Six of Crows

Six of Crows

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"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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627792127
Branch Call Number: YA BAR
Characteristics: 465 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm


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Jan 24, 2021

I loved this book. It reached the point where I regretted there weren't enough hours in the day, as in I actively got angry that my body needed sleep. I think at one point I yelled at my eyes for reading too slowly. The plot was fun, and the pacing was an art. I found myself shaking angry fists at characters but never once wanting anyone to get killed off—a rarity in YA fantasy, lol

The characters themselves were fun and incredibly flawed, but their flaws made them layered, believable. Sure, sometimes they're magicking and scaling walls mysteriously, but I can overlook teenagers developing badass skills in short periods of time (especially in YA). What made them interesting to me was that each character knew their friends had flaws (and more importantly, that they themselves had flaws), which gave them a lot of opportunities to grow as the story progressed. I loved being part of their journey.

What I really appreciated in Six of Crows was that romance never took center stage. While there are definitely feels between characters, it is generally understood that there are really, really important things that need to be done. In high-stakes fantasy, where the fate of the world depends on a group of characters, I definitely don't want to be reading about love triangles and petty grudges ("oooh she's talking to him, so I'll stop talking to her"). In Six of Crows, any romantic tensions/buildup were well timed and well placed. I appreciated that feelings were based on trust, past history, and mutual acceptance of flaws—it made it raw, realistic, and most of all, relatable.

It took a couple of chapters to get really invested in the story, but you can't appreciate the plunge of a roller coaster without the slow, terrifying rise to the top. And once this book kicked off, it was a wild ride!

Jan 21, 2021

'Six of Crows' is a novel by Leigh Bardugo. Here is a brief summary of the plot - Kaz Brekker is known as Ketterdam’s criminal prodigy. If there’s one person that needs to be feared, it’s Kaz. When Kaz is offered the heist of his dreams, one that could make him extremely rich, he decides to take it. But it won’t be easy. He and his crew have to break into the most heavily protected prison in their area in order to get their prize. This book is appropriate for readers above the age of 14. This is because while there isn’t a lot of adult content, there is a lot of violence in the novel. This can be scary to some younger readers. There is also a lot of tragedy that is mentioned, which can be off-putting to some younger readers. Some of the concepts can also be confusing for younger readers and there is a lot of connection of topics that have to happen which is better done by more mature readers. Brothels are also mentioned a various number of times, which is a topic that young readers shouldn’t be exposed to. There is quite a bit of violence in this novel. There is a scene where two sides get into a fight with guns and bombs. Blood and injuries are mentioned as well. Some of the crew members are magical and they have powers that can greatly injure other people. One of the members has the ability to manipulate the hearts of other people and another has the ability to suck the blood out of people. Vivid descriptions of various other injuries are described as well, such as stabbing, blinding of people, and more. There is not a lot of adult content in this novel, but there are a few things. Brothels are mentioned various times during the story, and men are seen to be talking about women as objects. There is one scene where two characters of opposite genders remove their clothes in order to avoid hypothermia. Here's my take on it - I decided to finally read this popular novel because I thought that it was about time I got caught up on it! I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting but I do have to say that I enjoyed it. It was a little boring at times, but ultimately, it was a good mix of action, mystery, and thriller, genres that I enjoy a lot!

LoganLib_Sheridan Jan 11, 2021

Oh my God I love this book! It is a beautiful diverse team heist book where we get to meet the amazing Dregs crew of Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Wylan, Nina and Mattias as we get chapters from each characters perspective throughout the book.

The representation in this book is truly well done. Let's start with Kaz, the lead of this crew, con-man and lock-pick extraordinaire. Also, I wouldn't play a game of cards with him. He may have a weak leg and use a cane but do not let that fool you or you may end up hurt though you're probably more likely to lose your life savings.

Then there's Inej, his partner in crime. A Suli (gypsy people with olive skin colouring) girl sold to a brothel where she was found by Kaz she is the graceful queen of the highwire. Combine grace and love of heights and you have a quiet shadow that can listen in to all the secrets of the rich merchants in Keterdam.

Next is Jesper, with a beautiful Zemini (think Southern and black) baritone and tall lanky frame. He can't turn down a bad idea, a fight or a certain merchling. Good thing he's a sharpshooter and good in most scrapes, just don't let him near a gambling den. We'll leave the last problem up to the merchling.

Speaking of merchlings. Wylan, a merchling, otherwise known as a mercher's son is unable to read and therefore considered by his father as a disappointment unable and unworthy of taking over the family business. Too bad his father overlooked his talents in music, art, engineering and chemistry. He's pretty goddamn smart.

