Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Warning! Potential spoilers for Six of Crows below!

Title: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Orion Children’s Books
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Stars: 5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): 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. 

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The Six of Crows books have got to be among my favourite books of all time. I loved every epic and suspenseful minute of Crooked Kingdom and every character’s complex backstory. As usual, Leigh Bardugo’s writing is beautiful and hilarious at the same time, something that is pretty rare. If you have yet to pick up this series, I strongly recommend you do so, as it is life-changing.

This book was honestly one plot twist after another, which is exactly how a heist book should be. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time as the crew set out to rescue Inej, and was terrified that they wouldn’t be able to outsmart their enemies. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that was literally unputdownable, and I loved every minute of it. I can’t even begin to put my love for the Six of Crows books into words, which doesn’t happen often.

One of the most amazing things about these books is the amount of character development. The way Leigh Bardugo creates such intricate backstories for all six characters is so phenomenal, and I have no idea how she is able to do it. Each character also has such a vivid personality, making the reader feel like they exist in real life. I can’t even choose a favourite character, I love them all so much. Also, side note, I ship Wylan and Jesper with my life.

The way Crooked Kingdom is written is also incredible. I enjoyed how each character has their own chapters and the agonizing way that there are such intense cliffhangers, but the story switches and the reader is forced to wait what happens next. The writing is also pretty hilarious and there are some great side comments in the book that made me laugh out loud. Leigh Bardugo’s writing style is like no other and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us in the future.

Crooked Kingdom is the epic sequel to Six of Crows that is action-packed and unpredictable. Each character is so well developed, even though there are six of them. The writing is beautiful and sassy: classic Leigh Bardugo. I am so sad that this duology is now complete, but I’m glad that it was so well done.

16 thoughts on “Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

  1. storiesandspoons says:

    I just started Crooked Kingdom and I’m already so in love with it! It’s so good being back in this world and with all the characters! I know I’m going to be sad to see it finish though!

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  2. SERIESous Book Reviews says:

    I really enjoyed this one for all the reasons you said.

    The character development though really stole the show for me. I didn’t “love” the first novel but I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed these characters until they were tested in this novel. It makes me wish we were getting more stories about this crew!
    (and good heist novels are so hard to find!)

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