I’d like to say right off the bat, in no uncertain terms, that Six of Crows is one of the best books I have ever read. Taking place in the Amsterdam-based city of Ketterdam, it features Kaz Brekker, a criminal prodigy, a high-stakes heist, and the team he assembles to pull it off. The characters-Inej, an acrobat-turned spy, Jesper, a sharpshooter with a gambling problem, Wylan, a runaway demolitions expert with a secret past, Nina, a Heartrender who’s magic allows her to kill without touch, and Matthias, a disgraced soldier and convict-are all vibrant, complex, and truly interesting. The plot is well-executed, even when everything that can go wrong, does go wrong, and by the end, you’re truly invested in each of the characters, their lives, and their fates. Trust me when I say you won’t regret reading Six of Crows.
Gemma Turner (Queen's Square Library)