A word from Leigh Bardugo:
First, a big thank you to the crew at YA Interrobang for being a part of the Six of Crows blog tour! Okay, so I’ll confess that I wasn’t totally sure about the exact nature of “companion reads.” Are they books similar in tone or content to the book you’re reading? Or are they books you want to read alongside your current read? If it’s the former, I’m just going to take this moment to recommend Holly Black’s Curse Workers trilogy. Yeah, yeah, Holly blurbed Six of Crows. But before I ever met her, I met Cassel and fell in love with the magical mafia at work in White Cat. It’s not a lot like Six of Crows, but it’s one of my favorite YA series, and it’s full of cons and shady business.
Now, if we’re talking about books to read alongside Six of Crows, I have to tell you, I’m a book monogamist. Unless I’m in research mode, it’s very rare that I read more than one book at a time. But if you happen to want to dip your toe into some of the books that inspired the world of Six of Crows, you might try The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America, Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists, and of course The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man. If you’d like some insight into the history of Amsterdam which was most definitely a strong influence on Ketterdam, there’s Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City and An Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Cuture in the Golden Age.
You know, the more I write these titles out, the less I think anyone is going to go pick them up. Just go read White Cat and then enjoy all the rompy twists and turns of Ally Carter’s Heist Society series.
What’s on our list this week? Books for fans of Six of Crows! To celebrate the upcoming release of Leigh Bardugo’s magical new book – set in the same world as her Grisha series – we concocted a list of companion reads for Six of Crows. For us, that means books to read if you liked this book.
Or, in this case, books to read depending on which character was your favorite.
FOR FANS OF INEJ
Thief’s Covenant (Widdershins Adventures #1) by Ari Marmell
Why: Badass lady thieves with a deep respect for their gods
Once, she was Adrienne Satti, but now, she is Widdershins, a ruthless thief with a god living in her head. As the city turns against her and her past begins to haunt her, Widdershins searches for answers to the tragedy that took her life from her – and justice against those who wronged her.
FOR FANS OF JESPER
Briar’s Book (Circle of Magic #4) by Tamora Pierce
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Why: Thieves bad with money and excellent with their chosen weapons.
Briar’s gone from street rat to a mage-in-raining, comfortable learning plant magic at the Winding Circle Temple. But when one of his childhood friends get sick, she turns to Briar for help.
FOR FANS OF NINA
The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Why: Powerful ladies who betray men they love for political reasons
When Kestrel buys Arin on a whim, she doesn’t expect to fall for the slave – or for her to be thrust in the heart of a political revolution.
FOR FANS OF MATTHIAS
Illuminae (Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Why: Boys whose ex-girlfriends are capable of saving their world
Exes Kady and Ezra find themselves working together when their planet gets invaded. They’re forced onto two separate spaceships, whose crews are hiding secrets from those on board – secrets they’re determined to uncover.
FOR FANS OF KAZ
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Why: Characters willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want
Violet is a dancer days away from achieving her dreams. Amber has been locked up in jail so long she can’t imagine freedom. And Orianna? Orianna ties their stories together.
FOR FANS OF WYLAN – THE YOUNG ELITES
The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Why: Aristocrats who leave their families and join a group of rebels
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever and is left with strange markings. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts.