Six of Crows

Six of CrowsWritten by Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam is home to gangs and Grisha. Kaz Brekker is the first lieutenant of the Dregs, an up-and-coming gang, with a score to settle. Jesper and Inej are loyal to him and will follow him anywhere. The Grisha are people with extraordinary powers. They can heal and harm, create and destroy, cause storms and calm seas. Their services are always in demand, but they often find themselves as servants to others with more of a different type of power. While their power generally has limits, a new drug makes it almost without boundary, but comes at the cost of instant addiction. Anyone who controls the drug supply also controls the Grisha.

One night Kaz receives a dangerous proposition. He is offered an unimaginable sum of money to complete a seemingly impossible job. He is to free the creator of this drug from an inescapable prison before he is tortured into revealing its secret. It will take just the right crew to pull off the job, and Kaz knows exactly who to recruit.

This story is engaging throughout and has a good balance of action and intrigue. There is violence and killing, but it is not unduly detailed or descriptive. Sexual situations are alluded to, but not described. The language is appropriate, but there is a pointless f-word near the end of the book. Teens and young adults would enjoy this novel. I recommend it for secondary students.

Review by Paul Edmunds, Prevention and Student Placement
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 7-12

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Six of Crows
Written by Leigh Bardugo
Henry Holt and Company
465 pages
Release Date: September 29, 2015
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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