Six of Crows

Six of Crows

Book - 2015
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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
Characteristics: 465 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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CedarMill_SabrinaH Dec 07, 2018

Hearing this book described as Oceans 11 with teenagers definitely piqued my interest, and Six of Crows was just as fun to read as the cover is to look at. I'm always a sucker for a heist novel, and this one is fast-paced, immersive, and chock-full of fascinating, diverse, lovable characters.

IndyPL_ShelbyP Nov 15, 2018

This duology is a hidden gem in YA Fantasy. It goes miles above Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy which is also pretty good but it doesn't hold a candle to Six of Crows in terms of story, character development, and more fantastic world building which is one of Bardugo's greatest strengths. Six of Crows has a diverse cast of characters who come together under the leadership of the ruthless Kaz Brekker to embark on a dangerous heist that promises to change their lives if they are successful. If you get squeamish and aren't a fan of violence then this is probably not a book for you. There's so many things I want to say about how much I love these books and how well I could connect with the characters!

Trigger warnings: gang violence, drug addiction, gambling, forced prostitution (described mildly in character back stories...not primary plot).

Aug 30, 2018

My sister begged me to read this book and I gotta say it blew me away. I may have even liked it more than the Grisha trilogy. There was so much happening, the pace was consistently quick and the characters did a fantastic job of making me care about them deeply in such a short time. I loved it and the new conflicts that emerged within the Grisha world.

Aug 27, 2018

This book and its sequel are now my all time favorites!!! Despite not being very diverse in terms of gender and race, the diversity of sexuality in this duology was GREAT!! I overall highly recommend this book and Crooked Kingdom, and hope a third book to this series will be released soon!

Jun 08, 2018

Beautiful storytelling, complex plots and complex characters.
I loved this book and its sequel.
Highly recommend.

MelifluousView May 08, 2018

The relationships in this book made it such a fun read. I kept comparing the characters to some of my favorites from LOST, Leverage, and Firefly. The way Kaz masterminds everything is amazing, but it's the characters that made me put the next book in the duology on hold.

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

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.

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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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