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"No mourners. No funerals."
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Six of Crows is a 2015 fantasy heist novel by Leigh Bardugo. Set in the world of The Grisha Trilogy, it follows the adventures of six teenage criminals in trying to break into and out of the most secure prison in the world. The sequel, Crooked Kingdom, concluded the duology in 2016; it has the protagonists attempting to rescue a captured comrade and stay one step ahead of their enemies.


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  • The Ace: Each of the crows is this in their own way.
    • Kaz, at the age of 17, is one of the most dangerous and powerful crime lords in Ketterdam.
    • Inej is a virtuoso acrobat, and also a Stealth Expert who earned her nickname as the Wraith of the Barrel.
    • Matthias survived months of gladiator games in the Hellsgate.
    • Nina is a terrifying heartrender, even more so after consuming jurda parem.
    • Wylan's talents are numerous, but his explosives in particular are more than anyone bargained for.
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    • Jesper is the ultimate crackshot, saving his teammates over and over again.
  • Action Girl:
    • Inej is a ninja, spy, and assassin who functions as the group's grease monkey. Known mainly as The Wraith, Inej quickly proves herself effective and deadly.
    • Nina, as the team's main muscle man, qualifies. Despite not being particularly physically prone to combat, Nina can cause opponents to slip into comas, throw up, or have heart attacks.
    • Dunyasha, Inej's even more evil counterpart.
  • And I'm the Queen of Sheba: done by Nina, to express how ridiculous Kaz is being.
    Nina: Did you know I’m next in line for the Fjerdan throne? They call me Princess Ilse of Engelsberg.
    Matthias: There is no princess of Engelsberg. It's a fishing town.
  • Anti-Hero: All our protagonists, but Kaz in particular. It's amazing how much we root for this utterly ruthless gangster, although it helps that he has a Dark and Troubled Past and most of his opponents are even worse than he is.
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  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Kaz keeps his leadership role usually through brokering information, but he simply wipes out the competition in Crooked Kingdom to take over the Dregs. This seems to be the accepted way of things among the Barrel gangs.
  • Badass Bisexual: Jesper, although the exact term used by Leigh Bardugo is pansexual. Nina is also heavily implied to be this and according to Leigh this may become explicit in future stories. As of King of Scars, it is explicit.
  • Badass Baritone: Kaz, though it's a rough gravelly subtype.
    • Can apply to Jesper, too. At least according to Wylan.
  • Badass Crew: The Crows in a nutshell.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Kaz. Bright patterns are popular in the Barrel; Kaz wears well-tailors, dark-colored suits to mock the merchant class.
  • Bald of Evil: Although Matthias convinced Nina to spare Jarl Brum, she did leave him "very bald".
  • Batman Gambit: Kaz's specialty.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Inej, Jesper, and the other girls at the Menagerie all think that Kaz, the Bastard of the Barrel, is hot.
  • Bed Trick: Kind of. Wylan had his face tailored so that he and Kuwei can almost pass for twins. Jesper can usually tell them apart and he kisses Kuwei, thinking it's Wylan, and wonders where the fireworks are. Then Wylan walks in.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Nina. She's the nicest member of the team bar none, but she can kill a man in a thousand different vicious ways.
    • Wylan is a very pleasant person, as well as the team's Naïve Newcomer. He's also the Crows' Demolitions Expert.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Jesper likes to joke, in fact one of the first things he does is tell too many jokes during Kaz's meeting with Geels. He's the team's sharpshooter and useful in a fistfight as well.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Crooked Kingdom features quite a few.
    • Special mention goes to Jesper when he sees Wylan after being tailored back to himself. He'd mistakenly kissed Kuwei and wondered why it doesn't feel right, but when he kisses the real Wylan he gets the fireworks he expected.
    • Matthias has been hoping to save up a proper kiss for Nina at the right time. Nina disagrees. It's pretty spectacular when it happens anyway.
    • Kaz, touch-averse to the extreme, manages a chaste kiss on Inej's shoulder. It's a pretty big deal.
