Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)

Content Overview

Overall Content



Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking


Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty


Violence, Weapons, Blood, Crime


Potentially Intense Themes


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My Opinion

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5) I loved it! I was thoroughly entertained throughout the entire book. Bardugo was amazing at drawing you in to their lives and making you feel for these characters. The entire book was exciting and filled with twists around the corner. One teen is hired for a large heist and you learn the ins and outs of the job. It felt a little like the Italian Job movie or even Oceans 11. A large focus was a drug that caused huge magical side effects. To me, the characters didn’t necessarily feel like teens, or at least rarely did, but as the story went on I learned they were probably all 15-18 even though some I’m still not sure.

The content was high in violence. There were not a lot of gory details but there was a lot of fighting and weapons. There was not sex but there was a lot of talk about brothels and the women or girls that were there and how this affected them. It was something talked about throughout the book but no details were given about sex. Drugs were a bit more than normal. The book is based on a drug that causes magical abilities to amplify and the heist to retrieve the man who made it. The drug is highly addictive and can be fatal. Language was minimal. Overall, a very adventurous book that I think a lot of people will enjoy. The brothels might be a bit mature for some and the violence and drugs might be excessive for some. Amazon says this book is 12 years old and up but depending on the child’s maturity, I would go a bit higher in age.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)

Leigh 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 is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first. 

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Detailed Content Review


F***- 1

H***- 9


A**- 3

B****- 2

D***- 7

Bas****- 7

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Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking

A drug jurda was a common stimulant people used to stay awake. A young woman is forced to take it.  Her pupils dilate and she groans in pleasure. While drugged she is able to make a man do exactly what she asks. Including picking up a knife.

A young man says he has a lager waiting for him.

Another man would rather stay in his room and drink lager.

One gang member owns a bar and they frequent it often.

A drug, jurda parem is used to help people walk through walls and alter themselves. It is lethal if you don’t have “magical” abilities. But it amplifies any magical abilities to the extreme and therefore they are used as weapons. It is highly addictive.

A man drinks lager. 

A man offers to buy everyone beer. 

Men sip wine at a pleasure house.

A man offers a young woman whiskey before he attempts removing her tattoo.

A young woman and young man drink champagne. 

A man craves a drug having huge withdrawal. 

A young woman gives a group of people a sleeping elixir without their knowledge. 

A man on guard takes a drug. 

A man is drunk, he goes brings a young woman champagne. 

A young woman takes a highly addictive drug solely to get the power it gives her. When she comes down, the symptoms are intense. The withdrawal is potentially fatal. 

Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty

There is a “Pleasure District” known as the Barrel.  One house has peep holes for people to pay to watch others having sex. 

There are brothels.

A married man has a mistress.

 If a young woman doesn’t stand up for herself, men stick a hand up her blouse or push her against the wall (sex or rape is implied).  She has been out of the brothels for two years at age seventeen. She has a tattoo from the brothel on her arm that she keeps covered.

A young man takes off his shirt with a young woman in the room and proceeds to wash himself.

Entertainers have nothing on but glitter. No details. 

A woman examines a young woman’s body on a slavers ship. She wants to buy her for a pleasure house. She examines her breasts and leaves the young woman’s shirt open. 

A woman strips off wet clothes to get warm. A man later does the same and they snuggle together to keep warm. She makes flirty remarks about sex just to annoy him.  Once she says she knows he loves sleeping next to her cause she “feels it every morning.”

Prisoners undress to be checked for disease. 

A man says a young woman looks like more than a little fun and puts his hand low (on buttocks?). A man tries to get her to lie down in upstairs room so he can be alone with her. 

A man admits he doesn’t like just girls, he likes guys too. 

Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood

A man cuts a young boy to see a young woman’s healing skills. He was cut a second time and the young woman was forced to consume a drug before healing him. When successful, a man demands the boy’s finger cut off.  

Soldiers carry rifles.  One soldier shoots out a window.

A young woman gives her knives names because they are such a source of comfort for her.  Her friends carry knives, metal pipes, weighted chains, axe handles studded with rusty nails and guns.

An ambassador was assassinated. He was killed in the bathroom, found with a knife in his back.  When one young man takes another’s guns he tells him if there is a scratch on them he will spell words in his chest with bullet holes.

A group of teens meet together for an exchange and assume some of them won’t live through it.

A young woman breaks into a building through a window.

One gang member is rumored to have crushed a man’s skull with his bare hands, wiped his palms clean and kept on drinking. 

One gang has soldiers standing by with rifles pointed at the opposing group. One asks another if he should put a bullet in his leg.  Instead he has someone shoot his friend. He crumbles to the ground and is bleeding. A warning shot is shot near their feet. One yells to shoot him in the head.  One threatens that another soldier is getting ready to shoot him in the chest. A young woman places a knife at a soldier’s throat and a second one at his kidney. A gun is pulled.  Someone pokes the bullet wound in the man that’s down. A man’s girlfriend is threatened if the opposing gang member is shot. If he doesn’t walk out unscathed then his guys will light her house on fire.  He insists her blonde hair will catch fire first. A young man hits another man with his cane and shatters his wrist. The young man threatens a traitor that he will stuff him in a keg if seen again. A young woman debates on helping the wounded traitor by shooting him and staying with him as he dies or getting a medic.  She decides against both.

One young man tells another that if he thought he was a traitor he’d be holding his guts in.

A dealer is known to be skimming at the tables, they consider taking a finger but know that would affect his game too much so they fire him. Cutting off a finger is a common method of rebuke for dealers.

