Review: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo
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. (Goodreads)
Genre: YA fantasy
POV: Third person multiple
Read this if you like: Strong heroines, subtle romance, amazing books
Would I recommend to a friend? A MILLION TIMES YES!
THIS. BOOK. Crooked Kingdom was everything I want in a finale and more. It destroyed me and yet left me satisfied and happy. HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?! Though the wait for this book was tough, it was well, well worth it. Let’s break it down shall we?
Amazing. I could basically make this review really short and be like… everything was amazing… but I’ll try to expound for the sake of being more informative. The pace of this book was great and there were so many twists and turns that kept you on the edge of your seat…and not just at the end. The surprises were littered throughout the entire book. Basically, anytime I was like, “oh shoot I really hope that doesn’t happen because I have no idea what they would do..” BAM it happened. And don’t even get me started with the ending. It was a heartbreaking, satisfying, beautiful masterpiece. And in case you were wondering…yes I cried and I have no regrets!
I think Kaz Brekker and his crew are some of my favorite characters ever. YES I SAID IT! I feel like in a book with so many characters in focus, it’s easy for some of them to get muddy and loose their complexity. That does not happen here. Each character was very much their own person with intricate inner workings that varied from the next. I have to say I’ll miss them!
SHIPS WERE A SAILING! One of the things I love about this duology is that the romance is present but it’s subtle. It almost makes it more commanding than if it were front and center, if that makes sense. This book is still very much filled with action and suspense just like the first, but at the same time we see relationships progressing and developing. Basically everything in this book feels like it’s perfectly balanced and was wonderfully executed. Can you tell I’m a fan? I also really adored watching the friendship between Nina and Inej. If anyone were to bring back the BFF necklaces of the nineties it should be those two, haha!
My Thoughts in a Nutshell…
Crooked Kingdom is a FANTASTIC finale to Six of Crows that will leave you on the edge of your seat until the very end and even then you may not be able to sit back due to the shock of all you just read. It had everything I look for in an ending. Basically I can sum it up as… just read this book because it was a whole bunch of amazingness that you won’t regret. Also…waffles 🙂 .
“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”
“You’re better that waffles, Matthias Helvar.”
A small smile curled the Fjerdan’s lips.
“Let’s not say things we don’t mean, my love.”
“Fear is a phoenix. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return.”
WARNING…MILD SPOILERS AHEAD!
Let’s chat about…
I want to keep the spoilers to a minimum because I really want people to enjoy this for themselves but I just want to say one little thing…
Am I the only one hoping we haven’t seen the last of her and her journey????