Six of Crows

Kaz leaned back.

"What's the easiest way to steal a man's wallet?"

"Knife to the throat?" asked Inej.

"Gun to the back?" said Jesper.

"Poison in his cup?" suggested Nina.

"You're all horrible," said Matthias.”

Get some sleep, clear two days off your calendar and be prepared to get lost in the dark and thrilling universe of Leigh Bardugo's 465-page masterpiece.

Kaz Brekker, a young criminal mastermind living in the dangerous slums of Ketterdam, gets the deal of his lifetime, promising more money than he could ever hope to spend and all he has to do is fulfill a simple task. Or maybe not so simple. Break into the notorious Ice Court (a military stronghold that has never been breached), retrieve a hostage (who could unleash magical havoc on the world) and survive long enough to collect his reward (and spend it). It's an impossible heist, this he knows, and if he wishes to survive long enough to claim his reward, he will need the help of five other extraordinary people. If there had ever been a team able to do the unthinkable, it would be them - as long as their lies and bitter memories don’t kill them first.

Never has cruelty sounded so beautiful, hatred so sweet. Bardugo writes in dark poetry and weaves light into a world of hurt and simmering anger. (Carolyn Kraus, 8a)