  • Bittersweet Ending: As Crooked Kingdom ends, Matthias is dead, and his teammates don't know who killed him or why. On the other hand, they've gotten their revenge on Rollins and Van Eck, Wylan takes over the family fortune with both Jesper and his mother by his side, and Inej is going to live her dream of rescuing sex slaves and destroying their captors. She even reunites with her parents, thanks to Kaz.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Jan Van Eck's litany of everything he tried to teach Wylan to read ranges from the expected, to the creative, to the horrifying.
    Van Eck: I have hired the best tutors from every corner of the world. I've tried specialists, tonics, beatings, hypnotism.
  • Broken Ace: Kaz is this from the start, but seems to find some resolve after Inej is abducted right under his nose.
  • Buried Alive: in Crooked Kingdom, Kaz convinces Pekka Rollins that he's done this to Pekka's son. Kaz is lying, but he gets Pekka to beg for his son's life in front of his Mooks, then sends Pekka on a wild goose chase to find the grave just when Jan Van Eck needs him to undo Kaz's other revenge plot.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Kaz's whole life has been about revenge, and at the end of Crooked Kingdom, he confronts Pekka Rollins, claims to have kidnapped his son, and offers mercy for the boy if Pekka can remember the name of Kaz's brother. Pekka can't, because to him they were just a couple of marks. He can remember them slightly, but not their names or much of anything about them.
  • Call-Forward:
    • Early on in the book, the reaper's barge is mentioned.
    • She didn't know it, but Nina's speech to Jesper about finding Grisha was one.
  • Canis Major: The isenulf, druskelles' wolf partners, are larger than normal wolves.
  • The Caper: The entire plot of the first book is this.
  • Caper Crew: The Crows.
    • Kaz is the Mastermind, the Pickpocket, the Conman, and the Legendary Thief.
    • Inej is Partner in Crime, the Hacker (in a world before computers, her spying fulfills a similar purpose), the Grease Monkey, and the Burglar. Kaz also makes her act as Acquisitioner of odd items (several of which become Chekhov's gun).
    • Nina is hired on as a Muscle Man (due to her skills as a heart render), but doubles as the Roper and the Con Woman as the heist wears on.
    • Matthias, who despite being the most physically muscled acts mainly as The Inside Man.
    • Jesper is a second Partner in Crime and Muscle Man.
    • Wylan is the Gadget Guy, the New Kid, and a partial Inside Man (he's been to The Ice Court before and speaks limited Fjerdan). He's mainly brought as a hostage, though.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The 2 chunks of paraffin.
    • Jurda Parem.
    • Wylan knowing the Fjerdan national anthem.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In Crooked Kingdom, a young Drüskelle denounces Matthias as a traitor. He later returns to further express his displeasure by killing Matthias.
  • The Chessmaster: Kaz aspires to be one, and though he has his blindspots, he usually is. Van Eck is one too, but he's Out-Gambitted by Kaz.
  • City of Canals: Ketterdam, which is clearly based off of Amsterdam, qualifies.
  • Cliffhanger: We end the first book as Van Eck has taken off with Inej and the money.
  • Colliding Criminal Conspiracies:
    • The Dregs vs. The Dime Lions and Pekka Rollins.
    • Van Eck vs. The Dregs.
  • Color-Coded Wizardry: Carries on from the last series. Nina's red kefta indicates she works with human bodies (i.e. blood).
  • Consummate Liar: Pretty much every Crow is lying about something.
    • Van Eck pulls the wool over Kaz's eyes, leaving him without his reward or his second.
    • To quote Kaz himself: "I'm the kind of bastard they only manufacture in the Barrel." He's lying about that too.
  • Constructed World: As with The Grisha Trilogy, the setting combines this with extensive use of Fantasy Counterpart Cultures.
  • Corruption of a Minor: So much. They're all so corrupt. Particular notice goes to how they corrupt Wylan. By the end of Book 1, the rich boy has broken into and out of the most secure prison in the world, drilled through its floors, destroyed its gates, bombed a bridge, witnessed gruesome death, and sassed his father.
  • Crapsack World: Ketterdam is a Wretched Hive ruled by Corrupt Corporate Executives, ravaged by plagues, controlled by violent gangs, and rampant with human trafficking.
  • Crossover: Genya, Zoya and Sturmhond from The Grisha Trilogy appear in Crooked Kingdom.
  • Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: It's hard to deny that the book presents a certain allure to Kaz and his lifestyle.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Everyone. You're hard pressed to find a single character without a moment that qualifies, leading to a World of Snark.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: Just as it seems that all the Crows are going to make it, Matthias is shot by an angry young Drüskelle who regards him as a traitor. He survives just long enough to find Nina and proclaim his love one last time, then dies in her arms.
  • Dirty Cop: Several members of the Stadwatch are bought out by competing criminal elements.
  • Dirty Old Man: Jarl Brum appears to be this but he was playing Nina.
  • Downer Beginning: Crooked Kingdom is this. New terrors have descended upon Ketterdam, Nina is sickly, the Crows' relationships are fraying, and any hopes of redemption for Kaz are fading as he terrorizes a little girl into silence (so he won't have to kill her) and drowns a man (albeit an Asshole Victim) in the first chapter.
  • Dramatis Personae: Crooked Kingdom ends with a list of the characters from both books, including a guide to pronouncing their names.
  • Dual Wielding: How Jesper prefers to use his pistols.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Kaz is described as downright pasty and freakish by Matthias.
  • Emotionally Tongue-Tied: Kaz cannot tell Inej how he feels, sometimes opting to say ridiculous things like telling her that crows have no manners because she's taken his breath and train of thought. But he can't say that of course!
    Wylan: Why won't he just say he wants her back?
    Jesper: You've met Kaz, right?
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Kaz's crew includes people of color, women, disabled and gay people, including within his inner circle. We don't know much about his other underlings, but from a cursory look at names he has at least several other women hired. Not once in the novel are any abilities questioned due to above characteristics (aside from Wylan's dyslexia in the finale). There aren't a lot of objectively "good" guys, but the respectable, lawmaking force of Ketterdam seems to be fairly white and male.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Kaz knows this fact, and exploits it to tip battles in his favor by threatening his enemy's loved ones.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Several times. Kaz is repulsed at a minor clerk for blackmailing a trafficked prostitute into sex. He drowns him in retaliation, though.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Subverted, as this is proof of Big Bollinger's betrayal.
  • Fantastic Drug: The invention of jurda parem, a drug that increases a Grisha's abilities but leaves them addicted and puts an enormous strain on their bodies, kicks off the plot of the books. Jurda, the benign form of it, is a mild stimulant made from orange blossoms.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: So many, and most are obvious.
  • Flashback: Numerous in both books.
  • Flaw Exploitation: Kaz relies heavily on this. It does seem to be something he has an innate knack for; his first crime was stealing another child's candy and trousers, relying on the boy's shame to keep him from calling for help before Kaz could get away.
  • Foil: Kaz has FOUR all to himself: Inej, Wylan, Pekka Rollins, and Jan Van Eck. Five, if you count him becoming the big brother to Wylan that Jordie couldn't be to Kaz.
    • Inej and Kaz have both created dangerous alter ego identities—Dirtyhands and the Wraith. They are both largely motivated by revenge against specific people (Tante Heleen and Pekka Rollins), and they both have an aversion to human contact due to exceptionally traumatic experiences. To top it off, they both have unsaid feelings for the other.
    • Kaz and Wylan are both natively Kerch, disabled, brilliant prodigies. Both were almost killed in the canals around Ketterdam, and were "reborn" as different people. The difference is that while Jordie wasn't street smart and strong enough to take care of Kaz, Kaz could watch out for Wylan.
    • Matthias and Nina are both patriotic soldiers who would originally do anything for their country, but have to come to terms with the things their country has done.
    • Kaz and Jan are both ruthless, brutal, corrupt, ambitious sociopaths, but the similarities end there. Kaz is aware of his own evil, actually cares for the other Crows, and has several Pet the Dog moments. Jan has a distinct Lack of Empathy and victimizes anyone who gets in his way (even his own family), but regards himself as a noble, pious businessman; he's oblivious to his own true nature.
    • Dunyasha for Inej.
    • In Crooked Kingdom, Inej mentions the Suli belief that a person who commits enough bad deeds creates a shadow who follows them. She believes Dunyasha is hers and Kaz is Pekka Rollins'.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: Played With in Crooked Kingdom. The Crows frame Jan Van Eck for things he never did, but this leads to his real crimes being exposed.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare:
    • Kaz Brekker, naive farmboy turned Bastard of the Barrel.
