Series: Six of Crows #2
Also in this series:Six of Crows
Also by this author: Six of Crows, Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Genres: Fantasy, young adult
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
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When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.
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.
I was first introduced to author Leigh Bardugo when I read the Grisha Trilogy. That series was just spectacular (imagine fireworks and sparkles after this word), so when I read about the first book in this duology, Six of Crows, which is set in the same world as the Grisha books, I had to read it! I adored the first book and this book was even better! How could I even love it more? It is unfathomable! I had to wait a bit of time before writing this review because the ending of this book was such a bittersweet ending. My feelings ranged from angry to sad to elated to sobs. Ugh, even thinking about the ending compels me to get on an emotional roller-coaster.
Crooked Kingdom picks up shortly after the end of Six of Crows and the Dregs have not had time to heal from their battle at the Ice Court and things have gone from bad to worse. They are working on a time line to try and save their beloved Wraith. Things do not go as planned and it seems for the first time that Kaz may not be in control of the situation. The plot is so full of twists and turns that it just sucks you in until the end.
Every character in this book have their demons that they grapple with and the crew is such an odd assortment of characters but they work well together because of Kaz Brekker. Who happens to be one of my favorite characters ever. He is a mastermind beyond compare and he is also suffering from one of the worst cases of PTSD I have ever seen in a character. His is one mission with many objectives in this book and that is to save Inej, destroy Wylan’s Father (the man responsible for Inej’s capture), and to get his crew to safety in whatever sense that applies.
Leigh Bardugo’s writing is so utterly amazing! All the characters in this story are layered and developed. You will come to care about each and every character. They are so alive to me that the conclusion of this duology was a knife to my heart because I want more. More of the characters, more of this world, more of the Grisha, I want it all.