Book review: Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo ****

When you can’t beat the odds.
Change the game.


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.

This is the sequel to Six of Crows although for me it was just a continuation because I started Crooked Kingdom as soon as I finished the first book.

These books are just so much fun. They succeed in making you forget everything around you and taking you away to this different world where magic is Grisha power and danger is lurking behind every corner.

Crooked Kingdom is a masterpiece when it comes to twists and turns. Just when you think you have it all figured out, something goes wrong and everything changes. Kaz has been the leader of many cons in the past but his planning here is just mind-blowing.

Speaking of Kaz, I felt like his character was less present in this book. There was a lot of Inej and a lot of the others in terms of character development and background story. We finally learn how Wylan ended up with the group, which made him so much more likeable. Add Jesper to the mix and it was perfection. Although I still love Kaz and Inej and even Nina and Mathias, I just really enjoyed reading about Wylan and Jesper.

So I ended up liking all the characters, which doesn’t happen very often.

The story, like I said, is full of twists and turns and the finale was so brilliantly written! It left me feeling sad that it was over. I would gladly read more stories set in the Grishaverse.

The old characters, from the Shadow and Bone trilogy, who showed up during these two books, may indicate that there is still room for more storytelling. They now have more connections, to Ketterdam and Kaz, so Leigh Bardugo can take this anywhere she wants. I would love a book where we follow The Wraith!

Finishing this book meant that I completed my Goodreads challenge. This will be the last book I finished in 2016. I already started a new one, but I’m only 40 pages in so it will be the first book I finish in 2017. I’m looking forward to the new year and I hope you are too.




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