Title: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Sequel to: Six of Crows
Date Started: December 22
Date Finished: December 23
Format: Hardcover from local library
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.
Considering my record in the last few months with anticipated releases, I thought for sure Crooked Kingdom was going to be one of those books that was going to wind up letting me down. Especially because it had been so long since I last read Six of Crows. But I should have known better. It didn’t take me long to get reacquainted with the world of the Grisha and the Crows that I came to know and love during the previous book. The group hasn’t really changed since the last book, they just have a new mission with a little bit more higher stakes. A member of their gang has been kidnapped and the only way they can get her back is if they trade her for the precious prize they picked up while in the Ice Kingdom. But Kaz isn’t about to go down without a fight and the plans his mind comes up with are just a genius to behold. This book is one twisty ride of fun. Just when you think the Crows have met their match, Kaz shows that he really has thought of it all and will stop at nothing to get his revenge.
The relationships in this book are what make me smile the most. Whether it’s Kaz and Inej – don’t even get me started on the bathroom scene or the scene with them at the end of the book – or Nina and Matthias – there are no words really – the dynamics of these characters were just amazing to read about. And usually, I don’t really like books that give me character backgrounds at weird times like Crooked Kingdom seemed to, but it really worked for the storyline. Especially since Six of Crows dealt with Kaz and Inej, it was time to find out about the rest of the Crows.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. The month of December hasn’t really been a good reading month for me, but this book was definitely one of my favorites. Well written story and characters. I’m really intrigued to see what Bardugo does next.
Bookshelf worthy? Another title to add to my Kindle wishlist.