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Enter the Grishaverse with the #1 New York Times–bestselling Six of Crows.Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows...
Enter the Grishaverse with the #1 New York Times–bestselling Six of Crows.Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows...
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  • Enter the Grishaverse with the #1 New York Times–bestselling Six of Crows.

    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.

    "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

    Praise for the Grishaverse

    "A master of fantasy." —The Huffington Post

    "Utterly, extremely bewitching." —The Guardian

    "The best magic universe since Harry Potter." —Bustle

    "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

    "This is a great choice for teenage fans of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien." —RT Book Reviews

    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 Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

About the Author-

  • Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over three million copies sold worldwide, her Grishaverse 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 of Tor.com and the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and the forthcoming Ninth House. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from July 13, 2015
    When the score of a lifetime presents itself, criminal mastermind Kaz Brekker assembles a crack team of talented outcasts. Their mission: to rescue a prisoner from the most secure prison in the world, so that the secrets he holds can be exploited by the right people. As Kaz and his compatriots put together a daring plan, they contend with old grudges, mistrust, lingering secrets, and deadly rivalries. Naturally, things go wrong once they start their mission, and now they must escape the very prison they sneaked into. Bardugo expands on the world of her Grisha trilogy with this series opener, which marries heist and action conventions with magic and mystery. Her characters are damaged, complex, and relatable, and her worldbuilding is ambitiously detailed. As various characters’ backstories unfold, Bardugo reveals intriguing new depths and surprises. 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. Ages 12–up. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary & Media.

  • Kirkus

    Starred review from July 15, 2015
    Adolescent criminals seek the haul of a lifetime in a fantasyland at the beginning of its industrial age. The dangerous city of Ketterdam is governed by the Merchant Council, but in reality, large sectors of the city are given over to gangs who run the gambling dens and brothels. The underworld's rising star is 17-year-old Kaz Brekker, known as Dirtyhands for his brutal amorality. Kaz walks with chronic pain from an old injury, but that doesn't stop him from utterly destroying any rivals. When a councilman offers him an unimaginable reward to rescue a kidnapped foreign chemist-30 million kruge!-Kaz knows just the team he needs to assemble. There's Inej, an itinerant acrobat captured by slavers and sold to a brothel, now a spy for Kaz; the Grisha Nina, with the magical ability to calm and heal; Matthias the zealot, hunter of Grishas and caught in a hopeless spiral of love and vengeance with Nina; Wylan, the privileged boy with an engineer's skills; and Jesper, a sharpshooter who keeps flirting with Wylan. Bardugo broadens the universe she created in the Grisha Trilogy, sending her protagonists around countries that resemble post-Renaissance northern Europe, where technology develops in concert with the magic that's both coveted and despised. It's a highly successful venture, leaving enough open questions to cause readers to eagerly await Volume 2. Cracking page-turner with a multiethnic band of misfits with differing sexual orientations who satisfyingly, believably jell into a family. (Fantasy. 14 & up)

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  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from September 1, 2015

    Gr 7 Up-Bardugo has created a wildly imaginative story of six young people who have been commissioned to pull off the greatest heist of all time. They are to nab the creator of jurda parem, a highly addictive product that enhances the innate paranormal powers of the Grisha peoples, in the hopes of creating weapons of war that will upset the balance of power and destroy the economies of rival governments. Kaz, the hero of the story and mastermind of the plot, recruits five others to aid in his quest for revenge for the loss of his brother and the promise of vast wealth. Taking what could have been stock characters of young adult fiction-the loner, the rebel, the outcast, and the con artist, the author has fashioned fully fleshed out, dynamic protagonists who will engage and enchant readers. What a thrill it is to return to the world she created with her popular "Grisha Trilogy" (Holt). While the unresolved ending may frustrate some teens, the promise of a sequel will give them hope that this unsettling, captivating, magical journey will continue.-Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK

    Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • DOGO Books Jack - I read this book before it even came out (I got an ARC) and I immediately fell in love with it. The characters, the setting, the attention to detail, everything about it is spot on. Every single chapter is brimming with interesting concepts and characterization. The attention Bardugo has taken to each character's backstory is incredible and the depth of the Grisha world is unbelievable. This made my top five books of all time list without even trying!

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