Six of Crows pdf book Summary by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows pdf book is a fantasy novel written by the Israeli-American author Leigh Bardugo and published in 2015 by Henry Holt and Co.
The story follows a thieving crew and is primarily set in the city of Ketterdam, which is loosely inspired by Dutch Republic–era Amsterdam. The plot is told from third-person viewpoints of six different characters.
The novel is followed by Crooked Kingdom (2016) and is part of the Grishaverse. Nina’s storyline continues in the King of Scars duology: King of Scars (2019) and Rule of Wolves (2021), and the other Crows make cameo appearances in the latter novel.
Six of Crows pdf Book Characters
- Kaz Brekker, also known as Dirtyhands, is seventeen and a master thief with a reputation for doing anything for the right price. He is second in command of the Dregs, and as the mastermind of the group, the de facto leader of the Crows. He has haphephobia due to a traumatizing incident in his childhood and has a limp in his right leg from an improperly healed break. He is described as very pale, with dark hair and dark brown eyes. He uses a cane with a crow’s head top as a mobility aid and occasionally, as a weapon.
- Inej Ghafa is a sixteen-year-old Suli girl known as the Wraith. She is a spy for the Dregs and Kaz’s investment. Her preferred weapons are knives which she names after different saints. Her family were traveling performers and her act was the tightrope, so she is extremely agile and light footed. She is rather superstitious, and one of the most religious out of the Crows. She was kidnapped by slavers and forced into working in a brothel before Kaz bought her indenture. She’s described as short, with bronze skin and black hair, worn in a braid.
- Wylan Van Eck is sixteen, a disowned merchant’s son with a lot of talent for demolition, and the best Crow. He is dyslexic, but is an excellent mathematician, chemist, and musician. He is described to have curly red-blonde hair, and pale skin.
- Matthias Helvar is eighteen, a former drüskelle (witch hunter) from Fjerda who is conflicted between his hatred for Grisha and his feelings for Nina. He is the oldest, tallest, and most muscular of the group, with pale skin, shaved blond hair and blue eyes.
- Nina Zenik is seventeen, a powerful Grisha Heartrender and former soldier and spy of the Ravkan Second Army. She has fair skin, thick brown hair and green eyes, and is described as round and voluptuous. One of her favorite pastimes is eating waffles and she is bisexual.
- Jesper Fahey is seventeen, a Zemeni sharpshooter with a gambling problem. He is described as being tall and lanky, with dark skin and gray eyes. He is a Grisha but hides it to avoid being kidnapped or killed and is almost never seen without his twin pearl-handled revolvers. Jesper is bisexual and good friends with the rest of the Crows.
- Jan Van Eck is a rich man and a prominent merchant who sits on Ketterdam’s Merchant Council. He is Wylan’s abusive father.
Pekka Rollins is the leader of the Dime Lions gang and Kaz’s main adversary.
Six of Crows Book Author – Leigh Bardugo
Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times-bestselling author and the creator of the Grishaverse (now a Netflix original series) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars―with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019) which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios. She lives in Los Angeles
Six of Crows Book Information (Amazon)
- ASIN : B00UG9LC4I
- Publisher : Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); Illustrated edition (September 29, 2015)
- Publication date : September 29, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 7882 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 479 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,329 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #2 in Teen & Young Adult Law & Crime Fiction eBooks
- #4 in Teen & Young Adult Mystery & Thriller Action & Adventure
- #5 in Teen & Young Adult Fantasy & Supernatural Mysteries & Thrillers
- Customer Reviews: 4.7 out of 5 stars 25,767 ratings
Six of Crows Adaptation
In January 2019, Netflix greenlit an eight-episode series based on Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy Book 1) and Six of Crows with Eric Heisserer as showrunner. Bardugo is also serving as an executive producer on this series. Production began in October 2019 with Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker, Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa, Kit Young as Jesper Fahey, Danielle Galligan as Nina Zenik, and Calahan Skogman as Matthias Helvar. Wylan Van Eck did not appear in the first season and is set to appear in the second season, played by Jack Wolfe. The first season follows the plot of Book 1 of Shadow and Bone and acts as a prequel to Six of Crows, setting up a future adaptation of the novel.
