Series: Six of Crows #2
Published by Henry Holt and Company (BYR) on September 27th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
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Crooked Kingdom: the highly anticipated sequel to Leigh Bardugo's 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, 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.
“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. They tell each other who to look after and who to watch out for.”
Kaz Brekker and his crew are up to their old tricks again, but this time they want something more than just money. After pulling of the impossible heist, they find themselves fighting for their lives. Everyone is out to get them it seems, and in order to settle old scores and put things right, Kaz & Co. need to do the impossible yet again.
I really enjoyed Crooked Kingdom. The characters got even better, and became more complicated. I liked Kaz more in this novel, as I felt like I got to know and understand him more. Leigh Bardugo wove a plot filled with twists-and-turns that always kept me glued to the page. I never questioned why something happened, or what the characters did, as everything fit into Bardugo’s world. What I enjoyed the most was how she tied up the series. All loose ends are tied up, but not necessarily neatly, but enough thread was left out in case she ever wants to revisit these characters.
“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”
I didn’t know what to think when I began this book, because I didn’t expect so much action to occur in Six of Crows. Crooked Kingdom somehow manages to top it. There was always something happening, and of course Kaz kept me guessing. I enjoyed this world so much, that I’d love to read Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy. Their powers intrigued me, and it would be fun to learn more about them and their society. At only two books, this is the shortest series I’ve probably ever read, and I definitely recommend it to all lovers of heist and/or magical stories. You won’t be disappointed.