Do not read this review if you have not read Six of Crows because Spoilers!
Goodreads Rating: 4.62 / 5 Stars
My Rating: 5 / 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Recommend to: Leigh Bardugo fans – obviously. If you love dark, messed-up characters and if you love seeing a story from a unique and different perspective.
Welcome to the world of the Grisha.
Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts 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.
Crooked Kingdom is the amazing sequel in the Six of Crows duology. Six of Crows left off with a major cliff-hanger. Inej was taken and Kaz swore to get her back. (I’m going to try not to swoon too hard over Kaz Brekker but it might slip through every now and then.)
This book is full of excitement, scheming and Kaz Brekker’s brilliance. When we start this book the Crows (Kaz and his ‘gang’) are all down in the dumps. Nina is in a constant battle against her parem addiction, Inej is being held hostage by Van Eck, Jesper has to face his gambling addiction and its consequences, Matthias is dealing with his betrayal of Fjerda and the druskelle, Wylan is dealing with his father and his crush on Jesper, Kuwei is just being himself and Kaz Brekker has lost the only person he kind of trusted. Kaz begins scheming right from the beginning of the book because he is determined to get Inej back and to get revenge.
Throughout this book, we follow each character as they grow and mature. Kaz and Jan Van Eck keep trying to out-scheme each other. Making bad deals, making mistakes and paying dearly for each miss-step. However, after reading Six of Crows we know that failure is inevitable and we must trust in the brilliant mind of Kaz Brekker. These characters all have messed up backgrounds and that just adds to our investment in their wellbeing and on-goings. The ups, downs, failures and successes of this novel keep the reader intrigued and invested.
Some of my favorite parts of this book were the romance. Although romance is not the main theme in this duology, it is a slow burn that leaves the reader screaming at the book. The perfect balance of fantasy, adventure, and romance has this book moving right to the top of my favorites list. Although I do think the characters had a major role to play in my serious love of this duology.
Set in the city of Ketterdam, we have the hustle, bustle and thieving (legal and not) taking center stage in this magnificently deprived setting. I have read all of Bardugo’s books and Ketterdam is both my least favorite and favorite place. The setting adds to the excitement of the plot and allows the pace of the book to be the quick rollercoaster ride that it is.
Although I do love Bardugo’s other books – this duology is mind-blowingly unique and amazing. It is my favorite of her books because of the amazing characters and dark setting.
Happy Reading !