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Six of Crows (Hardcover)
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This is book number 1 in the Six of Crows series.
This duology counts among the most memorable reading experiences I’ve ever had, and I would give a lot to be able to read them again for the first time. I laughed, I cried, I was on the edge of my seat – I love these characters fiercely.
Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone trilogy gets all the hype that comes with the 2021 Netflix show, but I find the Crows duology to be the best of the Grishaverse. The pacing is fast but the plot remains intricate and the worldbuilding immersive. You’ll recognize echoes in this fantasy world of Russia, China, Scandinavia, Ireland, and the Netherlands and hints of Renaissance Europe and the industrial age as the backdrop for the ensemble cast of characters taking on the heist of a lifetime.
The characters are really what make this so special. Each chapter rotates among the main characters’ perspectives, which I don’t always enjoy, but there is not a single character in this book that I don’t want to hear more from. I will never get over Kaz, Inej, Nina, Jesper, Matthias, and Wylan. The misfit teenage criminals chosen family of my dreams!
Bardugo will leave a Ketterdam-shaped hole in your heart with this one.
—Sara, Longfellow Books
Summer 2018 Reading Group Indie Next List
“An impossible heist, a fantasy world, and a crew of six very different people brought together in their quest for a life-changing fortune. Quietly dazzling in its complexity, Leigh Bardugo’s newest is the type of book that makes the rest of the world drop away while reading it. This book will consume you in the way only a brilliant fantasy book can. With characters that felt so real I wanted to meet them, and an action packed plot with plenty of subterfuge, intrigue, and complicated relationships, this book will quickly vault to the top of your favorite books list and firmly entrench itself there… at least until the sequel.”
— Phoebe Dyer, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
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Meet Kaz Brekker and his crew: Jesper, Inej, Wylan, and the star-crossed Nina and Matthias, on the heist of a lifetime in Six of Crows from #1 bestselling author, Leigh Bardugo.
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.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo returns to the breathtaking world of the Grishaverse in this unforgettable tale about the opportunity—and the adventure—of a lifetime.
Read all the books in the Grishaverse!
The Shadow and Bone Trilogy
(previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising
The Six of Crows Duology
Six of Crows
The King of Scars Duology
King of Scars
Rule of Wolves
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
The Severed Moon: A Year-Long Journal of Magic
The Lives of Saints
Demon in the Wood Graphic Novel
About the Author
Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and the creator of the Grishaverse (now a Netflix series) which spans the Shadow and Bone trilogy, the Six of Crows duology, The Language of Thorns, and the King of Scars duology—with more to come. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019). She lives in Los Angeles and is an Associate Fellow of Pauli Murray College at Yale University.
“This has all the right elements to keep readers enthralled: a cunning leader with a plan for every occasion, nigh-impossible odds, an entertainingly combative team of skilled misfits, a twisty plot, and a nerve-wracking cliffhanger.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review (on Six of Crows)
“Cracking page-turner with a multi ethnic band of misfits with differing sexual orientations who satisfyingly, believably jell into a family.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review (on Six of Crows)
“Set in a world that will be familiar to fans of the author, this book can be fully enjoyed without having read any previous title. . . . This is an easy choice for teens who enjoyed The Grisha Trilogy, Diviners, or any of the Shadowhunter books.” —VOYA, starred review (on Six of Crows)
“an exciting beginning to a new sequence from a fantasy author swiftly becoming a talent to watch.” —The Horn Book (Six of Crows)
“Unlike anything I've ever read.” —Veronica Roth (on Shadow and Bone)
“A heady blend of fantasy, romance, and adventure.” —Rick Riordan (on Siege and Storm)
“Triumphant.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review (Ruin and Rising)
“Mesmerizing. . . . Bardugo's set up is shiver-inducing, of the delicious variety. This is what fantasy is for.” —The New York Times Book Review (on Shadow and Bone)
“This is one book series you want to get hooked on.” —Seventeen.com
“These books are the greatest things since Harry Potter AND sliced bread.” —hellogiggles.com
“Rich, satisfying, and gorgeous, laced with heart-pounding action and pitch-perfect romance.” —Cinda Williams Chima, bestselling author (on Shadow and Bone)
“Completely engrossing.” —Romantic Times (on Siege and Storm)
“Fast-paced and unpredictable. . . . A unique world complete with monsters, magic, danger, romance, corruption, and extravagance.” —School Library Journal, starred review (Shadow and Bone)
“Filled with lush descriptions, intriguing magic, and plenty of twists, this memorable adventure offers action and intrigue mixed with an undercurrent of romance and danger.” —Publishers Weekly (Shadow and Bone)
“Bardugo weaves a captivating spell with lushly descriptive writing, engaging characters, and an exotic, vivid world. Readers will wait impatiently for the next installment.” —Booklist (Shadow and Bone)
“Readers will be rooting for this lonely, tough heroine as she navigates perils physical, magical, and emotional.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (Shadow and Bone)
“A rich fantasy landscape, an inspired magical structure, and a gratifying emotional hook keep the pages whirring.” —The Horn Book (Shadow and Bone)
“Scheming and action carry readers at a breathless pace . . . and will definitely leave them panting for the series' conclusion.” —Kirkus Reviews (Siege and Storm)
“Richly crafted . . . An engaging wish-fulfillment fantasy.” —The Horn Book (Siege and Storm)
“[Readers will be] tapping their feet impatiently for the concluding volume.” —Booklist (Siege and Storm)
“Readers won't be able to turn the pages fast enough.” —Booklist (Ruin and Rising)
“Bardugo is a master at building an action-packed fantasy with extraordinary world-building and complete characters.” —School Library Journal (Ruin and Rising)