Review | Crooked Kingdom

Crooked Kingdom

About the Book: 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.

Six of Crows #2
YA Fantasy
Orion Children’s Books | September 27, 2016
amazon2 bn2

“Where do think the money went?” he repeated.
“Guns?” asked Jesper.
“Ships?” queried Inej.
“Bombs?” suggested Wylan.
“Political bribes?” offered Nina. They all looked at Matthias. “This is where you tell us how awful we are,” she whispered.
He shrugged. “They all seem like practical choices.”

I had to start this review with that quote, because it ties back to my review for book 1, Six of Crows.  I love this crew, and from that quote to this one, it shows exactly what’s changed and what hasn’t changed within the Crows.

Crooked Kingdom actually took me longer to read than I thought it would.  I think in part it was due to how much busier at work I’ve been, but also because everyone kept telling me how much I was going to cry.  I don’t fear sad books, but they sure may make me read slow.  Especially when I love each character the way I loved these.

Well guys, I cried.  Ugly cried.  If you haven’t read this yet, be prepared.

The plot itself was good, I’m probably partial to the first book (because it was the first), but it was still really good.  I know Kaz seems too good to be true, being a teenager and still able to defeat all these more worldly, professional, men.  I actually don’t think he’s impossible, because cunning and ruthlessness are traits at any age.  However, so what.  Does it matter?  There’s also no such thing as Grisha or Tidemakers either.  It’s a Fantasy world, so it’s sort of our job to suspend disbelief.  Kaz’s mind was the best part of the story, I thought.  Well, that and Wyland and Jes.

I bet there are some who are angry about the ending, but I also scoff at that.  I thought there was something poetic about how Bardugo chose to end this duology.  Be fearless with your stories, don’t hold back and don’t coddle your readers.

As far as reviewing goes, I’ve always had a hard time with reviews of sequels.  I feel like anything important needing said was written in my first review.  To say it again is redundant.  Instead, just trust me that all fantasy lovers should read Six of Crows.  If you haven’t, you should rectify that immediately.

“Crows remember human faces. They remember the people who feed them, who are kind to them. And the people who wrong them too. They don’t forget.”



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8 Responses

  1. Great review. I loved this book too and while I was a little surprised by the ending (not what but who) it kind of made sense when I thought about it. I actually tend to forget when reading it that they’re all really young. With the exception of Wylan they seem much older.

    I really hope there are more Grisha books to come.


      1. I’m hoping a certain privateer from Crooked gets his own series. It could bring in the slaver bit but maybe also an update on those headed for Ravka (talking about this without spoilers is hard)


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