Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) ★★★★★

5 stars

I loved Six of Crows a lot and so I went into this book with high expectations. It didn’t disappoint. This book is almost everything I could have ever wanted to finish off the duology that is Six of Crows. There isn’t a dry or dull moment in this gigantic book and was a thrilling read from start to finish. I definitely recommend this series (duology) to anyone who loves a good young adult fantasy book and doesn’t mind that both books are quite large. While Leigh Bardugo also has another series (The Grisha series) I think I would personally recommend the Six of Crows series over it (The Grisha series) because the writing and story telling is just much better in her latest books.

Goodreads Summary: 

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.

Review:

This book starts off where the last book (Six of Crows) ended which is one of the first things I fell in love with when I first started reading it. Personally, I don’t tend to like books that have a bit of a time jump between books because it feels like something was lost and the characters can sometimes come across different. I mean I understand if there wasn’t a cliffhanger ending or a problem that needs immediate attention but with most books, Six of Crows included, it ends up being the case.

Now if you haven’t read Six of Crows you should probably stop reading this review now because you will most likely be spoiled for the first book.

I loved how thought out the plan and execution to rescue Inej was. It was believable and showed how much they cared for her, even if Kaz denies anything of the sort. Everything that follows the rescue (is that a spoiler? oops) flowed together and nothing seemed stale or overwritten. This book was like a breath of fresh air in a sea of books with the same overused plot devices.

The three ships in this book, though, oh my gosh. I love every single one even though one made my heart break. None of the relationships in this book seem forced or unnatural which is sometimes difficult to find in a book.I won’t spoil anything though but if you do decide to read this book, just get ready for some incredible budding relationships.

I’m going to talk about the ending now so if you want to avoid any spoilers for the end of this book then I suggest clicking away now. 

Oh my god the ending. It was so perfect I had to read it at least six times. Just the whole idea of Kaz letting his bare skin touch Inej made me so happy for them. I’m still not over the whole premise of Kaz finding her parents and having them come to her, it was such a sweet moment and I wasn’t expecting it at all. I loved the ending more than I ever thought I would.

There are so many ways that Leigh Bardugo could have ended this book and instead of giving the readers a heartbreaking ending, she gave us one that didn’t break us. The ending of this book is one that leaves you with a yearning for something more but with the knowledge that it ended exactly where it was supposed to.

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