Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Published: September 27, 2016
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.
My heart has just been taking a beating this fall season, first with Empire of Storms and now this.
Having just completed Six of Crows a few weeks ago, I was anxiously awaiting the release of this book and I was not at all disappointed. The story takes up where it left off, with the gang reeling and working to get what is rightfully theirs. The characters are all still awesome, the sexual tension between some couples high, and the danger is ever present.
During this book, Kaz Brekker really had his work cut out for him and it was again amazing to see how his plans had to shape and reform. Even when you think an entire plan has been ruined, he comes back with something even more longstanding than you expected. Scheming anti-heroes are the best!
Nina and Matthias remained my favorites through this book, with all the analogies to their love for each other (most of which had to do with food the ultimate love). I just get so emotional thinking about them. But really, who can choose favorites out of this crew? All the characters are so awesome and lovable in their own horrendous ways. Jesper is as sarcastic as ever and I love some of his quips back and forth with Kaz.
“Has anyone noticed this whole city is looking for us, mad at us, or wants to kill us?”
“So?” said Kaz.
“Well, usually it’s just half the city.”
The ending of this book ripped my soul out starting around 91%. I cannot believe that it ended that way. Don’t get me wrong, many storylines are wrapped up with a little bow, however it seems that so many other great stories are just beginning. I hope that there are some spin-offs in our future!
Definitely recommend this book, and in general this Duology. If you wanna know more about Six of Crows, the first book in this series, you can read my review HERE.
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