Six of Crows #1. Author: Leah Bardugo.
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
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
Sexual Content: Girl’s narrative: “It would have been easy enough to turn away when they called her names or sidled up to ask for a cuddle, but do that and soon enough it was a hand up your shirt or a try at you against a wall. So she’d always struck first and struck hard.” Boy takes off his shirt to wash in front of a girl (she’s somewhat admiring). Mention of brothels/pleasure houses; one of the main characters used to be (basically) a slave in one before she was freed. Character says, “Would you fornicate with a dog?” In response to a soldier’s wish to take a female prisoner. “There were rumors Wylan had been caught in a sweaty romp with one of his tutors.”
Language: 12 d***, 7 hell, 4 derogatory terms, 1 scatological term, 1 F-word
Violence: Man cuts a boy’s arm to test a (magic) healer. Character non-fatally shoots men. Breaks man’s wrist with blow from a walking-stick. Magic-character orders men to wait – and never comes back, leaving them to die of exhaustion. Character hits man across the face with a brass knuckle. Prisoners are offered a chance to win food, luxuries, by fighting beasts. Man injured by poisonous lizard. Character fights three wolves: one stabbed, breaks its jaw then smashes its skull, strangles the third. Characters let animals loose. Gun-fighting. Character stabbed in the side. Cuts man’s eye, rips it out of the socket, then pushes him into the sea. Characters come across burned bodies of ‘witches’, one of whom is just barely alive; they shoot her as a mercy. Mage kills soldiers by draining their blood – a red mist appearing in the air.