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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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Only Hell is worse than living in the Barrel District in the merchant city of Ketterdam! Unless it is being one of the many magical types of Grisha in the hands of a Fjerdan drüskelle.

Seventeen-year-old Kaz Brekker has learned to thrive in the Barrel, but not without much grief and horror. He and his brother had been innocents after selling their recently deceased father’s farm eight years previously and then coming to Ketterdam. A big-city scam left them penniless and starving. However, Kaz is now an important gang leader in the Dregs, but he has ambitions despite having ditched all of his emotions except for his rage.

Kaz collects a group of damaged and lost gangbanger Barrel teens for a special assignment: retrieval of a kidnapped scientist from the Fjerdan for thirty million kruge. Bo Yul-Bayur developed a drug, jurda parem, which enhances the skills of Grishas. It also eventually kills them and addicts them, but, the power the new drug unleashes in them! Kaz wouldn’t have to work for Per Haskell anymore. He would be a merchant boss of Kerch, not just a gang leader of Ketterdam.

The dark underbelly of the Barrel is on full display through the sad backstories of Kaz’s team: the girl Inej, known as the Wraith for her ability to sneak silently and climb buildings; Wylan, the genius inventor and disinherited son of a rich merchant; Matthias, the imprisoned Fjerdan and ex-drüskelle, now forced to help Kaz; Jesper, a sharpshooter with a gambling problem; and Nina, an enslaved ex-prostitute for the Menagerie brothel and now using her Grisha magic openly for Kaz.

Six of Crows’ is a fast-paced read full of hard lives and gang warfare. The story smoothly inserts the gang members’ backstories between the action of Kaz’s plan of breaking into the Fjerdan’s Ice Palace and getting out the scientist. Kaz’s team do not trust each other, and all of them are afraid of Kaz’s ruthlessness. But each will get 4 million kruge - if they survive the heist!
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Reading Progress

October 18, 2017 – Shelved
October 18, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
November 7, 2017 – Started Reading
November 9, 2017 –
page 129
27.92% "I like the characters and worldbuilding."
November 11, 2017 – Shelved as: alt-universe
November 11, 2017 – Shelved as: cheap-thrills-but-i-loved-it
November 11, 2017 – Shelved as: magical-drama
November 11, 2017 – Shelved as: fantasy
November 11, 2017 – Shelved as: older-teen
November 11, 2017 – Shelved as: pseudo-science
November 11, 2017 – Shelved as: young-adult
November 11, 2017 – Finished Reading

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