Six of Crows pdf Book Reviews
Leigh Bardugo is a fascinating storyteller and in her latest book, Six of Crows, she’s stepped up her game even more. At the heart of the novel is Kaz Brekkar, a mysterious young man who has clawed his way to notoriety in a city fueled by corruption and greed. When Kaz is asked to perform an extremely dangerous heist in return for a staggering sum of money, he calls upon his most trusted compatriots to help. The story is told from multiple points of view and readers discover what led each character to Kaz in the first place, as well as his own shocking path. Six of Crows pdf book is a vivid, entertaining fantasy that boldly captures the imagination and leaves an impression well after the novel’s cliff-hanger ending. — Seira Wilson.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational, beautifully written, action-packed story about a bunch of criminals who will steal your heart.Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2015
After finishing Leigh Bardugo’s epic series, The Grisha Trilogy, I was sad to see it come to an end because it was so engaging and beautifully written and I knew I would miss the Darkling. Now Bardugo has come out with another series set in the same world, same time as the Grisha but with a whole new set of characters. And you know what? I hate to say this, it might even be considered blasphemy, but I found myself more engaged, more fascinated, more intrigued, and utterly in love with these new characters. And the story? It has more twists and set backs and game changing moments than any book I have ever read. It’s intoxicating and fast-paced and you need to pay attention or you’ll miss Bardugo’s multiple sleight of hand tricks. Nothing is what it seems.
The Grisha Trilogy had the Darkling; mysterious power-hungry megalomaniac that he was, all readers agreed the man was sexy. In this series, we get Kaz; greedy, dangerous, deceptive Bastard of the Barrel that he is, despite all his faults and one very weird but ultimately understandable phobia, the man is criminally sexy. Emphasis on criminal, by the way. He’s the guy you make eye contact with in a dive bar who makes you shiver, but you know that taking him home would be one huge, but memorable, mistake.
Anyway, the story is all about the art of the con and is told from multiple viewpoints, which Bardugo expertly masters. Five con artists, led by Kaz, stand to make enough money to buy them out of whatever debt or indenture or brothel or sorry mess they call life if they pull off a most impossible heist. Keeping all the details of the plan close to his ever-present vest, Kaz hires a spy he calls The Wraith, a sharpshooter with a gambling problem, a Grisha Heartrender, a soldier who wants to kill the Grisha, and a rich kid with a penchant for explosives. Combining their various talents, they intend to break into the world’s most impenetrable prison and kidnap the scientist responsible for the dangerous drug that I’ll just refer to as “Grisha meth”.
If all the main characters in Six of Crows pdf book weren’t teenagers, this would definitely read as adult fiction. I never regarded any of them on the same level as the pimply-faced immature high schoolers that run around in my house. All the characters have a hard luck story or monumental event that made them grow up fast. Throughout the book we learn their personal stories, some are incredibly sad and unfair. But, in the end, it’s what made them who they are: interesting, resilient, criminal and ultimately dangerous. Heartbreakers that they are, I fell in love with all of them.
A masterful storyteller and creative writer with a clever sense of humor, Bardugo is one of my favorite authors. As much as I adored The Grisha Trilogy, I absolutely love the dirty and gritty beauty of Six of Crows pdf book. And, I need to have the next book soon.
5.0 out of 5 stars An instant favourite
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 19, 2018
I can’t remember the last time I read a book and fell so head-over-heels in love with an entire group of characters.
People have been recommending Six of Crows to me for a long time now. It’s a book I’ve always meant to get to – who doesn’t love a heist story? – but this year I finally sat back, opened it up and was sucked into the seedy underbelly of Leigh Bardugo’s fantasy world.
As someone who hasn’t read Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy this world was entirely new to me, and I loved it. 2018 feels like the year in which I’m rediscovering my first love, fantasy, after several years of being intimidated by it for a reason I still can’t quite put my finger on, and Ketterdam has to be one of my favourite fantastical places now purely because Bardugo brings it to life so vividly.
