Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Summary: Kaz, a criminal prodigy with a mysterious past, has quickly risen to the top of the criminal underbelly in the international trading hub Ketterdam. If you need the impossible done, he is the one you contact. And, an impossible, deadly heist is just what someone offers to pay him an unbelievable amount of money to commit. Kaz is up for the challenge so long as he can assemble the perfect crew. A perfect crew consisting of:
The agile spy whose ability to sneak into just the right spot has earned her the nickname the Wraith;
The sharpshooter with a gambling problem;
A privileged runaway demolitionist;
A Heartrender who has the magical ability to damage a person’s internal organs- from slowing a pulse to snatching the very breath from their lungs;
A former witch hunter and convict torn between the need for revenge and redemption; and
The criminal mastermind who earned the nickname “Dirtyhands” because no job is too despicable or bloody for him.
Oh, and one more thing… if the six fail it could have deadly consequences for everyone in the world.
Who will like this book?: This smart cross between heist and fantasy will appeal to fans of both genres. Bardugo alternates telling the story using five of the six main characters’ points-of-view, so you get more of a chance to understand each character’s motivation. That means fans of character driven stories will be equally satisfied with this tale.
If you like this, try this: Kristin Cashore’s Graceling series, Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch, The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard, and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Recommended by: Jen, Teen Librarian