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! It’s Allison. Its been a while since I posted a review due to a reading slump and school, but I definitely chose the right book to get back into reading. So here’s my review for Crooked Kingdom.

“No mourners, no funerals. Another way of saying good luck. But it was something more. A dark wink to the fact that there would be no expensive burials for people like them, no marble markers to remember their names, no wreaths of myrtle and rose.” 

Stars (Out of 10): 10/10

Overall Thoughts: Once you start reading this book, you will not want to put it down. Each chapter ends with a cliffhanger, making you turn the page. There was a reason I was so obsessed with Six of Crows when I first read it. Crooked Kingdom produced the same feeling. This book delivers and delivers, working hard to give each character an ending that was just right. This duology will always have a place in my heart!

Spoilers begin below!

The Good: The world, the characters, the ending. Leigh brings us right back into the world and you are quick to get caught up in the character’s stories and motivation as they are pushed toward the ending. This ending definitely feels just right. Furthermore, the way the histories of some of the characters were revealed were amazing and made you really feel for the characters.

The Bad: This isn’t really that bad, but I need to know what happens to Nina. She got the least complete ending of the characters.

The Characters: Like I said, each characters flashbacks were amazing. We finally got to learn about why the rest of the characters are the way they are. Wylan’s history is heartbreaking.I felt so bad for Jesper after finding out how his mom died and how his dad took it. Inej’s story makes her personality make so much more sense. Also, Matthias’ dog!!! Furthermore, their character development is amazing. Every character became something so much more by the end. Kaz shows that he does have feelings. Inej finally gets to fight slavery on the open seas like she wished. Jesper accepts who he is. Wylan becomes strong. Nina becomes so much more than she was at the beginning. And Matthias…well he learns that you should not hate what you do not understand. He also finally gets to go home, perhaps not the place he considered home by the end of Crooked Kingdom, but the place he wanted to return to at the beginning of Six of Crows.

The Plot: Everything is connected! All actions have consequences and it shows. I love the plot twists throughout the book. Each scheme led to another scheme. Some things that Kaz had going on at the same time of their primary scheme had me hooked.

The World: The Grisha world is so well developed. I honestly love Leigh’s world. My favorite part is you can tell which region in our world influences which regions in the Grisha world. I can see the Dutch influences in the Kerch, the Russian infuences in the Ravkans, the Icelandic (I believe) influences in the Fjerdans, the African influences in the Zemeni, and the Asian influences in the Shu. And I can tell all this not just from the snippets of the world that get dropped, but by the pronunciation of the characters’ names. Now that is a truly developed world!

The Favorite Character: Jesper Fahey

Buy it, Borrow it, Or Bin it: Buy it. And then buy a copy for your friend. And then buy another copy for yourself. 

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