2021 · fantasy

Book Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)

Author: Leigh Bardugo


Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts 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 badly weakened, 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 the Grisha world.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Why must this be a duology?!?! Two books is really not enough for me when it comes to Kaz Brekker.

I absolutely loved the first book, but when it comes to series, the sequel is usually my least favorite. So I went into this not having huge expectations. And let me tell you something, I was about to give this 4 stars. However, when I got to the last 100 pages, my opinions totally changed. This is a masterpiece.

First things first, I love how we go more into depth about each character. Reading this you can’t help but feel empathy for every one of them. My heart broke while reading Inej’s flashbacks, and continued on breaking while reading Wylan’s.

I knew there was going to be a tragedy but it didn’t help with softening the blow. I was still left heartbroken.

When it comes to romance part, I’m so glad Wylan and Jesper finally expressed those feelings from each other but I can’t help but say that I’m a bit disappointed with Kaz and Inej. I need more of them and even though I feel like the way their “relationship” left off considering his tragic past which still follows him every day, I’m sad that I didn’t get the closure I wanted. I feel like one short story more would make me feel soo much better, but if not, I’ll just keep reading Kaz and Inej fanfics lol.

I did see that some of Leigh Bardugo’s newer books follow Genya and Nina, but I’m not sure if I’ll be reading that because I wasn’t really interested in Genya while reading this book.

I wouldn’t really say this was a perfect conclusion to the story because I feel like I need so much more for it to be finished in my eyes, but it was still a very good book with so much depth to it. How did you guys feel about this book, let me know!

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6 thoughts on “Book Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

  1. I’m pretty sure there’s supposed to be a third book in the series, set 10 years later or something? I also hope for more of these characters, they’re so loveable! Glad you enjoyed this book :)) lovely review!
    ~ Darcey

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