Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy, Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone. A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction - if they don't kill each other first.
Six of Crows is the massive new book from Leigh Bardugo, author of the Grisha series that took readers by storm over the last few years. It's officially published by Orion Children's Books on September 29th and can be purchased from all good book sellers.
From 24/9 - 29/9, bloggers in the US and UK will be paired up to share their own Six of Crows-inspired lists, such as six tips for surviving the Grishaverse, six signs you do/don't have what it takes to join Kaz's crew, and more.
I'm really excited to be a part of this blog tour - I'm partnering with US blog The Midnight Garden - and would like to thank Leigh and Orion for organising it!
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A word from Leigh Bardugo...
Thanks for being on the Six of Crows blog tour! A lot of influences went into Six of Crows, and the easiest way to pitch the book has always been ‘Oceans 11 meets Game of Thrones’.
But I think it's also fair to say that SoC has a lot in common with one of my favourite, and most quotable mob films: The Untouchables. This is seriously one of my top 5 favourite movies and no one has heard of it. It's like every dude needs a poster of The Godfather and Scarface up on his wall, but they've forgotten one of the most badass movies ever made. Maybe it's because Eliot Ness, the film's hero is such a total square? (I mean, he's a treasury agent trying to take down Al Capone with an accountant on his team.) Maybe it's because Capone was finally put away for tax evasion and not something more glamorous? Maybe it's because Kevin Costner is universally acknowledged as a tool. But The Untouchables is a phenomenal movie with few moral absolutes, great set pieces, and one of my favourite lines of dialogue ever:
‘You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way. And that's how you get Capone.’
I'm disturbed at how often I use this quote in my daily life. But seriously, though I didn't realise it at the time, Jimmy Malone's philosophy is basically Kaz's philosophy. Fight fire with fire? Nah. You set off a nuclear bomb.
Six Memorable Quotes from Six of Crows
“’No mourners,’ Jesper said as he tossed his rifle to Rotty. ‘No funerals,’ the rest of the Dregs murmured in reply. Among them it passed for ‘good luck’.”
“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.” (Kaz)
“Mattias Helvar was a druskelle, one of the Fjerdan witch-hunters tasked with hunting down Grisha to face trial and execution, though to her [Nina] he’d always resembled a warrior Saint, illuminated in gold”
“Traitor, witch, abomination. All those words came to him, but others crowded in too: beautiful, charmed one. Roed fetla, he’d called her, little red bird, for the colour of her Grisha order.”
“I don’t know what your excuse is, Wraith. I’m the one who can never walk away from a bad hand.” She [Inej] looped her arm in his. “That makes you a rotten gambler, Jesper. But an excellent friend”
“pretty sure most of us don’t have ‘stalwart’ or ‘true’ checked off on our resumes.”
But wait. There's more! Enter to win a Six of Crows prize pack full of US AND UK swag by commenting on all 12 blog posts by 11:59pm EST Friday, October 2.