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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
Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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a teen crime boss plots revenge on the officials who drove him underground

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Criminal prodigy Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first.

The book was really interesting and fun. The plot had a good pace (not super rushed, but it also didn’t ramble on and on) and it was always very captivating and suspenseful. The characters were all complex and likable, with interesting backstories. The whole thing was very exciting and enjoyable.... Read More »

If you're not careful, it'll steal all your time." - The New York Times Book Review

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multcolib_rossb May 31, 2016

All the reviews and raves are correct: this book really is that good. It reads like the best steampunk, street gang, heist movie that you've never seen. Two things you might want to know: It's pretty violent and intense (just the way I like my young adult books!) and it isn't a stand-alone novel ... Read More »


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SAPL_Teens Jun 15, 2021

Ketterdam is 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 heist that could make him richer than his wildest dreams, the only catch is it is near impossible with a high chance of dying. This doesn’t deter Kaz though. He soon rounds up a team of six dangerous outcasts: a spy known as the wraith, a heartender with a love for waffles, an innocent convict, a sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a gamble, and a runaway with a privileged and complicated past. Together they can save the world or destroy it. I really liked how much the characters and conflicts are developed. Each character has an extremely well developed background, which is explained to us through flashbacks, and the characters actions, and thoughts. I also enjoyed how each chapter had a different character’s perspective, because it helped me get to know each character better. 5/5 stars - Serena, SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

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jpkva0119
Jun 03, 2021

Rating this book anything less than 5 stars is unacceptable. The Six of Crows duology is one of the best series ever.

The banter between characters, the world building, the fact that the protagonists aren't even "good guys," everything about this novel is perfection.

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Cameron_Pryde
May 27, 2021

It's not a bad book, but it is inarguably YA and so I am judging it on those merits. For adults interested in fantasy heists, this is a poor imitation of The Lies of Locke Lamora. For teens, I think this is an excellent book, though be aware that it is almost as much a romance as it is a heist novel. Ninth House is a much better - and much darker - showing from Leigh Bardugo, with more fleshed-out characters, and I would recommend that to adults looking to explore Bardugo's work. For adults, 2/5. For its intended audience, 4/5.

JCLAmyF May 13, 2021

Every other librarian I know read this years ago. I'm reading in 2021. Better late than never?

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ALittlePixieDust
May 08, 2021

I loved it!! Highly recommend to anyone who wants a fast paced adventure, some fantasy, and really high stakes. The characters are loveable and the plot was always twisting and turning.

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stellarae1
May 04, 2021

I really liked this book! All of the characters are super compelling and the plot was not super predictable which was really fun!

ReadingAdviser_Dylan Apr 16, 2021

One of my very favourite fantasy series. This is an action-packed duology with amazing characters, high stakes heisting and some really great ships.

Get into it!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 08, 2021

This is one of those books that I recommend to everyone I meet. Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows is a whirlwind of rich worldbuilding, beautifully broken characters, and thrilling plot twists. I’ve heard this book described as a cross between Ocean’s Eleven and Lord of the Rings, and that’s actually pretty accurate. The dialogue was fast-paced and witty, and I loved the little moments of banter between the darker action sequences. What’s really spectacular is how well-developed and intriguing each of the main characters are, and watching them learn and grow throughout the book was delightful. This book is a perfect example of the found family trope, which I absolutely adore. And, as always, Leigh Bardugo’s writing is full of stunning lines and lyrical descriptions. Six of Crows is legitimately impossible to put down, and I can’t in good conscience give it anything less than 5/5 stars. -@Ayama of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board.

“Six of Crows'', the first book from the duology series by Leigh Bardugo compacts everything you need if you’re a fantasy and heavy action lover. The world building is incredible, and the themes in the story focus specifically on the dark elements of society. I found that Bardugo’s story telling has improved a lot since her first Grishaverse series, Shadow and Bone. Her first series was from a first-person POV which limited the reader’s knowledge about the rest of the characters. With her new story-telling style, where she switches POV’s every chapter, readers can truly delve into all the wonderful, complex backstories of the main protagonists. The fact that this story steers away from the “chosen one” trope that is commonly seen in young adult novels was something different and it captured my attention immediately. The characters themselves are very complex and extremely flawed in their unique way, but they banter like any normal teenagers would and their group dynamic was very fun to read. I found that I could not put down the book when I started, I just wanted to get to know more about their stories, and where their adventure will lead them to. I highly recommend this to older teens who are okay with heavy and dark themes, or to adults who enjoy fantasy and heavy packed action.
@joy of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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 Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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eileenhernandez
Mar 31, 2021

Six of Crows presents the story of a group of teenagers who are considered neither heroes nor villains. They are just people who will do anything to survive, in this case even a mugging.

In Ketterdam Kaz Brekker is a thief with a gift for unlikely escapes , and is part of The Dregs, a gang led by Per Haskell. Kaz is proposed a robbery with a fair but almost impossible deal by Jan Van Eck, but he cannot do it alone. Kaz seeks the help of Matthias, a convict with a desire for revenge, of Jesper, a sniper who cannot get away from a bet, of Wylan, a fugitive with a privileged past, of Inej, his right-hand man and a spy known as a ghost, and of Nina, a destroyer of hearts who uses her magic to survive in the slums.

Kaz thought everything would be easy, but he didn't count on the problems of the people in the group. He also didn't count on falling in love, and not knowing how to act on hurting that person.

Throughout the book, there is plot twist after plot twist, the characters' pasts are told, making you question whether you should trust or not. But these characters are just children pretending to be adults, so you can empathize.

Will the crew be able to achieve their goals? At what cost? Will they all be able to survive? What will happen between them afterwards?

I think with a book like this one it is important to not tell any detail beyond an important one. Every word is important for how the book is going to end. It's like the domino effect.

I like this book because I think that the protagonists of the books are always heroes who fight for something good, not that there's anything wrong with that. But in Six of Crows we have a group of teenagers, I tend to forget that detail while reading, that they don't pretend to be good, they only look for their benefit. They are broken people, with pasts that will surprise you. The character development is very beautiful too, and I'm telling you that with the second book it will be bigger. That's why I think that if you like a raw story, with strange names, a well-made imaginary world, and a shocking ending, this story is for you.

JCLSteveC Mar 29, 2021

Heists, plot twists, creative characters, and a gloomy world.

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aval10
Jun 13, 2021

"You wouldn't know a good time if it sidled up to you and stuck a lollipop in your mouth."
~Nina Zenik

The shadow of something dark moved across Kaz's face. "If it were a trick, I'd promise you safety. I'd offer you happiness. I don't know if that exists in the Barrel, but you'll find none of it with me."

For some reason, those words had comforted her. Better terrible truths than kind lies.

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Jesooo
Mar 28, 2021

The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.

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onepandella
Jan 04, 2020

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

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indigo_cat_1356
Sep 16, 2019

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

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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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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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