Six of Crows

Six of Crows

Dregs Series, Book 1

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: 2015
ISBN: 9781627795227
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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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.

PinesandPrejudice Jan 21, 2018

This books is just as good as everyone says it is. Get me a t-shirt, I am on the fanwagon.

It was slow going at first -- I had to adjust to the world and to the multiple perspectives. But once I got the hang of it all, I was ensorcelled. Each character had fantastic development, and their voices were unique. Kaz's trauma was one of the best told stories of PTSD I have ever read. Inej's two chapters, where she almost died both times, could have been short stories on their own. Her growth within both those chapters was incredible. The relationship between Nina and Matais was slow burning and was of the best enemies to lovers stories I have read in a long time.

The heist and the plot in general were not necessarily the most unique but I still loved the high stakes, the improvisation, the talents, the growth, the betrayals. I was here for it all. I think what really helped was that I listened to it on audiobook and it was full cast which was amazing! It made the whole world and each of the characters that more alive and visceral. Also Matais's narrator made me swoon every single chapter.

I am happy to have read this book and damn it, I plan on starting CROOKED KINGDOM as soon as possible.

Dec 26, 2017

First title in the Six of Crows duology. Written for young adults.

Dec 22, 2017

Simply amazing! If you like fantasy, I highly recommend this story. My new favourite book! The setting, plot and characters were fascinating - I couldn't put it down!

Oct 15, 2017

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

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.

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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.

Jun 09, 2017

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

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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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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