Mar 23, 2017 - Book Reviews    No Comments

Book Review: CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo

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.

Oh boy. What an amazing conclusion to the story.

Crooked Kingdom picks up right where Six of Crows leaves off, and I think it’s great that there was no “six months later” nonsense, that would have really destroyed the momentum gained in the first book. The plot in this book is a little more complex, and a lot more politically motivated, but no less intriguing. It was a lot of fun seeing everyone turn their skills to a very different type of thievery to what we see in Six of Crows. I also really appreciated the finale, as heartbreaking as it was. I won’t ruin it of course, but to have it end any other way would have been very dissatisfying. I’m still stamping my foot over it though.

“Isn’t that how things are done around here?” asked Wylan. “We all tell Kaz we’re fine and then do something stupid?”
“Are we that predictable?” said Inej.
Wylan and Matthias said in unison. “Yes.”

The character development was also brilliant, for the most part. I would have liked to see Inej grow a lot more than she did, but it’s a minor quibble really. Adding Waylan as a POV character was absolutely brilliant, I really enjoyed getting to know him more directly than in the previous book. I had hoped to see Kuwei play a larger part as a character, rather than a plot device … but then it might have been 800 pages long and honestly, I’m also not sure he could have done more than he did. Just feels a bit like a waste of a character.

Ultimately though, this book was amazing from beginning to end. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to throw it across the room several times. It was just about perfect.

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