    • Inej Ghafa, from nameless sex slave to pirate, vigilante, and purveyor of justice.
    • Another, more spoileriffic example: The unnamed teenage Drüskelle. He's introduced as a walk-on character, but manages to do something the more powerful villains couldn't: kill one of the Crows.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: "Jesper Llewellyn Fahey, that is enough!" Doubles as an Embarrassing Middle Name.
    Jesper: Shut up. It's a family name.
  • Functional Addict: Jesper is a gambling addict who still gets his job done most of the time, but his functioning can be put into question. He did drop out of university, and is having to resort to more and more desperate smoothtalking to keep himself and his father safe.
    • Later applies to Nina
  • Gaining the Will to Kill: Kaz killing the clerk at the start of Crooked Kingdom, because he realizes the clerk was the kind of man who took advantage of trafficking victims like Inej.
  • Gender Is No Object:
    • The Grisha make no distinctions between gender.
    • The Dregs, and presumable other gangs of Ketterdam, also seem to follow this principle. Most notable are Inej and Nina, handpicked by Kaz to be part of the Dreg's inner circle based on skill alone. A cursory look at names of minor Dregs features some women as well, and later on one of the snipers that ambushes the Crows at the docks is a young woman. It is mentioned Nina could have become a mercenary.
  • Genre-Busting: The first book is The Caper in a Low Fantasy world.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: This book is one epic example of this in the YA fantasy market. The plot centers on a veritable LIST of topics typically deemed too strong for teenagers: gang violence, prostitution, human trafficking, and drugs. Many of the main characters are criminals with checkered pasts. Notably though, despite the various displays of debauchery happening in the background, none of the main characters use recreational drugs, have sex, smoke, or drink very much.
  • Good Parents: Colm Fahey. He's made mistakes, but always had Jesper's best interests at heart. He may not be proud of where his son's ended up or everything he's done but makes clear that he still loves and supports Jesper.
    Wylan: You gave him someone to run to. No matter what he did or what went wrong. I think that’s bigger than the big mistakes.
    • Inej's parents, too. She says she's grateful they weren't there when the slavers took her because they would have died to save her.
  • Hates Being Touched: Kaz
  • Healing Hands: Nina, although partially subverted in that she mainly uses those skills for very violent purposes.
  • Humiliation Conga: The climax of Crooked Kingdom provides one for Jan Van Eck. His mishandling of funds is revealed in front of the Merchant Council, as is his treatment of Wylan. He loses his peers' respect, his fortune, and his freedom, and sees the son he scorned taking over.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Jesper. While Matthias is also a good shot in keeping with his military background, Jesper just doesn't miss a target he has any sight on. Justified, as Jesper is a Fabrikator who uses his powers to guide his bullets; a hint of Fridge Brilliance as well since all Grisha need to see their targets to use their powers, and the one limit Jesper mentions is he must have some visual to work with.
  • Insult of Endearment: Matthias refers to Kaz as demjin—which means "demon". By Crooked Kingdom, there's no sting in it, just a nickname.
  • It's Personal:
    • Kaz's rise to power in the Dregs is in order to get revenge on Pekka Rollins for conning him and Jordie out of their money and leaving them for dead.
    • Notably, most of Kaz's more violent and impulsive episodes are due to harm befalling Inej.
    • Jan Van Eck comes to resent Kaz, the lowly street thug who always bests him.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique:
    • While fired up about almost losing Inej, Kaz cuts out Oomen's eyes to learn about who lead the ambush, then drowns him.
    • Kaz threatens a minor clerk at the start of Crooked Kingdom. He plans to let the man live, but kills him after he finds that he has been blackmailing a prostitute.
    • In Crooked Kingdom, Jan Van Eck has this technique used on Wylan. He's not doing the actual "interrogation", but seems to enjoy directing it. It was part of Kaz's plot, but Anika and Keeg don't hold back.
  • Karma Houdini: The young Drüskelle who appears just long enough to kill Matthias, then is never mentioned again.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Kaz cuts out Oomen's eyes and then drowns him.
