In the dark, murky alleyways of the merchant town of Ketterdam, a story begins to unfold with a crazy team and a perilous heist. And, it all starts out in one of the biggest gangs, the Dregs. Kaz Brekker, a cripple and the head of the Barrel, the hangout of the Dregs, is back at it again. He receives an offer from Van Eck, a powerful merchant, describing a mission to kidnap a certain scientist. And, not being able to resist the pile of money, he starts to pick out his team.
First, there is Inej, a young woman who has been traded in trafficking but whose freedom has been purchased. Now, she serves as The Wraith, a great climber and spy. And, though she is the right-hand (wo)man to Kaz, there may be other reasons she is joining the mission. Inej’s character reminds me of the song, “Selecter” from James Bond. The whole mood and rhythm of the song matches Inej’s outlook to each task she is given. Next, Jesper, is a trick-shooter who cannot seem resist a game of poker. His back story is slowly revealed as the heist unfurled. Then, Matthais and Nena, a pair with an unknown story, have to work together once again, even as memories emerge from their past. And, last, the newest member to join the gang, and the most cultured of them all, is Wylan.
If this novel was turned into a film, a leitmotif for it could be Henry Mancini’s “Peter Gunn” for its strong espionage-like quality of music. Due to the heist, whenever situations get tense, this theme would pop into my head.
Six of Crows was a crazy whirlwind of a book including an unforgettable heist. The novel was entirely riveting between the obstacles they overcame and how each character grew. I enthusiastically give a 9.8/10 to this Leigh Bardugo story. The only point deduction was the confusing introduction, which only proved to be a small bit useful later in the journey. Be sure to check out this novel as well as the recently published, Crooked Kingdom (second in the sequel), as well as the Grisha trilogy!
-Maya S., 9th grade
Six of Crows is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library. It can also be downloaded from Overdrive.