Nina is a patriotic Ravkan, a former soldier of the second order and proud greisha. It's really too bad the only one for her is a Fjerdan Druskilla (greisha hunter) though she's happy to flirt with anything in front of her. Nina loves food and won't apologise for it.

Mattias is a also a patriotic Fjerdan, a Druskilla who has been brought up on religious zealotry. When Nina barrels through his walls he questions the purity of his leaders and beliefs. He is still entirely unsure how he became a part of this group and why he's still there.

The backstories of these amazing characters is interwoven throughout the main story as you watch them achieve amazing feats. This is one of my favourites (can you tell?) and I am looking forward to joining the dregs soon ;)

Jan 05, 2021

“A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse.” (Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows)
A crew of six, and an almost impossible task. It would be an impossible task for anyone, unless you’re Kaz Brekker, aka Dirtyhands. Kaz recruits five more to help undertake this mission. As the six of them set off on a journey, they learn what it takes to be a crew and how to work with each other.
This book was phenomenally written and was such an amazing read. Each twist and turn of the book was so interesting that I could not put the book down.

Nov 29, 2020

*This is a spoiler free review

I am not one to typically enjoy fantasy novels. In fact, I tried reading Six of Crows about a year ago and didn’t make it past 60 pages. Although, I picked it up again about a week ago and could not put it down. I will admit, the first 80 pages or so are quite hard to get through, but once you get past it and have a feel for the Grishaverse, oh man it gets good.

The character and world building in this story is amazing. It is phenomenal that Bardugo made such well developed characters, each with an interesting backstory. Each and every character’s perspectives were enjoyable to read. Everything from the fantasy, to the romance, to the action was just perfect. I cannot wait to read the sequel.

I definitely recommend giving Six of Crows a try.

Nov 23, 2020

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Oct 14, 2020

This is actually beautiful. An add on to the Grishaverse series is perfect, however you don't need to read the series to read this one. Very action-packed, I can not find a single chill moment in this book. I could not give any feedback it just has so many different characters and its plot is built so well (Though if you were to try you can find a few plotholes). There's so much background/lore to this thing that the author could make at least 10 more trilogies adding on to this one. There's basically something for everyone in this book with so painfully real characters that I think everyone can relate to. A 100% reccomend from me.

Sep 26, 2020

The amount of description and lore that Six of Crows has is impressive! In this novel, a
ragtag group of teenagers work together to pull off an important heist. I found it action-packed and attention-gripping despite the fact that I was not introduced to the other books. Six of Crows is part of a series that spreads over a certain timeline, so although it can be read as standalone novel, the environment may be a little hard to follow in the beginning of the story. As mentioned in other reviews, each of the characters are unique in their own ways and their strengths and flaws are incredibly realistic. The amount of diversity in Six of Crows helps contribute to the overall amazing plot. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels with extensive and well-thought out worlds.

Sep 05, 2020

This books world building is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. The author knows her world. She could almost live in it. The book is a little dark but a really good story. Your characters are not your typical cast but work for the story that is told. Very good story and even better world building.

Aug 08, 2020

Six of Crows (as well as its sequel Crooked Kingdom) by Leigh Bardugo is honestly the best series I’ve ever read. I started the book with high hopes because I’d heard so much good feedback, and it absolutely exceeded my expectations. In the novel, the government of Ketterdam hires a criminal named Kaz Brekker to rescue Bo Yul-Bayur. The scientist is being held in the Ice Court, a Fjerdan prison so secure that trying to invade it would be a suicide mission. However, the promised amount of money is more than enough for Kaz to form a team of misfits and make a plan. Every aspect of the novel is amazingly well-written. The setting is a fictional world that the author created with detailed descriptions of each city and some fantasy aspects (like Grisha who have magical powers). The storyline is totally unexpected with plot twists that always kept me on the edge of my seat and eager to know what comes next. While there is some romance, it’s covered very well and adds to the plot. Personally, my favourite part of the novel is the amazing characters. It’s difficult to write a diverse and interesting main character, but Leigh Bardugo managed to create six of them! The characters all vary in race/ethnicity, religion, and sexuality; and they deal with various disabilities and traumatic backgrounds. As an Indian, I’ve searched so long for proper representation, and this book does not disappoint! To sum it up, the Six of Crows duology contains all the humorous dialogue and romance of a good young adult novel with a thrilling plot that appeals to all ages.

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Jan 04, 2020

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

Sep 16, 2019

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

Mar 06, 2019

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

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.

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.

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

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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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