Six of Crows

Six of Crows

Book - 2018
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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,, 2018
Edition: First Square Fish edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781250076960
Branch Call Number: Y BAR
Characteristics: 465 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm

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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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peachie5
Jul 06, 2019

Being one of the best adventure fantasy books I've read, it's interesting that Six of Crows has a pretty simple plot going for it: a group of heroes work together against all odds to pull off a heist that would change all their lives. However, the plot only serves as a means to get the characters interacting in meaningful and thoughtful ways. The characters are the soul of this book, and each one is a pleasure to follow, through their backstories to their decisions that are influenced by the past.

JCLHebahA Jul 01, 2019

I love a good heist story with high stakes, vivid characters, and punchy dialogue, and Bardugo hit all those notes flawlessly. The ending made me so glad I had the sequel on hand right away though.

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SpeedyLlama
Jun 17, 2019

This was an AMAZING book. Each of the characters were incredibly well fleshed out, with a complex backstory that wasn't just explained in the beginning. Although this was my first Leigh Bardugo book (Six of Crows made me want to read her other series taking place in the Grishaverse), it immediately became clear that the author is a master of 'show not tell'. The character's personalities and histories weren't just laid out for you like most authors do. Information was slowly fed to you, and you had to figure out your opinion of the characters, with the exception of when you were reading the POV of a character with a strong opinion of said character (ex. Nina and Matthias or Kaz and Inej). This book was kind of a slow read though. I'm an incredibly fast reader, and could normally read a book of that length in a day or two. However, it took five days, due to Bardugo's writing style, and the complexity of the plot. My only complaint is that Jesper was not nearly fleshed out enough. He was given little to no backstory, and was just sort of thrown out into the plot with every character going, "Oh, he's a gambler." Gambling was just sort of his personality. Even in the description, they called him "A sharpshooter that can't walk away from a wager." He has so much potential, which is just wasted on 'the gambler and person who could be incredibly important to the plot, but then ended up basically a glorified side character.

This is one of the best books I have ever read. I read the Grisha Trilogy before this, but this series has more relatable characters and a fast paced plot. Bardugo's depiction of the grimy city and the dangers in it is amazingly done. I felt as if I was part of the family of misfits. Their opposing personalities and talents make for a great group. I loved the tension ,suspense, and even the well written goriness.

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violet_cat_4213
May 30, 2019

I absolutely loved this book! The characters were fascinating, and the story was captivating. My only complaint is that the plot could get confusing at times, but that shouldn't hinder anyone from reading this book!

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vgempis
Apr 20, 2019

I like to describe this book as Ocean's 11 meets magic and murder. Oh, and with teenagers. More than a fun heist story, there's drama, angst, and a memorable and diverse cast of characters.

While part of Bardugo's Grishaverse, you don't necessarily have to have read the original trilogy to read this book (although it does reference those books on occasion, it's not so often or so deep to leave you lost).

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kmobuckeye
Feb 21, 2019

This is up there in my top favorite books of all time. I love the world this is set in. I love Kaz Brekker. I love all the characters and the adventure they get involved in.

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missq12
Feb 06, 2019

I loved Bardugo's Grisha Verse trilogy and so this series was the next logical read, however I did not enjoy it nearly as much. I found Six of Crows to be slower paced. The book is well written, the characters are interesting, and the characters' plans are intricate, but I think there's too much unnecessary things going on (too much character backstory and too much explanation of the plans) and it just didn't keep my attention. It was not really an exciting page turning read until the last quarter of the book, where it really picked up. I was looking forward to reading the next book (Crooked Kingdom) and was hoping it would start off stronger since this book ended on a cliff hanger, but so far I'm finding it to be slower paced as well.

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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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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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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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