Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #2
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co on September 27th 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal (YA)
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.
This book may be unsuitable for younger readers because it includes one or more of the following: sexual situations, drug use, abuse or violence, or other mature subject matter.
The read the first book in this series while I was in a reading slump and absolutely loved it. Once again i’m in another reading slump just as this book was being released and boy am I glad I picked it up.
There are minor spoilers from the first book in this review, proceed with caution.
In Six of Crows, our band of misfits came together for the ultimate heist. They learned a lot about themselves and each other and achieved the impossible. But since this a series and not a stand alone, I’m sure you can put together that something went wrong.
Being double-crossed can make normal person pretty angry. But being a master criminal, whose entire deadly reputation relies on being smarter than the average person; getting double-crossed can make you blood-thirsty. Kaz Brekker is out for revenge. He got tricked and a valuable member of his team has been kidnapped. He’s willing to bring the whole damn city down to get revenge.
This is a monster of a book; could have easily been broken down into two books (I know just where she could have split it too, and left it on a huge cliffy), there was a lot of internal dialogue, reflective of the past, motivation for their current actions, the kind of people they could hope to be, that kind of thing. It dug a lot deeper into the characters and gave some amazing insight.
There is action and plenty of it but the spacing of it is far between; the books seems to lag a bit. There’s a hurry up and take care of business in the first part of the book and then introspective soul searching for most of the middle, then action action action to the end.
I feel like too much time and energy was spent trying to best Van Eck. I don’t feel like he was THAT big of a threat. Yea he teamed up with some powerful people but Kaz is KAZ. Maybe I think too highly of Kaz but I think he could have easily taken care of Van Eck.
There was a major character death that felt like – “oh I have to kill a character *randomly picks a name out of a hat and throws it in the book not really giving it the proper build up or afterthought* Done! So that was a bit disappointing.
There were a few other things that I didn’t like, the book starts out with what has the promise of an interesting side plot, but it goes nowhere and is only mentioned a few times after. A favorite character from Grisha makes an appearance but it was definitely not enough!
But I think the ending was perfect, and Inej was perfect and Jesper, and Wylan and Nina, they were all perfect. Flawed, with questionable morals but the hope that they can beat the odds in the end.
I will stop myself from gushing about Kaz but he’s definitely in my Top 5 Book Boyfriends List (that’s super official btw, notice the capital letters?)
Anyways, read this series. I think for the most part, it lives up to the hype.