crooked-kingdom

  • Page Count: 448
  • Release Date: September 27, 2016
  • My Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads book description:

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) 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.


My thoughts:

5stars

Well, that was emotional. I love these characters SO much it’s ridiculous! I thought they were incredible in Six of Crows, but that love just got taken to a whole new level. They became six of the strongest, most defined characters I’ve ever seen and I cannot choose a favorite! I SHIP EVERYONE, too. So many adorable ships.

Every single one of these precious characters brings something crucial to the group and the story. And I love how you get to know them so well that they’re like friends… you know their personalities and can predict their reactions. Seriously, I was laughing so much throughout this book at everyone dealing with each other: “Matthias rolled his eyes heavenward. These lunatics all needed a solid six months in boot camp and possibly a sound beating.”

They’ve all grown so much since the beginning of Six of Crows and each have their own heartbreaking journey here. Like there’s the drama of the larger plot’s twists and turns, but then it kind of all comes back to each character’s personal battles. And everyone gets a POV so you really get into their heads a lot more here. Most of them have a lot more backstory, too!

I really liked Inej’s thoughts on the “chosen one” narrative:

“But wasn’t that what every girl dreamed? That she’d wake and find herself a princess? Or blessed with magical powers and a grand destiny? Maybe there were people who lived those lives… but what about the rest of us? What about the nobodies and the nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary.”

I won’t summarize the plot because that would have too many spoilers for the entire duology. (By the way, I would recommend reading The Grisha Trilogy before Six of Crows now because there were some spoilers in this book). I’ll just say that I’m pretty sad satisfied with the ending here… still processing things I guess. I can’t decide if it was anticlimactic or if I just didn’t want that to happen.

Other random things I liked:

  • Inej meets up with Celaena Sardothien Jr.
  • Nina’s interesting new power
  • Zoya and Genya are back!!!
  • Leigh Bardugo’s writing is amazing
  • the awesome world
  • all of the action scenes!
  • that scene by the piano with Kuwei… I laughed so hard
  • characters had to actually grapple with the effects of a gambling addiction, forced prostitution, and drug withdrawal instead of those things being used as plot devices
  • NIKOLAI APPEARS! AS STURMHOND! THIS IS EVERYTHING I WANTED. FIVE STARS FOR NIKOLAI.

Crooked Kingdom wrapped everything up well, but there are still so many stories I want to hear more about in this world! Maybe I’m just desperately hoping for a Nikolai book/series, but I felt like there were a ton of casual comments about Ravka thrown in here that could lead into an awesome spinoff. About Nikolai. Did I mention I’m a fan of Nikolai…

See my Q&A with author Leigh Bardugo!

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7 comments on “Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo”

    • The Grisha trilogy is one of my all-time favorites… I like it more than Six of Crows, but maybe that’s because I read it first!

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