Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo
It’s taken me far too long to pick up this book, but I’ve finally got round to reading it and I wasn’t disappointed! I still prefer the first book but that doesn’t mean that this book didn’t lack action as it was a heck of a journey and adventure that saw the highs and lows of emotions, wit, and humor between characters and of course the usual swindling and planning which was cleverly revealed and pieced together at the end.
Crooked Kingdom is the sequel (and final book *sobs*) to the brilliant Six of Crows duologue and picks off right where we left off, in the middle of all the action and plotting. 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. 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.
Bardugo’s writing style is utterly perfect as it is so compelling and her ability to juggle so many different perspectives amazes me. The world of Grisha she has created is so detailed and beautiful and I need more of it. And her characters are some of my favourites and it’s one of the elements that make this series so unique and loveable. We even get a bit more romance in these books between Kaz and Inej which I loved, everything he did for her including reuniting her with her family, melted my heart! We also saw Wylan and Jesper get together (yasss) which I didn’t expect and loved as they are both completely different but balance each other out! I need more! I’m still however heartbroken over what happened between Nina and Mattias, they were so close to freedom and a happily ever after but that was all stolen from them! Many of you will probably know that I’m also a huge fan of Leigh’s other series ‘Shadow and Bone’ and I got very excited when we were introduced to some of the characters from that series especially Nickoli who I just adore, it was a nice little surprise!
I don’t think this book could have had a better ending, it left me happy and satisfied yet wanting more, more of these characters and their adventures. This book hit me hard in the heart and I truly don’t want it to end, so Leigh if you’re reading this please continue this series because these characters are so of my all time favorites and I need more adventures with them!
Overall I loved this series and Leigh Bardugo is a bloody genius so I don’t think it’s a surprise if I give it 5/5 stars! If you haven’t ventured into the world of Grisha yet and picked up one of Bardugo’s books then I highly recommend you do as they are all action packed fantasy adventures that I can guarantee you will enjoy!