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Crooked Kingdom

November 2, 2016

 

5/5 STARS

 

 

“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 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.” 

 

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***THIS REVIEW CONTAINS A SPOILER***

 

Crooked Kingdom is the second and last book in the Six of Crows duology written by author Leigh Bardugo. I read the first book only a few days ago, but haven’t reviewed it on the blog. But if I had, it would probably be along very similar lines to the review below.

 

Six of Crows was the first series I’ve read by Bardugo, and  Bardugo is an auto-buy for me now. Yes, the series won me over completely!

 

To be honest, I’ve never read anything quite like Six of Crows before.  It had me hooked, absolutely hooked. And I really, really didn’t want to finish Crooked Kingdom. But that was because I wasn’t ready for it to be all over. I’m still not ready.

 

This novel left me smiling, laughing and crying my absolute eyes out. Bardugo drew me into the world, made me adore the characters and witness their extraordinary lives. I loved them and wanted to be one of them!

 

Every character was different, strong in their own way, damaged in their own way, and pushing through it all. The characters were so beautifully created, they left me wanting to know more of their lives once the story was over.

 

I turned every page with utter anticipation (even if at times I was so scared with what would happen next). For me, this book was utter genius - yeap that’s right – genius. 


The plot moves at an addictive pace and it doesn’t slow down throughout the whole novel. It was so hard to put down, even for a minute!

 

Every time Kaz and his crew get knocked down, they come back fighting harder than ever before. It’s mesmerizing how Kaz gets on his “scheming face” and comes up with a plan even more ludacris than the last one.  I loved watching the plan unfold before my eyes; but you never fully know what’s going to happen until it all goes down.  And I’m just going to say, The Council of Tides – Kaz is a bloody genius! (there’s that word again).

 

The crew, of course, eventually pull it all off, in the biggest and grandest ploy of all and you’re left wide-eyed wondering how the hell they managed it; but you’re so excited that it all actually worked out. But I’m still in shock about the death of a crew member, only moments from being ‘safe’. It was so heart wrenching, I’m even tearing up now just writing it (why Bardugo?! – why?!). 

 

But even though I’m still angry at the author for the death of a beloved character – yes, I hold a grudge – it serves to remind us that not everyone is invincible, and eventually, your past will catch up with you, no matter how much you’ve changed for the better. 

 

I have nothing bad to say about this novel, nothing to fault it on – this series and the characters will always have a special place in my heart. 

 

Thank you Bardugo, for bringing together a band of misfits, criminals and runaways and creating an absolutely epic story. 

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