Quick! Speedily nip back in time to my post on Six of Crows before you read this one as I’m going to attempt not to repeat myself too much (also there could be a couple of spoilers for book one here so be warned).
I didn’t know Six of Crows could be topped but with everyone telling me to read the rest of this duology I duly popped down to Blackwell’s and bought myself a copy of Crooked Kingdom. One of the best decisions I made this month.
Goodreads Summary (Spoilers for Six of Crows possible):
After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn—and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld.
This book reminded me a little of how I felt about The Mime Order. As a sequel to The Bone Season it managed to build on the world that you didn’t get much of a chance to experience in book #1. In the case of Crooked Kingdom we get to learn more about Ketterdam and the seedy underbelly that is the home of our phenomenal anti-heroes.
I don’t think I would be wrong to suggest that it is the characters that make this book. They are genuinely diverse and they are all so wonderfully thought out. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. This is how you do multiple POV fantasy.
What I enjoyed about the plot was that that there is enough plot to fill the book. Does that make sense? Some books of this length you can feel the author dragging out every single sentence when they could have made the book around 100 pages shorter. In this case there are so many plotlines all converging and so many storylines to care about that it feels the perfect length (thought smart to do a duology as I think this is the ideal ending for these characters for now).
Character development is key in this book and with that comes no small amount of romance. Because it’s Leigh Bardugo you can rest assured that this romance is a pleasure to read, none of it is cringey or awkward (except when it needs to be) and you’re just left with a beaming grin on your face whenever it does happen.
Was this worth the read? Most definitely. This and Six of Crows have been some of the most well written books I have encountered so far this year and I can see what all the hype is about. Will I be reading Wonder Woman Warbringer? Absolutley. Will I be reading the Grisha books asap? Hell yes.
My rating: 5/5 stars
Thankyou to everyone for persuading me to read this book. I will now proceed to browse fanart and sigh (link me to your favourites in the comments?) If you didn’t love these books let me know why, I’d love to hear your opinion!