on September 27, 2016
Also by this author: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising, Six of Crows
Series: Six of Crows #2
Also in this series: Six of Crows
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.
I’ve been putting off writing this review for way too long. The weeks have went by but I still don’t know how to express my love for Crooked Kingdom. I’m going to try, but I doubt I’ll achieve putting my complete adoration for this book into words.
I didn’t love Six of Crows as much as everyone else. I rated it 4 stars, but I probably could’ve went with 3.5, to be honest. I enjoyed it, but I thought the first half was dreadfully slow. I knew that I would read Crooked Kingdom, but it honestly wasn’t anywhere near the top of my most anticipated reads list. The only reason a bought it right away and read it in a timely manner was because of the Bookstagram hype. It gets to me sometimes. I feel so silly now. I should have been way more excited about this book!
Crooked Kingdom does not have a slow start. Not even a little bit. The action explodes off the page from the start and never lets up. The book was so intense at times! I had genuine anxiety for these characters.
My favorite part of Six of Crows was getting to know each character. I sometimes have trouble with multiple POVs but it’s so easy to get into a rhythm with these characters. In Crooked Kingdom we know the characters. We have a lot of back story on them now. It made it feel like visiting old friends. I still loved each and every one of them. They’re all so clearly defined and fleshed out. Kaz is certainly the best antihero I’ve read…ever, maybe? He somehow became even more ruthless in this book and I loved him even more for it. Inej was still my favorite. I just love her strength and level head. I really just love all of them. They’re the band of criminals I would want at my side.
Leigh Bardugo is an utter genius. We already knew that this world she has created is stunning, but it’s brilliance still leaves me in awe. The planning and scheming were abundant in this book. Kaz’s crazy genius plans were what made me love this book. The fact that Leigh Bardugo can come up with these things, with such attention to detail and make them feel realistic just boggles my mind. She is an incredible author.
I didn’t even express 10% of my love, but it will have to do. Crooked Kingdom is going to have a high, prominent place on my favorites of 2016 list. If you somehow haven’t read this duology yet, you must! And soon!