Six of Crows (Six of Crows, 1) - book cover
Literature & Fiction
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); Illustrated edition
  • Published : 29 Sep 2015
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN-10 : 1627792120
  • ISBN-13 : 9781627792127
  • Language : English

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, 1)

See the Grishaverse come to life on screen with Shadow and Bone, now a Netflix original series.

Discover what comes next for heist trio Kaz, Inej, and Jesper -- and the star-crossed Nina and Matthias -- in the #1 New York Times bestseller Six of Crows, Book One of the Six of Crows Duology.

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.

Praise for Six of Crows:

"Six of Crows is a twisty and elegantly crafted masterpiece that thrilled me from the beginning to end." –New York Times-bestselling author Holly Black

"Six of Crows [is] one of those all-too-rare, unputdownable books that keeps your eyes glued to the page and your brain scrambling to figure out what's going to happen next." –Michael Dante DiMartino, co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra

"There's conflict between morality and amorality and an appetite for sometimes grimace-inducing violence that recalls the Game of Thrones series. But for every bloody exchange there are pages of crackling dialogue and sumptuous description. Bardugo dives deep into this world, with full color and sound. If you're not careful, it'll steal all your time." ―The New York Times Book Review

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
Crooked Kingdom

The King of Scars Duology
King of Scars

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
The Severed Moon: A Year-Long Journal of Magic

Praise for the Grishaverse

"A master of fantasy." ―The Huffington Post
"Utterly, extremely bewitching." ―The Guardian
"This is what fantasy is for." ―The New York Times Book Review
"[A] world that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp." ―NPR
"The darker it gets for the good guys, the better." ―Entertainment Weekly
"Sultry, sweeping and picturesque. . . . Impossible to put down." ―USA Today
"There's a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo's original epic fantasy that sets it apart." ―Vanity Fair
"Unlike anything I've ever read." ―Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent
"Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery!" ―Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series

Editorial Reviews

"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." ―

"These books are the greatest things since Harry Potter AND sliced bread." ―

"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)


Readers Top Reviews

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker 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. Oh, how I've missed my angsty YA stories. I'm a sucker for a book filled with twists and heartache. Six of Crows has certainly help fill the Cassandra Clare void I've been in since Clockwork Princess! I've had this book a while and finally caved to the Kaz Brekker hype... And I'm here to stay for it! This book was full of twists and turns (predictable in that I never doubted Kaz always had something up his sleeve). The writing style was addictive enough that it pulled me through the multiple character POVs. I tend to have a habit of skimming through 'lesser characters' POVs in most stories - but I found that I enjoyed reading through all five of them in Six of Crows. I'm emotionally invested in each of the main characters and that's rare for me. They all have their own horrific backgrounds and I can't wait to read through their development in the next book! I'm diving straight into Crooked Kingdom because if my heart is going to be broken - I just want to get it over with! Favourite quotes “When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.” Kaz knew death. He could feel its presence on the ship now, looming over them, ready to take his Wraith. He was covered in her blood. The autumn leaf might cling to its branch, but it was already dead. The only question was when it would fall. A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse. She’d laughed, and if he could have bottled the sound and got drunk on it every night, he would have. It terrified him.
OddsocksRose Quartz
Would you go to the cinema and leave 30minutes before the end of the film? Are you the type of person who watches a TV series and stops before the last episode? You would? Then this is the book for you. What happened to the rest of the book? Really disappointed that this finished with such a cliff hanger. I hate it when books are released and the story finishes half way through. There is no real end to speak of it just stops abruptly. So many questions are left unanswered - I shall not be buying the next book. Disgusted that I paid over £10 for this book - its going straight in the bin.
Anjali S
I had stayed away from YA fantasy for a long time because everything I read started sounding the same and nothing excited me. So I was completely out of the loop when the Six of Crows duology became a revolution. It was only after seeing so many people raving about the series on bookstagram that I finally became aware of the existence of this series ( Yes,I was living under a rock 😐) So I finally yielded to peer pressure and picked it up last month. I was a bit nervous about it because I was not well versed in the Grishaverse and because of the hype. The initial few chapters didn’t do anything to allay my fears. But I hate dnf-ing books and decided to stick with it. And boy- oh -boy, was I glad I did that. Eventhough there was too much of the world and the characters to get used to, once you get oriented, the book is unputdownable. The fact that it is a heist rather than a revolution, which is the norm for fantasy, made it all the more interesting. “No Mourners. No Funerals.” The care with which the characters are created is evident in each and every page of the book. Eventhough I loved Kaz, Mathias, Nina, Jesper and Wylan, Inej managed to borrow a tiny corner of my heart. There are either character driven novels or plot driven novels. It is extremely rare to find a book where both the plot and the characters are both so well developed and well etched that they sweep you off your feet. Hats off to Leigh Bardugo for managing to do that with such èlan. Everything you need, SoC has it. Humor, romance, friendships, twists, turns and lots and lots of action. It as an epic tale of complex characters, amazing word building and a gripping plot. The hype is real people. I repeat THE HYPE IS REAL!!! It would be a crime to miss this one. Stop procrastinating!!!