Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo
Published September 27, 2016 by Orion Children’s Books
Genres Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
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.
First I have to say, amazing job once again Leigh Bardugo, this book is amazing. It is everything I had hoped it would be and more. The plot line in this story is amazing; every time I thought okay Kaz good plan, something changed and he had back plans, to his back plans. It is an incredibly in depth and clever plot line and I loved it. I adore the characters in the Six of Crow series and was so happy to get back to them. I felt like I really got to know all of the characters in the first book but I learned so much more in Crooked Kingdom. I adore them all; I love how Nina and Jesper are so funny and sarcastic even when everything seems to be going wrong. I love Inej and Kaz. I love Matthias and Wylan, I love them all. I love Kaz and Inej and I was fairly satisfied with the way this book ended. I would have enjoyed a little bit more in that area, but I totally understand why the book ended the way it did. One of my favorite quotes from Kaz.
“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together, knives drawn, pistols blazing Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”
I also really enjoyed watching Jesper and Wylan’s relationship more forward, as well as Nina and Matthias’s relationship. Of course the main focus of this book is on Kuwei Yul-Bo and trying to figure out what to do with him and how the entire crew can not only save themselves, but go on to the futures that they each had been seeking. I loved the book, I loved the plot, the characters and everything about it. I actually have not read the Shadow and Bone series and I plan to start that ASAP after reading Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. Leigh Bardugo is such a great writer and her world building in these books is amazing. I feel satisfied with the way the book ended, although I felt like it ended in a way where that could be the end or their could be another book. I know, I know, it’s a duology, but a book lover can dream. If you have yet to read this book or this series, I highly recommend it. And make sure to purchase the hardcover editions because they are so beautiful! Happy reading!