Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Posted October 17, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh BardugoCrooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six Of Crows #2
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on September 27th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 536
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Series Rating: five-stars
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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.

How does one begin to explain how much they simply fell in love? I have no idea.

Well, I guess we can just start with this: I loved every single page. This is probably might most loved sequel to any book, in my top five for the year, AND my top five all time favorite series. If you haven’t already read book 1 of this series, I demand you stop reading this review right now and go pick it up. Bardugo has created one of the most imaginative, immersive, all out FANTASTICALLY AMAZING YA worlds I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Her usual wit, cunning, and flawless plotting is just as present in this book as it was with book 1. I’m so sad this series has ended, I seriously feel like I’ve lost six of my best friends!

Book 2 starts off just where we left the ending of book 1, the characters only continue to grow and surprise you throughout this entire read, and the plot just keeps getting better and better. I simple cannot express how much I enjoyed this read. I have zero complaints, nothing was too drawn out, no character felt lagging, there was no bridge plot – it was all necessary and it was all delightful.

I really enjoyed how in this book we got a bigger look at the setting, Ketterdam itself was explored a lot more and it gave us time to get to know all its beautiful and dirty secrets. The tone is definitely a little more somber, considering the events that transpired in book 1, but it never felt heavy. I didn’t have to take breaks or feel like anything was weighing down my ability to be entertained. I am continuously astonished at how well Bardugo chose names and places to reflect the world. Every aspect from religion to trade routes was explored or examined as part of the plot, and I don’t think I’ve read a YA book so unique like this is in a long time.

I have not read Bardugo’s other Greisha series, but I could tell that there were quite a few more references to it in this installment. Some characters that I assume played a large role in her previous series come back to make an appearance and some places/things come back as well. I really appreciated how she did that, because I didn’t feel like I couldn’t understand why something was important or like I was missing an inside joke.

Overall, this was a 5/5, home run, all out amazing read. Perfect for this time of year, and perfect if you’re looking for a little bit of everything. GO READ IT!


What do you think? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Anything I missed? Let me know in the comments!


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