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.
This is a thrilling and satisfying sequel to the #1 New York Times-bestselling Six of Crows.
What even was this book? Seriously. This book ripped open my chest and broke my heart into a million tiny, little pieces. I am nothing now. And in the words of Leslie Knope, everything hurts and I’m dying.
I don’t really want this to be a review that just contains me gushing over this book, but… there is only one way to describe Crooked Kingdom and that is: soul-crushingly-amazing. And I will most likely to spend the rest of this review telling you simply why it was amazing and why you should read it. #NOSHAME
↠ The Plot
Leigh Bardugo is a literary genius.
And I aspire to be an author that possesses even an inch of her talent.
I absolutely love the plot of Crooked Kingdom, it is intricately woven and allows enough time for each of the characters to develop. There were so many amazing surprises and twists and turns, all of which throw Bardugo’s readers off balance and scream WHAT THE HELL IS ACTUALLY GOING ON?! And this was especially due to Kaz’s brilliant and mischievous scheming.
I love books that keep you on your toes, throwing surprises left and right. And Crooked Kingdom was definitely one of these books. It was a wild ride that toys with your heartstrings and shocks you with each chapter. If you are searching for a book that takes you on a crazy adventure then I definitely recommend this one.
I am really upset that this series has only two books — but the overall story is beautifully wrapped up in the end. Every plot point that Bardugo created in the first book and the every plot point from this one was ended beautifully. Sometimes the result was tragic, sometimes it was beautiful. But we were given closure with every character.
Kaz is, without a doubt, one of the best protagonists that I have ever, ever read about. Bardugo has done a wonderful job at developing a great main character that I have grown to care so deeply for. Yes, he is definitely classified as an anti-hero and not all of his actions are commendable, but the intentions and the motivations behind them almost make him relatable. There are so many layers to Kaz’s character and as the novel continues to develop, so does Kaz. And I am just left feeling inspired by Bardugo’s creation of Kaz — and so should every author.
Inej has just become one of my all time favourite female characters in young adult literature. Her character is incredibly well-written and so different than any other character that I have read. I love how Inej keeps her faith, her passion and her love for her friends, whilst fighting her inner demons and her own thoughts despite everything that happens in the story. Her relationship with Kaz is one of my favourites, because their relationship is so different from any other relationship in young adult fiction. (And because I don’t want to give away any spoilers, I’m simply going to say: THAT SCENE. That scene that broke my heart! Because everyone who has read this book should know exactly what I meant by that).
Nina and Matthias… oh my god these two just break my poor little heart. I just love these two characters so damn much. I have enjoyed watching their relationship develop from the first book to this one. They definitely make each other better, allowing the other to develop their strengths and work on their weakness. And I think that that is a wonderful type of relationship to represent in young adult fiction. Also, Matthias is probably the character that has developed the most since the beginning of Six of Crows, especially concerning his beliefs and values. His growth has been one of the most enjoyable aspects of the series.
Jesper and Wylan are my favourite ship in this entire series. I love the two as individual characters, especially when we gain more insight on their families and pasts. (The fact that Bardugo decided to give Wylan some point of view chapters was also a major plus!) However, the scenes with these two characters together were probably my favourite. I have enjoyed watching their relationship develop more than anything that I’ve ever read.
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING AND INCREDIBLE AND I LOVED IT.
I absolutely love the Grisha world that Leigh Bardugo created — and this one delves even further into the darker depths of it. It was still magical and intriguing, but it was also rougher and darker and more violent. The Grisha world is almost a character as well, and that just amazes me. Only a great author could do something that incredible.
I really hope that Leigh Bardugo goes back to this beautiful world that she created, perhaps even visit some of the characters. I definitely think it would be possible to continue this series with more books, but I really love how the series was wrapped up regardless.