  • Knife Nut: Inej uses a set of personal knives in her work- each of which is named after one of her saints. Kaz always has a few on hand. Dunyasha is yet another example.
  • Lonely at the Top: The only person Kaz has any kind of real contact with is Inej, but even then it's only work related.
  • Loveable Rogue: Jesper is certainly going for this, particularly to Wylan.
  • Love Epiphany: Several, all of which are in dramatic and/or awkward places.
    • Inej has one for Kaz as she's climbing the incinerator shaft.
    • Kaz has one for Inej as he's drowning in an underground river.
    • Matthias has one for Nina that comes to light as she's imprisoned by Jarl Brum.
    • Played more low-key, but Jesper has one for Wylan as they face off against Van Eyck.
  • Meaningful Name: Subverted in-universe for Kaz. He took his surname off of a piece of machinery. It does sound like "breaker", though. Fittingly "kaz" has similar connotations in the slavic languages.
    • Ironically, one of the most common uses of the name "Kaz" is as a nickname for the Japanese "Kazuya", which means harmony and peace.
  • Merchant City Ketterdam is a diverse city that runs on trade and illegal activities.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Per Haskell may be the face of The Dregs, but it's no question that the Dreg's successes are due to the machinations of Kaz Brekker.
  • Military Mage: All Ravkan Grisha are some form of this.
  • The Mole:
    • Big Bolliger. He pays the price.
    • Unwittingly, Jesper.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Both Inej and Nina are forces to be reckoned with, who can be exceptionally violent if need be. They are brought on as the Muscle of the gang, in contrast to the more physically powerful Matthias, who is the inside man, and Jesper who's a metal bending Grisha.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Kaz briefs Inej on his plans all the while washing himself in his quarters, leaving her irritated and flustered. This might have been intentional on Kaz's part.
  • Naïve Newcomer: The crows consider Wylan to be this. If he is or not is debatable- he's good at demo, he's the only one who knows and has spent time around Magnificent Bastard Van Eck, and he knows how to create an immensely powerful acid.
  • The Nicknamer: Jesper. He'll toss out a 'beautiful' or 'gorgeous' at anyone but he really has fun with Wylan.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Matthias turns his back on the Drüskelle when he realizes the Grisha aren't inherently evil. He pays for it when he's killed by a teenaged Drüskelle who's as brainwashed as Matthias once was.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Kaz outright slaughters most of the Black Tips at the end of the first act in order to save Inej.
    • In Crooked Kingdom, Kaz delivers one of these to about ten men at one time, going in with nothing but his cane and a decent suit. Even after losing the cane, he continues doling out crippling if not killing injuries, assuming leadership of the Dregs when he's done.
  • Nominal Importance: Defied with the unnamed teenage Drüskelle who kills Matthias.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: A specialty of Kaz's.
    • Kaz only needs the idea of the plague returning to plunge Ketterdam into chaos.
    • He tricks Pekka Rollins into thinking he'd had his son buried alive, knowing that even after finding him safe, thoughts of what might have happened will continue to plague him. As Kaz says, he could only kill Pekka's son once, but Pekka will imagine his death a thousand times.
  • Odd Friendship: Friendship is a stretch, but Kaz has an unexpected amount of respect and compassion towards Wylan, even arguing that his father would still care for him under cover of a bet, and being a little put out when it turns out he's wrong.
  • Offing the Offspring: Jan Van Eck tried. Twice.
  • Outlaw Couple: Every couple in this book qualifies (Kaz and Inej, Matthias and Nina, Jesper and Wylan), but special attention goes towards Kaz and Inej.
  • Precision F-Strike: There's a surprising lack of swearing in the book, likely due in part to the genre restrictions of fantasy YA. This makes it all the more serious when in the flashback where Kaz meets Pekka Rollins, he says the following:
    Kaz: Jakob fucking Hertzoon. I need to see him.
  • Pregnant Hostage: Alys, briefly, in Crooked Kingdom. In this case it's not the wife who matters; Jan has made very clear how much he cares for his new heir, with Alys being a means to that end.
  • Proud Merchant Race: One of the most distinguishing aspects of Kerch culture and society (which seems to largely be a melting pot) is how much it hinges on trade and money.
