Six of Crows is told from several points of view which adds to the drama and excitement. Kaz is a criminal in Ketterdam. He has a crew that helps him with his capers. He has a chance to make it rich if he can just steal a very special person from a prison in a faraway land. This prison has some of the most sophisticated security precautions, but Kaz has never backed down from a challenge. Especially when he will be set for life if he succeeds.
The Grisha have special powers, but they must keep their magic secret because they are being hunted and killed or imprisoned. Or.. they are captured and given an new drug, jurda parem, that enhances their powers and turns them into weapons. The inventor of jurda parem is the person who Kaz and his team are trying to find and bring to Ketterdam so that no one can have access to the drug.
One of Kaz's crew is a heartrender, a Grisha who can heal. Will she survive the mission to go to this dangerous place where her kind are being tortured? All of the characters are vivid and exciting. The story builds up the tension nicely. My only complaint is there were a few sections that seemed to drag a bit, and this might be because I was so anxious to see what was going to happen to them next.
The ending is a bit of a cliff hanger, and the sequel, Crooked Kingdom, will be released in less than a month. Good thing!
Teens are loving Six of Crows, and I will keep recommending it to them.
Published by Henry Holt, 2015
Copy obtained from the library
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