Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

“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.”

-Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Hey guys! Meaghan here again, and I just finished Crooked Kingdom!! Sarah J Maas and Leigh Bardugo are my two favorite authors, so as you can assume, I was extremely excited (and deathly afraid) for this finale book!

“When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.”

Stars (Out of 10): 1000/10 Stars

Overall Thoughts: Ah Bardugo you’ve done it again. Another great series with another greater ending. Few series get me as invested and hooked as this one did (and the Grisha did), and I enjoyed every letter of every sentence in this finale. We learned more about the world, with things finally coming together to make sense. We saw characters outsmart and be outsmarted, and deal with flaws and self-doubt. The plot was also extremely realistic, as the characters only have so much luck, and sometimes they do run out. Overall, a great end to a great series that everyone needs to read!

SPOILERS BEGIN HERE

The Good: I love how Bardugo writes, and how she makes what could be the most boring of scenes interesting. I love how she ends her books as well, with enough closure to end the series, but enough openness to leave speculation. In a world where things change by the second, most things are never final, and the ending shouldn’t have been either. I also loved the plot, and how it kept me hooked through every up and down this group of thieves faced. Actually, I just loved everything.

The Bad: There’s no promise of more at the end ;(

The Characters: I didn’t think it was possible, but I love everyone even more now! And I loved the cameos we had of some of our loved Grisha (Nikolai!!!!). And while it killed me, I love that Inej and Kaz can’t just kiss and everything broken in them is fixed. Their wounds run so deep, that being together wouldn’t fix that, and maybe nothing ever will fix that. But maybe they’ll find something in each other anyways, and can find some comfort in knowing they aren’t alone anymore.

The Plot: This was perfect. We not only get to see our wonderful crew of thieves and murderers outsmart just about everyone, but see them get outsmarted too. A perfect plan that comes off without a hitch is too unrealistic, even for our crew, so I’m we got to see them fail a few (or many) times throughout the book, and always changing their plans to adjust. And that ending, where every single detail had been meticulously planned to reveal what Van Eck truly was, while also giving the thieves the money they had worked so hard for.

The Favorite Character: Inej and Nina and Wylan and Jesper and Kaz and Matthias and just about everyone else

Buy it, Borrow it, or Bin it: If you enjoy reading, read this. If you don’t enjoy reading, read this.

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