Book Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

*Possible Spoilers for Six of Crows*

untitledPublication Date: September 27th 2016

Series: Six of Crows #1

Goodreads Synopsis

az 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.

My Rating⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I stan one (1) group of murderous bffs. 

It happened! I finally finished this much beloved duology and now I don’t know what to do with myself.

Where do I even begin to talk about this book? I read Six of Crows last year after putting it off time and time again and obviously I loved it, I totally fell in love with all the characters. I also re-read it last month because I was stupid and didn’t pick up the sequel. I’m actually quite happy I had a year between picking up the final book because like I said, I don’t know what to do now?

The first book was filled with so much action, hijinks and whole lot of stabby-stabby moments and Crooked Kingdom did not disappoint.

My favourite part of this series is definitely the characters who go way past “morally grey”. More like “morally obsidian”. And yet I would die for them all, especially Wylan. I know logically he doesn’t need protecting because small as he might be he is deadly, like a ferocious kitten, and yet I just want to protect him at all costs.

I loved how things brought up in book 1 were not brushed aside in book two, mainly Nina’s addiction from when she had to take the Grisha steroids. And Jespers gambling problem. I felt like neither affliction were villainised which I was very happy to see, and Leigh Bardugo handled both subject matters really well.

Kanej have my whole heart. My heart got ripped out the moment Kaz ripped out that poor lads eyeball back in book 1. I literally keep repeating the “does my tie look straight” moment over and over in my head.

There are cameos from, I’m guessing, beloved character from the original series. I for some reason got excited upon their appearance even though I’ve never read the original series before.

There was, however, one plot point which I wished had been developed more on, and that was the appearance of a seemingly random character into Inej’s arc. I just really did not understand why.

I recently purchased the first book to the Grisha trilogy on my trip to England and I’m super excited to read.

I am dying for more from these characters though. I’ve exhausted all possible fan content online and I’m just holding out hope for a future third book and also the Netflix adaption!

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