Title: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publication: September 27th, 2016
Rating: 4 crowns
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.
Crooked Kingdom is the adventurous sequel to Six of Crows, both of which are written by Leigh Bardugo. This book is the last of the duology, and has solidified my opinion towards Bardugo’s writing. It is clear that she is a wonderful writer, who is not afraid to explore the unknown and make YA different and interesting. Her books do not follow any YA trends. She sets her own trends!
Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom include a cast of characters who each have their own distinct voice, which was really nice to read. It is highly difficult to prevent different voices from blending together, and Bardugo did a great job of defeating that difficult task. Crooked Kingdom follows the six main characters on one crazy, fun, and funny rollercoaster! Along with them, they have taken the world’s most sought-after boy—one who has the potential to change the world with his knowledge about a powerful drug. With this boy, the group goes after the money they were promised with a thirst for revenge!
Like I said, this book is rollercoaster. There is always some action happening or some new secret revealed. Kaz, who is the so-called leader of this group, is always either strategizing his next move or has it prepared. He is sneaky, intelligent, and skilled in problem-solving and investigating. His fellow colleagues have grown to not be surprised by Kaz and his plans. That’s what made the book so FUN! When you start to think the characters will have no way out of something, even more trouble ensues. It’s a complicated web of lies and fighting and the group must work their way out of it.
I must share my two major dislikes—ones that made me lower my rating. Firstly, after reading this book, I am now completely sure that long books do not work well with me. Just my own personal preference. With such a long book like Crooked Kingdom, I kept getting distracted and finding other things to do instead of reading. The length of a book is not the worst thing in the world; some readers actually love that, which is great. Another dislike was how the ending came to be. I won’t spoil. You get a grand ending and some closure, but not enough.
Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom remains to be well-written books with well-written characters. You’ll find romance, adventure, mystery, action, and IMMENSE humor in these books. I definitely recommend!