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Lately, I have a bad habit of writing a post and then going almost a month before writing another one. One of my bookish resolutions this year is to be more consistent, so I thought it would be a good idea to write a review of Crooked Kingdom sooner, rather than later. Fair warning, I ADORED this book! As you know, 2017 has been a total Leigh Bardugo book binge for me so far. And just when I think I can’t love the next book more, I do.
Only problem is, I’ve run out of her books. Haha. Bring on the book hangover…
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Length: 536 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.64
My Rating: 5/5
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.
Six of Crows ends on a pretty intense cliffhanger, and luckily, Crooked Kingdom picks up right where we left off.
Bardugo’s world-building is wonderful, and in this book we get to see more of Ketterdam, which was very interesting. Most of the characters are now back on their home turf, but that doesn’t mean that things are going to be easy for them.
There are just as many, if not more suspenseful moments and plot twists than in its predecessor. It was lots of fun trying to keep up with the crew and try and guess what was going to happen next.
We also get way more insight into the characters. There are many more flashback sequences, and Wylan gets his own POV chapters this time around too.
The romance also gets kicked up a notch, and one of the pairings, I won’t say who, because it may lead to a spoiler later on, has now become one of my top ships ever. As in Six of Crows, the characters and relationships are so raw and realistic that it is impossible not to care and or fall in love with them.
There were also some interesting new characters introduced, as well as some cameo appearances by some Grisha Trilogy characters that added to the continuity of the story as a whole.
Crooked Kingdom is also the first book, in a very long time to make me cry. And we’re not talking a few tears rolling down my cheek. Oh no…I mean full on sobbing, put the book down, and actually contemplating taking a break from it. Haha. I don’t want to give anything away, which is why I didn’t mention any character names above. But, boy, oh boy does Bardugo know how to pack an emotional punch.
In sum, I give Crooked Kingdom (surprise, surprise) a 5/5 and I would definitely recommend it. It’s one of those rare sequels that improves upon its predecessor, by delving deeper into the characters and gives the story a satisfying ending, while still reminding us that life can’t always be perfect.
I hope that this review was helpful. I tried to be impartial, but it’s hard because I loved it so much. In fact, I’m currently encouraging everyone in my house to read this series.
Who’s read it? What were your thoughts?