While Ravka, which we hear of but don’t go to in this book, seems to be a Russian-inspired country, there’s no doubt in my mind that Ketterdam is a fantastical version of Amsterdam, with its waterways, merchant-run economy, and the entire districts whose cogs are kept whirring by a constant stream of gambling and prostitution. The Barrel, not at all dissimilar from Amsterdam’s Red Light District, is ruled by gangs, and one gangster in particular has Ketterdam in his pocket.
Kaz Brekker is one of the most compelling protagonists I have come across in a fantasy novel in a long time. From the blurb I thought he would be very different to the kind of boy he is, but I love how Bardugo has imagined him; she straddles the line between ‘criminal prodigy’ and ‘only a 17 year old’ beautifully, creating a character who’s had to grow up far too fast and has the dirt of the worst and best of humanity wedged under his fingernails. He’s like that first sip of a bitter coffee in human form. It was also so refreshing to read about a protagonist who needs the assistance of a cane to walk and I’d like more protagonists like this please!
What makes Six of Crows pdf book really sing is its characters. The setting is brilliant and the plot is wonderful, but the characters are what make this book – dare I say it – perfect. Alongside Kaz we have his right-hand woman Inej Ghafa, who was stolen from her home and her family as a child and sold into human trafficking before she began working for the Dregs. Known as the Wraith, she’s an expert at going undetected and is yet another example of Bardugo’s wonderfully complex characters. Inej’s faith is important to her and her morality is something she struggles with when she has essentially become Kaz’s personal assassin, but how else is she supposed to survive in a land that sees her as a commodity that can be sold for profit?
I loved Bardugo’s exploration of religion through Inej and through Matthias, another protagonist from Fjerda, the country next to Ravka, who has essentially been raised in a cult of witch hunters whose own religion teaches that Grisha aren’t human. Like all six of the protagonists in Six of Crows, Matthias has found himself washed up in Ketterdam by accident, beginning the novel in prison thanks to a Grisha, Nina, who serves as another protagonist. I’ll be saying this for all of them, but I loved Nina, too. A child soldier from Ravka, she was forced to work with Matthias, a boy trained to kill her, after the ship they were on sank and they found their way to Ketterdam. Nina is bubbly and vivacious and loves food – who doesn’t? – and I particularly loved her friendship with Inej. There’s no competition between them, just the utmost affection and respect and when I say I want more female friendships this is what I mean.
Then we have Jesper Fahey, another member of the Dregs who loves gambling and guns a little too much, but another character who is complex and, though flawed, incredibly loyal to Kaz. I adored his sense of humour and his shameless bisexuality. Finally there’s Wylan, a boy with a knack for explosives and keeping secrets. He’s the kind of character that grows on you as the story progresses, and once you get to know him you can’t help but love him.
Six of Crows pdf book works because each of its protagonists are fleshed out and such fun to follow separately, but they also have brilliant chemistry as a group, too, which is for the best considering they have to rely on each other to pull off a heist that’s believed to be impossible. Kaz makes a deal with one of Ketterdam’s merchants to break into the Fjerdan Ice Court – a place that has never been breached – and smuggle out a prisoner associated with a drug that, when used on Grisha, turns them into unstoppable weapons who crave the drug more and more and eventually die as nothing more than husks of their previous selves.
Kaz doesn’t take on this mission out of the goodness of his heart to liberate the Grisha who are being mistreated or to bring order back to the world of the merchants, he takes on the mission because each of them will be rewarded with an inordinate amount of money that will pay off their individual debts and set them up comfortably for life. What ensues is a twisty, turny heist story that keeps you guessing at every turn and makes you genuinely worry for the characters’ safety. I love that Bardugo doesn’t make this story safe. Kaz has a plan and his plan has a plan, but when things go wrong – and they really do – these kids are forced to improvise if they’re going to live to claim their reward.
It’s been a few months now since I finished this book and I’m still thinking about it. The plotting and character development is exquisite. I fell for this book and these characters and this world so hard, and it’s safe to say that this duology is now one of my all-time favourite series and this book has definitely earned a spot on my favourite books of all-time list. It was such fun to read, and it reignited not only my love for fantasy but also my love for YA done well. I escaped into a different world where all the threats and the tears and the love and the smiles felt real, and I will be gushing about it for a long time. And I’m not sorry.
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