Title: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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 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.
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ .5
There is so much more I want to say in this review, but I can’t! Anyone want to get into detail, comment below!
I’m going to start with how much easier this book was to read. I have not read the Grisha Trilogy yet, so I found the Grisha world and the different names hard to understand in the first book. I found all of easier to deal with in the second book. I was now familiar with the places, and knew how to pronounce the names, and generally it flowed much better.
The storyline was continuously tense. There wasn’t a slow moment. And the twists and turns! Leigh Bardugo is a master of twists in a storyline. Every moment has you guessing, and Kaz’s schemes were so clever – very brilliantly done.
You know from the start of this book that there is going to be deaths. But these deaths hit me in a different way than other characters’ deaths have.
I didn’t cry, but my chest legitimately hurt as I was reading the part. In the end, I just skipped over it because I couldn’t handle reading about this character dying. And now, whenever I think too much about that character an ache starts in my chest that doesn’t go away for anything.
It just shows you how well Leigh crafted her characters. You get attached to them in a way that’s different from literally every other character in literature.
Romance-wise, I was pretty happy. There were a few moments I would have liked to see, but that weren’t there. As I thought about it afterwards though, I realized that I was happy without them. I would have wanted them there, but since there not, I don’t feel there is anything necessarily lacking.
That said, I still think that Leigh Bardugo should write us some novellas and give us those moments (let’s start a petition!).
It was much better than the first, and if you put down the first because it was too confusing or whatever, definitely try to pick this one up. It’s way easier to read.