Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Review: Crooked Kingdom

Title: Crooked Kingdom
Series: Six of Crows #2
Author: Leigh Bardugo 
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy  
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Source: Bought

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.

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YOU GUYS.  I FINALLY FINISHED.  Oh my goodness, I feel like I've been reading this book for ages.  Or, at least since *ahem* October.  Yeah, it took me a long time to finish this one.  I don't even know why!  It was gorgeous and amazing and I loved it.  Maybe I was just subconsciously making it last longer because I didn't want to say goodbye to these characters.  I'm going to miss them so much!

 Easily my favorite part of this series has been the characters.  They are all just so amazing.  The six of them together are just magic.  And I love that they stand apart so well.  They hardly ever all get along and they are constantly butting heads but the relationships that form between them feel so strong and real.  They care for each other and watch each other's backs.  Even Kaz, Mr. Cold Hearted himself shows he cares in smaller, more subtle ways.  Kaz is amazing, by the way.  Basically any time he did anything, I was so shocked by the end result.  He also has an ace up his sleeve and I really appreciated the shock factor we got as a reader when the twists and turns in his plans were revealed.

The world that Leigh Bardugo has developed is amazing.  It's obviously well thought out.  She describes it and I feel like I'm standing in Ketterdam with the crew.  This is the kind of fantasy world that other writers study and learn from to create their own.  I know I'm taking notes.  The politics, language, religions, commerce, and city layout are all so vivid.  I could spend hours on hours in this world. 

I'm so sad to be leaving these characters but I'm really hoping we get to spend more time in this world.  There's so many other countries I'd love to explore and people I want to learn more about.  I'll happily read whatever Leigh Bardugo offers me in this world!

“We meet fear. We greet the unexpected visitor and listen to what he has to tell us. When fear arrives, something is about to happen.

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1 comment:

  1. Phew! I'm so glad you enjoyed this book, Ashtyn! I bought a copy last year but I still have not read it. o_o I know about that one part of the ending and I'm so sad, to be honest. I'm still going to be reading the book - soon! I can't wait to fall in love with this story. :D

    Wonderful review, Ashtyn! Have a great week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!


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