This book is dark, dirty, cruel; it's great. And the worldbuilding? The characters? The plot?? All of it is so well=developed, thought out, and beautifully woven together. I recommend this for anyone who wants a fantasy pick-me-up (I read this in 4 days). Definitely reading the sequel.

All the POVs in this book are written the same but have small subtle differences; I can tell when I'm reading from Matthias' POV versus Jesper's POV. And I love that. And the characters? AH. When we first met Kaz I thought he would be some generic teenage boy with some tragic past, but after the second chapter I was in love. He took me by surprise (this whole book did honestly). Kaz's backstory too just enriched his character. ALL of their backstories enriched the characters, and despite there being so many characters it made it really easy for me to care about them. I really admire too how each character's insecurities were woven into their POV; Kaz's trauma, Inej's self-doubt, Nina's fear for her people, Matthias' shift in beliefs, Jesper's restless energy. It wasn't written in a super obvious way, rather it was simply apart of their narrative, like how these insecurities are apart of their character. That one chapter with Jesper - when they were escaping the prison cell - I was sCReaming when he was revealed to be gay AND a Grisha. And Inej? The scene with Kaz and her on the boat - I respect her SO much for putting herself over some half-hearted hope of love. It was so good. The plot too was very intricate, along with the worldbuilding. It was all super detailed, immersive, fast-paced, and I loved it. However, some flaws: the first chapter is confusing, (and IDK if it's just me but) the writing isn't super descriptive; I had a hard time picturing the setting.

What I Take Away: This is the kind of story I want to write. This is what character development looks like. This is what worldbuilding looks like. This book taught me about strength, determination, love, friendship, etc. I just really love and admire what this book is :)

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Tebel_0
Dec 19, 2019

If you are looking for a fantasy cw oceans 11 then this book is for you. I wanted more fantasy.

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Petruccellius_Rex
Dec 09, 2019

This book exemplifies YA at its best. It has complex characters with varying beliefs and backgrounds, great pace, and a larger commentary that it fits within (a discussion of capitalistic societies, crime, etc.). Ketterdam feels so real - it's a damp, grimy, dangerous city you can almost smell that our characters survive in. Our main group have talents that maintain their place as the best within Kaz Brekker's Dregs. Kaz is unyielding, ruthless and unsentimental, because distraction could mean death in The Barrel. The author avoids the barf-worthy cliché of the main character being 'saved' by a relationship or love interest, and it solidifies the great heist plot.

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blue_chicken_485
Nov 06, 2019

Extremely well paced plot development, first book I've ever read that actually feels like a heist. The characters, all 6 of them, are all equally interesting, all with well set backstories, even though the story has obvious centralization around some characters. It's just truly an amazing book, amazing plot, great twists and turns, with interesting characters and a theme in the book that fits the coined description "heist". Great adventure, dialogue is amazing, lots of action, humor, and overall a must-read book that you won't be able to put down once you get into it.

WARNING: If you plan to read any other books in the Grishaverse universe, please start with the SHADOW AND BONE trilogy, written by the same author in the same universe, as some endings in that trilogy are exposed by plot elements of this duology.

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AZLu
Oct 17, 2019

The most amazing book I have ever read. Every character is just so sweet and lovable, with such distinct personalities. Please write more, Leigh Bardugo!

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happycanuck
Oct 13, 2019

Absolutely loved it. Good character development, much intrigue, fast paced. Had trouble putting it down.

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kate_se
Oct 01, 2019

Bardugo's ensemble cast of young criminals makes this book a stand-out for anyone who loves YA fiction, regardless of genre. This heist adventure novel feels like "Ocean's 11" but set in fantasy-Amsterdam, and with the peril and tragedy of a thriller. And somehow, despite all the high-speed adventure, each character's backstory gets time to shine. Highly recommend.

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nsfvancouver
Aug 09, 2019

This book is AMAZING! I had been looking for a fantasy/heist/adventure type book for quite a while and it checked all the boxes. It was a layered story that just kept getting more and more complex and detailed as I read on, which gave the universe the book was set in a fully realized and realistic feel. I was entranced pretty much as soon as I picked up the book because Bardugo's writing always left me curious and wanting more. All of the characters had rich and diverse backstories and you could see clear development throughout the book. Despite all of this, it was a fairly easy read and had grains of humor scattered from start to finish. There's something for everyone - action, suspense, mystery, romance... you name it. Highly recommend for anyone in need of a good book.

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meganschwindler
Aug 09, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. It was full of twists and turns and had complex, dimensional characters. It reminded me a lot of "Mistborn" by Brandon Sanderson, just geared toward teens instead! Definitely recommend.

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onepandella
Jan 04, 2020

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

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indigo_cat_1356
Sep 16, 2019

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

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Bisknew
Mar 06, 2019

“You couldnt train a falcon than expect it not to run”
-Inej

IndyPL_ShainaS Jan 09, 2019

When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.

IndyPL_ShainaS Jan 09, 2019

It's not natural for women to fight. //
It's not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.

IndyPL_ShainaS Jan 09, 2019

Kaz leaned back. 'What's the easiest way to steal a man's wallet?'
'Knife to the throat?' asked Inej.
'Gun to the back?' said Jesper.
'Poison in his cup?' suggested Nina.
'You're all horrible,' said Matthias.

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shayshortt
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.

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cosettes
Nov 30, 2016

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

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alexandraSchulz
Jun 27, 2016

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

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alexandraSchulz
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

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shayshortt
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.

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Sarah00416
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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