Hey there! I hope you’ve been having a lovely weekend. It started snowing again back here in Michigan and it’s quite blustery – a great day to read a book in my opinion! Today I’ll be talking about Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. This is the sequel to Six of Crows and is the last book in this duology. Please note there will be a few spoilers for Six of Crows in this review. If you would like to read my thoughts on the first book click this link here.
You have been warned!!
Here’s what you probably want to know about the book:
When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.
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 badly weakened, 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 the Grisha world.
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Release Date: 20 September 2016
Edition: US, Hardcover My rating: 5/5 stars
Page #: 546
This was a fantastic ending to a fantastic beginning. It starts you right off in the middle of the action much like Six of Crows did. I loved familiarizing myself with the characters again. I have to be honest – Inej is totally my favorite of the six. Next of course is Nina – I mean how can you not love her and her spirit?
One element that pleasantly surprised me was the multilayered plot line. With the first book it was focused solely on getting into the prison, but with this one there were multiple schemes going on at once. I loved to see how it all tied together and how the characters reacted to each other. When all hope seemed to be lost there was always something Kaz had up his sleeve to counteract them.
There is something I love so much about the world building Bardugo used. It thrusts you so completely into a whole new world that I was intoxicated with a culture that doesn’t even exist. I wish I could visit Ketterdam and the world of the Grisha. It’s thrilling to be part of this world even for a little bit.
Toward the end there was a plot twist I was not expecting. I couldn’t fathom what happened and why it happened. I was happy with the way things before this happened!
Alright, I’ll see you guys again tomorrow!