Crooked Kingdom is the second book in the Six of Crows series written by Leigh Bardugo. I will try and keep my review as spoiler-free as possible, so everyone can enjoy it. I will link my review of Six of Crows, if you want to know my opinions of it.
Title: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Audience: Young Adult
Welcome to the world of the Grisha.
Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts 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.
After how much I loved Six of Crows, I wasn’t sure that Crooked Kingdom would live up to the hype I had given it in my head. But I am glad to say that I was proved wrong, I adored this book, and my only wish is for there to be more.
As expected, my favourite part of Crooked Kingdom was the characters and their development from Six of Crows to Crooked Kingdom. I could see how they had all changed and grown throughout the two books, which I love. I love how Leigh Bardugo told their stories and made you understand what they had been through and what drove them to be the people they are by giving you insights to the characters backstory. I also enjoyed the introduction of some new characters and getting to see some of the people that had already been mentioned up close, as I think that added to the story and made it more rounded and more about the wider world than just the small group.
I liked the development of relationships in Crooked Kingdom and how every relationship had a different ending. I loved this because it showed that while you could come through everything, it may not end up the way you want it to. I will say that I would love a small spin-off of domesticated life with Wylan and Jesper, as I think that would be adorable.
The plot kept me constantly gripped from the first page to the last, and I love that as a reader, we are learning Kaz’s schemes as they happen rather than having the full knowledge before they start. This really increases the atmosphere and leaves you full of anticipation as to what will happen to the characters you love. I was constantly on the edge of my seat.
In Crooked Kingdom, we get to learn more about Ketterdam, which I particularly enjoyed. As most of the first book is set away from Ketterdam, it is great to see the characters in the natural setting and see how they change when they know where they are. At the beginning of the book, I was so glad that there was a map of Ketterdam as it meant that I could orientate myself and know where they were going on about when they mentioned place names which really helped me not to get too confused by the details.
I can’t wait to carry on with the rest of the Grishaverse, and I hope that someday Leigh Bardugo comes back to the Six of Crows world as I would love to see what changed for the characters after the events of this book. If you have not picked up the Six of Crows duology, I highly suggest you do, even if you didn’t like/have no interest in Shadow and Bone, as it is highly worth it.