A dark shape lunges for a young man, he swings his cane but is punched in the face.  He is then poked with a syringe. He is taken and shackled to a chair. While shackled, he wants to pry a jewel from the medic and jab a pin through his neck for tying him up.  He is able to break free and grabs a letter opener to use as a weapon. Guns and swords are drawn on him.  

A young man first was arrested at the age of ten, then multiple times after that.  He feels that when he kills, it’s for profit.

The body of a young man is lifted and taken out of the room.

A young woman hits a man with brass knuckles, twice. Any man that taunts her or comes near her gets hit in some way. 

A young man wants to slit a man’s throat.

An arena floor is red with blood. A large, poisonous reptile is released to attack a man. It attacks, crunching his bones, leaving burn marks where his venom drops and mauls his body while the man shrieks. Multiple men fight beasts.  Another man fights 3 wolves. He slashes one in the belly. He is bit but he yanks the jaws apart and breaks the wolves jaw, then slams a rock on its head, killing it. A wolf bites his side, then he chokes the wolf with chains, killing it too.  

A woman uses magic to cause injuries to a man, breaking his ribs, causing bruises and cuts then made his face swollen and gave him something called fire pox. 

A man straddles and chokes a woman. A man points a gun at him. He feels a sting in his shoulder (shot?). 

Animals are let out of cages. Elephants, tigers, hyenas and more. One hyena is eating a body. A young woman kills a large reptile with two daggers. A boar is feeding in a guard. 

A man jabs his elbow in a man, then walks him with a cane and kicks him. 

A man is found with a knife in his abdomen. A boat erupts in flames. A man shoots two guns during an attack. A group of people fight off others with guns. A man is shot in the leg. A young woman slits two throats. She kills two more. She kills two more with her blades. She is stabbed in the side. She kicks a knife into a man’s groin. Her side is bleeding a lot. She gets out a knife to kill herself so men cannot take her.  She passes out from blood loss, her blood is all over a young man. 

A young man cuts an “x” on a man’s face then pops out his eyeball as the man screams. He then throws him over the side of a ship. 

A young woman is taken captive and thrown into a ship with other captives. 

A young woman (14) was taken from a beach by slavers. She is thrown in a ship and sees others have been taken. One young woman was sold by her brother.  

A man killed a young man’s brother. 

A group of people plan a large break-in and escape of a man. 

A group run across a pyre, 3 bodies charred and burned on stakes. One is moaning. A man shoots the one still alive to spare him. 

A man tells of his family being burned at a pyre. His parents and young sister. 

A young woman chokes a man, he grabs her so she can’t squeeze. 

Magic is used to raise pieces of land, harming a group. A young man uses explosives. They find a man with a knife in his chest, he collapses, dead. 

A man steals a large sum of money from young brothers. Later, one gets beaten, one has his shoes stolen. 

A guard slams the butt of his gun in a young woman’s gut. Three bodies are hung from spikes, bodies beaten. A young man smashes a man against bars, he dislocates his arm but closes his mouth off when he screams. 

A young woman uses magic to close a man’s throat and lower his heart rate to pass out. She uses it to knock down two guards but one falls down stairs, his rifle shooting. She breaks another man’s neck, hearing the snap. 

A young woman is beaten for trying to escape. She is kept in chains for a week. 

A young boy steals candy from another boy then steals his pants. To get a job, the young boy knocks another boy on his head with a rock then cuts his feet. Now he could take the boy’s job. 

A young man has blood on his shirt. It eludes to him murdering the man. 

A young woman makes 4 young women unconscious by lowering their heart rates to make them pass out. 

Two men fight two men, head butts one, one knocks one out by choking him. 

A man breaks a man’s neck then slams a rifle butt into another’s face, hearing a crunch. Another guard is hit in the gut then twice in the jaw. A young woman chokes a woman. 

A man chokes a man making him pass out. 

Two people use magic to drain men’s blood. They move to others and start to drain theirs, them screaming in pain. It changes to them being hurt and they start screaming in pain that magic causes.

A young woman debates killing a boy.

An explosion throws a young woman. 

Men throw a barbed rope around a young woman, man and boy.  Blood runs out of his mouth. 

A group of teens rob a bank. 

A young woman trips a man and breaks his nose with her hand. Then he falls, shears sticking out of his back. She kicks another. 

A man is shot in the chest, he feels piercing pain. A woman is shot multiple times all over her body but she uses magic to heal herself. She uses magic to get men to make other men vulnerable and causes them intense pain, screaming and bleeding from orifices. They fall and whimper. Blood drips between a man’s fingers as he screams in pain, holding his head. 

A man uses magic to crush a boat between two waves. He knows there are people on it. A young woman uses her knives to cut men’s hearts, throats, and spleen as they rush to attack her. Someone gives her a blow to the head and she falls unconscious. She is taken captive.

Potentially Intense Themes

A young woman and boy are in a freestanding cell being watched over, they were taken against their will. 

A Heartrender can rupture cells, burst the heart in your chest, steal breath from lungs, and lower your pulse so you drop into a coma.  

A healer on jurda parem can manipulate people into doing things. One forced a man to cut off his finger. She drowned trying to get more drugs.

A man is found dead, because of the withdrawal or damage from jurda parem. 

Two people fight for their lives in the cold water after a shipwreck. 

Fire pox ravages a city, bodies lie in the street. A young boys brother dies next to him. The body people took him and his brother and put them in a pile of bodies and took them away. His brother’s body was white and swollen. He was waiting for the bodies to be lit on fire. He used his brother’s body as a float to help him get back to land. 

A young man fights drowning. 

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