Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo, takes place in Ketterdam, a crowded hub of trade and barter, where anything can be had for the right price. Gangs roam the alleys, eager to part the naive “pigeons” from their money. Pleasure houses advertise a Suli girl with flawless bronze skin, or a Kaelish young woman with flaming red hair. Gambling dens line the streets, tempting men with promises of a fortune to be made. Kaz Brekker, a man with a serious grudge who can pick any lock, leads the toughest gang in the city called the Dregs. He earned the nickname “Dirtyhands,” willing to take on any job for the right price. So when a valuable Shu scientist is kidnapped and held in the infamous Ice Court, he jumps at a chance for riches and revenge, and takes a job to smuggle the scientist out of the prison. He gathers a crew of misfits and criminals with more than a few faults, and they embark on a journey across the ocean to Fjerda, where the Ice Court is crawling with soldiers and rival gangs looking to snatch the Shu scientist before Kaz can. Can they penetrate the impenetrable fortress and make millions? Will they make it out at all
Leigh Bardugo is a fantastic author who makes characters come alive in her book, Six of Crows. She confronts truth and the cruelty of the world in a beautifully blunt way. The action of the story barrels on at a relentless pace, hiding twists and turns in the plot. I couldn’t put this book down. It is a wonderful story about what really matters in life and finding humanity among monsters. I would definitely recommend this book to young adult and teen readers with a taste for fantasy and action, with a rating of five out of five stars. This book was amazing!
Book Review by Mackenzie Savage