This Crooked Kingdom book review will hold spoilers for Six of Crows ahead, but you can totally read my review on that here.
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.
Crooked Kingdom is the second in one of the best duologies I have ever read. I adore this book and the characters lives, it’s the greatest. Now is usually the part where I spring into bullet points all about how I thought things went down. BUT I’m not going to. I don’t want to accidently ruin something for someone. So we’re skipping, but hold on for a hella lot of fangirling.
On with the fangirling
This book was exciting, it kept you on your toes and at the edge of your seat for the entirety. That’s rare for me, I’ve usually sussed out the twist by the time it happens, and I just couldn’t figure out Kaz’s plan. It’s probably my favourite thing about Crooked Kingdom, and it was so well done. I really have to applaud Leigh Bardugo, she did a fantastic job of keeping the reader completely in the dark with what was going on.
Favourite character, oh my this is a really hard one, I adore them all so much. I would have to say either Kaz (obviously) or Nina surprisingly. Kaz is the all knowing and also the ruthless, and I loved that about him. He never got emotional and if he did there was always an ulterior motive behind it. Somehow it always fitted in with the plan. He makes my heart flutter. Nina was a surprise to me, I never expected to like her, I wasn’t overly keen in Six of Crows, but you know, characters grow on you. She wore her suffering on her sleeve, she was afraid and she knew it, there was no false pretence, and I adored that about her. She was a great character in the end.
Least favourite character has to be Kuwei, I mean he’s a huge character in terms of the plot. BUT for the majority of the book, he spends his time sniffing in a corner desperately trying to scribble notes down. I struggled to feel sad about his predicament. I mean, come on, someone put him outta his misery!
Crooked Kingdom is one of those books where I don’t have an I wish this would have happened. BECAUSE AHHH it was perfect I tell you. Perfect and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise because they are LYING.
READ THIS SERIES. I MEAN IT. GO AWAY. RIGHT NOW. AND START READING.
Have you ever read a duology that made your heart sing? Where you put down the last book and immediately wished for more? Let me know in the comments below.