Publisher : Orion Children’s Books
Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy
Page Count: 536
Synopsis : 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. (From Goodreads)
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Well, after the way Six of Crows left me hanging, my eyes practically out of their sockets, I just had to pick up this one right away. Which I did and it blew my mind even more than the first… I just don’t know what to say. Like, really! You should see my review notes, they’re so short it’s a joke. But I’ll try. I promise I’ll do my best to make you see THE AWESOMENESS THAT THIS BOOK IS OMG! You need it in your life and let me tell you why.
Writing wise, Crooked Kingdom follows the same structure as its predecessor. It has all 6 POVS plus the first one from a nobody and the last from Pekka Rollins. It also has those flashbacks whenever they’re relevant, what I loved about that is that no matter how good we get to know the characters (aka MY PRECIOUS BABIES) there is still more to know and ways for them to surprise us. And lest no forget, holy shit! The action scenes in this book are the best I’ve read in a while, they made me feel the tension and danger as if I were living it.
So, the stories picks up around a week after (If I remember correctly) the end of SoC with the crew in more danger than ever with the whole world wanting them caught or death. It was literally them against the world and I was scared. Nina even brought it up at one point, how there was no one rooting for them, worried about them and it broke my heart a bit, all I wanted to do is scream “BUT I AM. PLEASE DON’T BE SAD!!!!”
The only problem I had at one point is that the pace slowed down drastically as the characters were cornered and didn’t know what to do, and that’s what made me doubt whether this book would be as good as the precedent one. BUT I WAS WRONG! I should never have doubted Bardugo’s genius because after that she made a huge mess of things that I couldn’t see how it would resolve itself with all of them being safe and sound <Spoiler> But I guess they weren’t all safe and sound, WERE THEY? WHY? WHY? WHYYY? Why did my precious Matthias Helvar have to die? That just didn’t make sense to me -or anyone else for that matter- HE COULD’VE LIVED! HE COULD’VE HAD GORGEOUS BABIES WITH NINA!!!! But NO. Bardugo had to go ahead and break my heart. <End of Spoiler>
Also, the last couple of chapters gave me life. <Spoiler> KAZ AND INEJ ACTUALLY HELD HANDS! THEY HELD HANDS FOR GOD’S SAKE AND HE WAS NERVOUS ABOUT MEETING HER PARENTS!!! And what she did to Pekka was hilarious, he almost pooped his pants and I was sitting here cackling like a crazy person because of how much he had if coming.<End of Spoiler>
My precious evil -and not so evil- babies go through so much development throughout the book, they grow separately -each finding a real purpose to fight for- as well as in their relationships with each other. AND OMG THE FRIENDSHIPS! I adored the group dynamic and the silly banter that could go on forever between them.
Kaz is more ruthless than ever, with each decision he makes being more cruel than the last. But at the same time, he was getting more vulnerable?!! It’s like the more he felt things the more he fought it by being worse. Add to that the fact that his scheming was beyond me, I couldn’t help gapping in awe of how pull things off so greatly. If you ask me, Nina was the most interesting character to follow in this book, the changes in her and how she held ot together through it all, still being strong, devoted and SASSY. I loved how she teased Matthias and how he responded to that, and starting to loosen up after a while, he became such a sweetheart. Another noteable character being Wylan and how he adjusted to everything, finding his marks while still seeing the best in people and in the world. Inej and Jesper I loved as much as before.
AND THE SHIPS HAVE SAAAAILED !!!!! This is all I’m going to say!! My heart was happy about how all the romantic relationships were handled.
To wrap it up, what I appreciated the most is how diverse Bardugo made her cast of characters. I know that that’s easy to implement into fantasy but we don’t see it a lot and here she was including POC, M/M romance, characters suffering from PTSD. And this made me love the book all the more.
That’s it until next time.
Did you read Crooked Kingdom? If so, what did you think?
Who was your favorite character? What did you think of the certain Something that happened towards the end?
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.