Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published: September 27th 2016 by, Orion Children's Books
Series: Six of Crows book #2
Genre: YA books
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.
Loved this book so much! It contained everything that a final book needs; drama, intensity, action, love, tears and justice. So sad that the series has ended with just two books. Click here to read my review of the first book.
Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Jesper, and Wylan will forever be my most beloved fictional crew.
First, let’s talk characters! The friendship forged between our beloved six outcasts remain my favourite thing. Not only do the characters have meaningful relationships with their respective romantic partners – they also share beautiful moments with platonic members of the crew. Crooked Kingdom is filled with character bonding and where friendships is one of the main themes in this duology.
Whilst each character has their quirky habits and personalities, the best scenes are the ones where six of them are together, bantering and scheming.
The amount of character development in this book is phenomenal. You get to understand them individually as well as a group and learning about their history and what they have been through throughout the story, just makes us even more so invested in their mismatch family that they have put together.
Aside from its diverse and charismatic cast of characters, Crooked Kingdom also boasts an arresting story line, filled with cunning tricks and plot twists. Leigh Bardugo does an amazing job in describing each scene (action and non action) that it seems like you are there witnessing/experiencing it all with the characters at first hand.
I would just love to have a look at Kaz’s mind! How he schemes his way around things and situations is just amazing even in scenes where you think there is no way out…..Kaz finds a way! And never seems to disappoint.
The plot of Crooked Kingdom takes numerous twists and turns – with alliances ever shifting and plans forever being foiled.