  • Proud Warrior Race: War and honor are a huge part of Fjerdan culture, although looked upon fairly negatively. Ravkan culture too has some aspects of this, as far as grisha are concerned.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Kaz tosses a man off a bridge at the start of Crooked Kingdom (he had originally planned to let him live) after he offers the services of a prostitute he's blackmailed into sleeping with him.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After spending weeks punishing Jesper, Kaz finally snaps and delivers a brutal one, laying out his failures, how they hurt the people he loves, and finally telling him he's a loser at everything.
    Kaz: You think you’re a gambler, but you’re just a born loser. Fights. Cards. Boys. Girls. You’ll keep playing until you lose, so for once in your life, just walk away.
  • Red Light District: The Barrel is of the hostile variety.
  • Sex as Rite-of-Passage: He's actually talking about prison, but Kaz alludes to this when talking to Van Eck. Kaz is a virgin though, and likely to remain one due to his aversion to human skin.
    Kaz: Everyone remembers their first time.
  • Sex Slave: Inej was one at the Menagerie for Tante Heleen. It's how she was forcefully taken to Ketterdam. Kaz paid off her indenture so she could work for him as a spy and assassin. A major part of her character is her desire for revenge upon Tante Heleen, to the point of deciding to become a pirate to stop human traffickers.
  • Shed the Family Name: Kaz's real last name was Rietveld, which he shed when he became the infamous Kaz Brekker.
    • Wylan used his mother's maiden name, Hendriks. Kaz was not fooled.
  • Shooting Lessons From Your Parents: A heartwarming version with Jesper, whose mother taught him all manner of practical skills for rural life, especially handling guns. She was a Fabrikator, too, and may have been teaching him to use his powers to control bullets without him realizing it.
  • Slut-Shaming: Averted, as Inej is never made to feel lesser for her past as a sex trafficking victim and Nina has no problem keeping her heartrending therapy office inside a brothel.
  • Strictly Professional Relationship: Kaz and Inej, though they both slowly get their heads out of their arses during the first book. That's not to say it's enough for an actual Relationship Upgrade, though.
  • Suspiciously Specific Tense: On Vellgeluk, after seeing who Van Eck really is, Jesper tells him that Wylan "deserves a better father than you". Van Eck's reply? "Deserved."
  • Sweet Tooth: Nina is very fond of sweets, from her very first scene where she enjoys a piece of cake, to the time she joked about breaking up with someone who didn't like ice cream. She pulls out a bag of toffees on the Ferolind.
    Nina: Kaz said to pack what we needed for the journey. A girl has to eat.
  • Tattooed Crook: The Dregs have a signature tattoo, as do the rest of Ketterdam's gangs and pleasure houses.
  • Translation Convention: A variety of languages, accents and dialects are referred to, but they're all rendered as English.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Inej and Nina are outnumbered by the boys 2:1. Neither are chickified, though, and both have substantial backstories and places in the plot.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Features heavily in both books, as a good portion of the action is watching the crows' plans unfold in real time.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Nina being imprisoned by Jarl Brum, and seemingly betrayed by Matthias.
    • The entire last chapter qualifies. They were set up by Van Eck, there is no money, and Inej has been kidnapped.
  • Wild Card: Wylan Van Eck. Kaz takes him as a hostage, but he ends up taking a proactive position in his own "kidnapping". He proves himself with his quick thinking and skills in engineering and demolitions, and Jesper, one of his "captors" ends up infatuated. What's more, he winds up being useless as a hostage since his father doesn't care whether he lives or not.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Not hurt per se, but Pekka Rollins was very willing to con Kaz and Jordie (and presumably others in a similar situation) out of all their money and leave them for dead.
    • Jan van Eck doesn't do the deed himself but he's perfectly willing to send Wylan away on pretense of a music position, only to have his escort try to strangle him and make way for van Eck's new child.
  • Wretched Hive: Ketterdam. The Barrel in particular.
  • Wrong Name Outburst: Kaz accidentally calls Jesper by the name of Jordie, the name of Kaz's dead older brother during a confrontation in Crooked Kingdom.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Kaz's specialty.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Kaz's final play in the confrontation with Geels is staring down an armed man, telling him to go ahead and shoot, relying on his ability to get inside his head. It works.

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