Have you ever loved a book so much that you really got stuck in its story and found it difficult to move on? You know it’s done, but you’re still craving more. So, logically, you search for other stories that have a similar blend of characters, tropes, and worlds.
Six of Crows is one such story that seems to have bewitched many readers. It’s become a YA phenomenon much like The Hunger Games, leaving many fans with a book hangover.
Books Like Six of Crows
Six of Crows follows the exploits of a crew of mismatched thieves who are brought together for the heist of a lifetime. They must do the impossible, and save the world while they’re at it.
In searching for books similar to Six of Crows, I’ve focused on considering what most people like about it.
From a not-so-brief exploration of Reddit and other forums, it seems that most readers love the book for its blend of heists and magic. And of course, who doesn’t love reading about underdogs, especially one as compelling as Kaz Brekker!
Below are the 10 books like Six of Crows that feature charismatic gang leaders, heists, and fantasy elements.
1. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Criminal mastermind Kelsier “snaps” and finds himself a Mistborn—a person empowered by the metals he consumes. With his newfound powers, he begins planning out his most ambitious operation to date. With him are Vin, an orphan with untapped potential, and his crew of loyal thieves, each able to access unique abilities when “burning” metal.
But they’re not after riches or power. Rather, they’re off to topple the reign of the Lord Ruler, a ruthless, nigh-invincible figure who’s been dominating the world for a thousand years.
2. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
To the thieving public, Locke Lamora and his Gentlemen Bastards are simple two-story men. A small, albeit competent crew of thieves—nothing much to worry about.
But to the nobility, they’re elite con artists who’ve stolen fortunes from the aristocracy, reducing the wealthy to paupers. The crew is already set for their next adventure, and all it takes is one gullible noble to step on their trap.
3. Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf
Crown prince Lucien wants nothing more than to escape the very court that adores him; no tutor is brave enough to correct his mistakes. And every lady he knows is only interested in finding their place beside him—that is, until the arrival of the carefree, sharp-witted Lady Zera.
There’s just one problem: Zera is Heartless, the immortal soldier of a witch. With her heart under the witch’s control, she has no choice but to obey, and now the witch is looking to obtain a prince’s heart—literally.
4. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Kell is one of the last magicians with the rare ability to move between parallel Londons: Red, Gray, White, and in the past, Black, before it was consumed by its magic. It makes him quite the popular smuggler, taking money from people desperate to catch a glimpse of the other worlds.
But of course, one of his exchanges goes awry and he finds himself on the run. Not only must he stay alive, but he also must stop the treacherous magic seeping into every world.
5. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever that ravaged the nation over 10 years ago. Survivors like her are called the Young elites, hunted by the Inquisition Axis and admired by the Dagger Society.
And in Adelina, both organizations discover powers they’ve never seen before. Pursued on all sides, all Adelina wants is to feel accepted and loved. But with the world turning against her, maybe it’s time she turns against it.
6. Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda
Kira Fujikawa has always lived in the background—bullied by the popular and ignored by her family. She’s also hiding a secret: the ability to see ghosts and demons that haunt Kyoto.
Everything changes when she learns that Shuten-doji, the demon king, is set to rise on the next blood moon. Out of her depth, Kira enlists the aid of seven death gods. But can they save humanity, or will Shuten-doji begin a reign of darkness?
7. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
It is 1926 and Shanghai is a battlefield. Eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai is the heir of a powerful gang, while her first love, Roma Montagov is heir to their most bitter rival.
Their gangs have been at it for generations but as mysterious deaths occur around the city, they find themselves setting aside grudges and working together. Because if they don’t, they may not have a city left to rule.
8. Jade City by Fonda Lee
The island of Kekon is the only place that produces magical jade, which grants those with the right training and heritage magical abilities. And for generations, honorable Green Bone clans like the Kaul family have protected it from foreign invasions. Nowadays, they’re only concerned with the protection and upkeep of the districts under their protection.
When a new drug hits the streets—one that lets anyone use jade—violence erupts between the Kauls and their rivals, the Ayts. The future of the Green Bones and Kekon itself hangs in the balance.
9. The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes
Loch wants something back. The problem is, she’s in jail, and the elven manuscript she’s looking for is in the hands of the most powerful man in the Republic.
To take back her family’s treasure, she needs a team of experts—including an illusionist, a unicorn, a death priestess, a talking war hammer, and a lad with a prophetic birthmark. What could possibly go wrong?
10. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
In the Martial Empire, absolute allegiance is required. This means that to Laia and those at the bottom, any perceived slight is met with execution. So they eke out a quiet existence in the empire’s backstreets.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, she makes an important choice that sees her entering the empire’s greatest military academy. There she meets Elias, the academy’s best student. Both are on opposite sides but may have more things in common than they realize.
What Books Should You Read If You Liked Six of Crows?
No two books are alike, so trying to find one exactly like the last one you loved is a futile task. A better way to do it is to find the books that share similar tropes, character development, and worldbuilding.
All the books in this list exhibit criminal masterminds like Kaz Brekker, silent assassins like Inej, magical abilities like the Small Science, and more. That’s not a guarantee that you’ll love them, but it will ease you into the reading experience.
The important thing is to not treat them as another Six of Crows, but to see them as separate books with their own identities. Give them a chance and you might just find a new series to obsess over.
Cole is a blog writer and aspiring novelist. He has a degree in Communications and is an advocate of media and information literacy and responsible media practices. Aside from his interest in technology, crafts, and food, he’s also your typical science fiction and fantasy junkie, spending most of his free time reading through an ever-growing to-be-read list. It’s either that or procrastinating over actually writing his book. Wish him luck!