Super Short Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

December 29, 2016 review 9 ★★★★½

Super Short Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh BardugoTitle: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows (#2)
Genres: Fantasy
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.


SO. GOOD! Agh, this book was just YES. There is something about heist-related books that works every. single. time. and damn did Crooked Kingdom tick pretty much every box that I could possibly think of. All of my favourite characters were there – Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Jesper, Wylan – and I loved seeing all of them grow, develop, and bloody kick ass. The odds are really stacked against them in Crooked Kingdom, even more so than in Six of Crows, and the scheming <3 <3 <3 All of Kaz’s plans were so freaking smart and I just LOVED IT ALL. Even the “villains/bad guys” I adored because seeing them bested, seeing Kaz and the others bring them down when the odds were just so bad was what made this book. I lived for the end, waiting for all the little threads to come together and to see them just plain out win.

I seriously cannot even start going through everything I loved because so much happens and there are so many characters but it was a superb sequel and wrapped the series up so well. One thing I will say is that I could have done with more Inej-Kaz scenes because they are most definitely a solid ship of mine but what was there was on point and I have to hand it to the author for not pushing their relationship beyond what suited the book. Also, the other ships – Nina/Matthias, Jesper/Wylan – I LOVE THEM ALL. Ahem, just a few feels there. Anyway, I haven’t read Bardugo’s Grisha series but after Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, I am a fan and I will absolutely be reading whatever Bardugo brings out next.

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9 Responses to “Super Short Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo”

  1. Alyssa Susanna (The Eater of Books!)

    Whoops, I still have not read this book. I got my copy but I haven’t been able to crack it open. I went looking for spoilers (on purpose, I wanna know), and I’ve been sad (for obvious reasons). But I’d rather know ahead of time (that sounds silly but hey, it works for me, and I don’t blast spoilers to the public ever!!!!). I am so glad that this book is not disappointing at all! I am excited for all of the scheming that will continue. :D Excellent review, Zareena!

    Happy New Year. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!
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    • Zareena (The Slanted Bookshelf)

      Fair enough wanting to know ahead of time, I’m like that with certain books :) I hope you enjoy Crooked Kingdom when you read it; thanks for stopping by, Alyssa!!

  2. Benish

    I still have to read the first book in the series xD I liked the author’s Grisha’s series but I heard this one is better, thanks for sharing :)

    • Zareena (The Slanted Bookshelf)

      I read the first couple of chapters of the first Grisha book but then put it down and never managed to pick it up again. This series really grabbed me though so it’s worth a read if you enjoy the author’s writing!

  3. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    I completely agree! This was such a heartbreaking finale to the series, yet it was absolutely perfect at the same time. Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3
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    • Zareena (The Slanted Bookshelf)

      Thanks so much!! Yeah it totally broke my heart but I can’t wait for whatever Bardugo writes next :)

  4. Bookworm Brandee

    So you liked this book? lol Just kidding – I can tell you did and I’m thrilled you had such a good time with it, Zareena. I have Six of Crows on my shelf…still unread. *hangs head* But I’ll get to it sooner than later because this review got me even more excited about it! :D
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    • Zareena (The Slanted Bookshelf)

      Haha, glad to hear it! Thanks for the comment and I hope you enjoy Six of Crows when you read it :)

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