Six of Crows: Book Review

Mariah Flores, Contributor

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is a young adult fantasy novel centered around 16-year-old Inej, Kaz Brekker, Jesper, Wylan, Nina, and Matthias who all team up to break a man out of the highest security place in the world. They are on a mission to do something never done before, with the promise of hundreds of millions of dollars in return. Kaz, their leader, plans and plans and plans but what happens when the plan goes terribly off the rails within mere hours of setting sail? What happens when lives are in danger and people begin to get hurt? I’ll tell you what happens, Kaz Brekker makes it work. But what if he runs out of tricks in the end?

Inej is the most skilled spider there’s ever been. She was rescued by Kaz as a teenager and recruited to the dregs. After a life of being sold to men for money, a little crime with a hint of murder doesn’t sound so bad. She is known as The Wraith, and she’s their spider. Kaz becomes Kaz after his older brother dies and he’s left to fend for himself. He pulled his way up out of the gutter and now walks the streets unafraid. He is known as Dirtyhands, and he’s their leader. Jespers best known for gambling. And losing. There is no bet he won’t place. He’s the gunman on the trip, feeling at his best when he’s aiming at a target. A human target. He’s their sharpshooter. Nina Zenik is a Corporalnik Grisha with the power to make a heart stop, your lungs quit working, or kill you in some other horrible, twisted way. She was captured as a young teenager by a group of people who wanted to kill her. Matthias is one of them. Upon escaping she spent weeks trying to survive and when she made it to civilization she found her way to a new job and befriended Kaz. She’s their medic. Matthias was recruited solely because he was the only one who could tell them the ins and out of how to get into the prison they were trying to break. He himself was sent to prison after being accused of slave trading when he was caught with Nina and the other Grisha. He’s not doing the mission for anything but a pardon. Freedom. He’s their info. Wylan was brought up nicely with all the best things but after his father ran him out of their home he started kicking it with the dregs. He can build bombs and do math like no one else. His father is the man paying them to do such an impossible mission. He’s their leverage. Everyone has a place, everyone has a job. 

This book is great for a fan of action, fantasy, and a sprinkle of romance. Six of crows is a duology, followed by the Crooked Kingdom. It has an age range of 13 and up because of the fantasy violence and drinking, and it can be found in our school library.

“Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”

“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.

“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.

“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.

“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.” Above all, Six of Crows is a book about a group of friends (family really) having a good time, all the time.