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
1627792120
Characteristics: 465 pages :,maps.

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becker
Oct 15, 2017

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

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shayshortt
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.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2017/09/14/six-of-crows/

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BNorquay
Jul 20, 2017

A great deal of fun, with diverse and-- sometimes unbelievably so-- capable characters. At times disturbing, although in all the right ways. I finished this book wanting to read the next, so you could say it effectively did its job.

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Black_Panda420
Jun 09, 2017

terrible and confusing, I didn't understand what was going on at all

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 27, 2017

I am going to give this book a general 4 out of 5, to average out the beginning and ending. It started off with a rather quick jump, new characters and a strange world. It could have used a bit more space to let readers absorb all of it, but maybe that is because I'm a bit slow. The middle was honestly a lot of filler and the six thieves needing time to "get comfortable" with each other. It was a bit unnecessary. Now the ending, that was a power punch. Naturally, things go astray, and it ties everything in a knot that is easily undone, now that the second book is out. But I would HATE for the cliffhanger to be waited on. It's that good. 4/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This book drew me into the sweeping fantasy world right from the first pages. This plot was epic and complex with hidden twists and turns along the way. The main storyline is about a thrilling and action-packed heist. We see six unique main characters brought together with one common dangerous mission. I have to say, I was worried that with six main characters and five perspectives I would be confused. It did prove a little complex to follow in the beginning, but it was very easy to catch on and I found that the different perspectives were very effective. The point of views helped me view the characters equally and allowed me to see their personal agendas and thoughts. The author has crafted each character carefully with incredible depth. Every one of them has their own histories and there is a perfect mixture of sarcasm, darkness, and humour found among them. The world-building is extremely well-written, transporting me straight to the dark streets of the city, filled with thieves, criminals, and outcasts. This novel is fast-paced, dynamic, and exciting. Definitely a book I would recommend.
- @Lumos of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Leigh Bardugo practically sums up this thrilling novel, "Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist." I opened this book expecting the overused trope of the-group-of-criminal-misfits-come-together-and-learn-the-value-of-family. Instead, it gave me so much more. Each character had a unique backstory that complimented their personalities. Leigh Bardugo interweaved the backstories into the story gracefully, when most novels end up with a pile of unnecessary information. Every decision made by the cast - stupid or otherwise - was completely justified and understandable, even when the readers were fully aware of the crimes the characters committed.
The world was one of the best things in the novel. It featured a diverse set of characters from a diverse set of imaginary lands. I was completely thrown off by how the world of Ketterdam because it was so different from ours, but somehow the exact same in other aspects. Seeing the politics, the relationships between the races, and impoverished parts of the world made it seem like it was truly a real world.
My only complaint would be the lack of character development, though like I said, the bad-guys-turned-good trope has been overused so I'll excuse it.
Hopefully, I'll be able to get the next book of the Grisha Trilogy tomorrow.
- @Spectacles of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

mvkramer May 01, 2017

I normally love fantasy heist stories, and I loved a lot of this one. The setting and characters were all very interesting. The plotting and writing just seemed a bit sloppy at times.

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ErikaCh
Apr 07, 2017

I like this book better than the original Grisha trilogy. Less romance and more intense scheme and heighst. Love Inej, such a strong and talented girl. Also like Nina, so brave,fun, and smart. The map on the two first page though, real close to art work. Good read for those love fantasies.

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Gem0620
Apr 06, 2017

Slow start. Took a while to warm up to characters. I didn't see some things coming. By the time they left town I was more engaged. I am anxious to see what happens next.

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ADWithrow
Apr 02, 2017

This is a really fun book. I didn't realize going in that this was set in the same world as the Grisha trilogy and was pleasantly surprised to return to that world.

I loved the characters. Kaz is absolutely fabulous as a criminal mastermind and leader of this particular pack a characters. But I'm not sure who my book boyfriend really is, Kaz or Matthais. I adored both. Coming from such different perspectives but equally devilish and wonderful in their own right. I do feel that I am leaning toward Kaz. His backstory is so compelling and I have always loved the dark and dangerous ones the most.

I can say with absolute certainty that Inej is by far my favorite character. The Wraith was simply divine. She has such a tragic and heart wrenching backstory but was powerful and dangerous throughout. Her (very few) moments of weakness humanized her and gave a lot of depth to her character. I am most interested to see where her character goes from here, in particular as it pertains to Kaz.

Nina, Jesper, and Wylan were all fun for me as well though I feel that the story was really Kaz, Matthais, and Inej's. They rounded out the cast quite well.

I particularly loved the way Bardugo slowly built up the climax to segue right into the next book in this duology, which of course I am going to devour. I actually wasn't expecting to like this as much as a did. I knew it would likely be enjoyable on some level. But the hype was concerning. Typically you'd find that much hype surrounds an ultimately lackluster effort. But here Bardugo has done a great job. I was easy to fall into the plot, easy to follow along, and easy to care about the fate of the characters.

Taking place in a gritty fantasy world in a city resembling nineteenth-century Amsterdam, Six of Crows follows a heist undertaken by a rough but intriguing group of six criminals: a former acrobat captured from her homeland to become a slave, now the best spy of the city; a hardened young man whose ruthlessness and crime have led him, even among the gangs of the city, to be known by the grudgingly respectful name “Dirtyhands”; a still-loyal soldier imprisoned miles from his nation; the girl with powers to turn people’s own bodies into weapons against themselves who happens to have a history with him; a sharpshooter with a gambling a problem and a longing for trust; and an almost hilariously innocent rich man’s son who’s fallen in with these teenagers of ill repute.

This book is utterly amazing. It seems to bridge genres: young adult fantasy, with a tinge of LGBT fiction, as well as a heist narrative, combined with an action plot full of twist after twist. Each of the main character simultaneously makes the reader adore them and hate them. Each plot twist elevates the plot and keeps the reader completely engaged--the book is virtually “unputdownable.” It’s also followed by an, if possible, even better sequel and preceded by a trilogy, letting readers who are hooked dive even further into the author’s worldbuilding.

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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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rosymaplemoth
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

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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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Medina12
Jun 20, 2016

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

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BookNerdoftheWorld
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

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black_cat_1725
Dec 27, 2015

"We are all someone's monster."

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Jun 25, 2017

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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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