Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Hi, I am Sarah. I am fourteen years old and an avid reader; it is one of my favorite things to do. Inspired by authors’ creations of magnificent places and surprising havens built by simple letters, I aspire to be an author and, meanwhile, nurture the love to write.
Ketterdam is a city of kill-or-be-killed, where the only god honored is profit and the only moral is the one that suits the job. Located on the island nation of Kerch, it’s a bustling center of commerce and crime. Within its boundaries are the makings of an unlikely team: Kaz Brekker, master thief; Inej Ghafa, acrobat turned spy; Jesper Fahey, a sharpshooter with a gambling addiction; Nina Zenik, Grisha Heartrender; Matthias Helvar, witch-hunter and convict; and Wylan Van Eck, demolition expert.
Beyond the borders of Kerch, a dangerous drug is brewing. Jurda parem, a concoction that only affects those born with Grisha powers, could entirely change the world as known. The only person who knows the exact recipe? A hostage of the Scandinavian-based nation of Fjerda, held in the securest prison in the world. The only team who may have a chance of breaking him out before it’s too late? You got it: Kaz Brekker and his crazy team.
Six of Crows by Leah Bardugo is the first book in the second series in the Grishaverse. This duology stands alone, or it can be read after the Shadow and Bone series. It’s one of my favorite books by far, mostly because of how it swallows you into the story, the world fleshed in full color around you, the characters incredibly well-developed. It subverts the hero’s journey narrative, but it’s not just a heist plotline. It’s so much more. And you’ll only find out if you read it too.