Book 2
Six of Crows

September 27, 2016

Henry Holt and Co.



Action & Adventure

Crooked Kingdom
by Leigh Bardugo   


The highly anticipated sequel to the thrilling #1 New York Times-bestselling Six of Crows.

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 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 the Grisha world.


"Must read!"  By Ashia 1 year ago

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I've been waiting anxiously for this book since last year, and I have to say it didn't disappoint!

There's more of that sneaky, cunning deception upon deception as engineered by Kaz (or should I say the author?), and I enjoyed being twisted and turned, my mind having to scramble to realize that a different facet of the situation is now being presented. There's also more of that surprising humor as evidenced by the things Nina and Kaz said, and I find myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion. Here is also where we see each person even clearer, how their pasts shaped them to become what we read about on the page, for example, Kaz and Inej yearning for the other so deeply, yet so traumatized by having another person touch them intimately. I like how the author made them take baby steps toward healing, because such trauma would surely take time and love to heal.

Also, the author made me cry on more than one occasion, but none so much than chapters 39 and 40, so maybe you'd want to have tissues ready. (I won't spoil it for you.) I don't know why things happened the way they did--it was so out of the blue and so...illogical (I would say), but hate is not logical, is it? And perhaps the author is illustrating how our actions would ricochet to affect us later on. Cause and effect. Karma? Maybe, maybe not.

I love the cameo roles played by the Ravkan delegation, although I didn't know them, having never read The Grisha Trilogy, and though I know this is a duology, I hope there would be more stories about them--Kaz, Inej, Nina, everyone. I mean, there's a sort of closure by the end of 500 or so pages, but it feels like it's the beginning of something else, and I wouldn't mind being there for the journey.

Compelling and page-turning, this is a must read for those who've read the previous book, Six of Crows, and fans of The Grisha Trilogy. It's a long story (see above 500 or so pages), but there's never a dull moment. While you can definitely start with this book, but the adventure began in Six of Crows, so please do yourself a favor and start there.