Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #2
September 27th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off the most daring heist imaginable.
But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re fighting for their lives.
Double-crossed and badly weakened, they’re low on resources, allies and hope.
While a war rages on the city’s streets, the team’s fragile loyalties are stretched to breaking point.
Kaz and his crew will have to make sure they’re on the winning side… no matter what the cost.
In the last book, they entered the Ice Court and took Kuwei Yul-Bo. They intended to give him to Van Eck in order to receive the promised 30 million kluge, but he didn’t have the same plans. Van Eck tried to kill them in order to not give the money but Kaz was already half expecting it so he didn’t bring Kuwei there. Instead he brought Wylan who was tailored to look like him.
When Van Eck saw that, he arranged another plan and took Inej as a hostage, giving them 1 week to bring Kuwei.
In this book Kaz tries to find a way to get her back and the money, but not everything turned up well. They are double-crossed over and over. Their hope is shattered to pieces and they have no allies in all the city. Kay has to come up with a secret plan that will save them all, and get their money and their city back to them!
This book is even better than the first one. If you read my review of Six of Crows (here), you will see that although I loved the book, I had a hard time getting into it. But the same didn’t happen with this book.
Since the beginning, the book is full of tension and huge mysteries (you would say thats’s normal knowing Kaz, right? But this is even more than in the first book! The first book focuses more in action, while this one is about getting one step ahead of their enemies, reading their moves, their minds!) Every time we think finally everything is gonna be good, it certainly isn’t. Kaz’s plans are awesome, but somehow the others always find them out before time and manage to get a counter plan.
The plot is ridiculously amazing! I was hooked to the book and I couldn’t stop wanting more and more!
If you enjoyed the heist aspect of Six of Crows, this book is basically about what they did to get what was rightfully theirs. The whole book is a massive payback! I was constantly guessing and in suspense as to what the next move would be, and I just couldn’t predict it! I totally didn’t see THAT end coming!
I already said this in Six of Crows but, I absolutely love these characters! They are all so amazing in their own way! The crew is like a family. And for almost all, the only one they have. Each character brings something crucial to the group and to the story. And that makes it difficult to pick only one favorite character! Kay is the best obviously, and Inej is just amazing! But I also love the others so much!
From the last book we were expecting some shipping… Jasper and Wylan, Nina and Matthias, that where absolutely obvious, and Kaz and Inej. And although those expectations are slightly fulfilled, they were done in a very soft romantic way, that I loved! It would be weird to see their relationships any different that they turned out, although I wasn’t expecting what happened in one of them at all… sigh
In this book I understood the world much better, although now it was mainly focused in Ketterdam. The world is described in such detail that it amazes me!
And obviously, just like the last book the writing is stunning! Very rich, with the right pacing and in all the tension and emotion, we’re also able to find some funny moments.
Definitely this was a gorgeous, epic book! It had everything I wanted from it and a lot more. And definitely one of the best of this year! Highly Highly recommend if you haven’t read it!
Some awesome quotes:
“But what about the rest of us? What about the nobodies and the nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary….When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.”
“Has anyone noticed this whole city is looking for us, mad at us, or wants to kill us?”
“So?” said Kaz.
“Well, usually it’s just half the city.”
“Crows remember human faces. They remember the people who feed them, who are kind to them. And the people who wrong them too. They don’t forget. They tell each other who to look after and who to watch out for.”
“And that was what destroyed you in the end: the longing for something you could never have.”
A hard question… What was your favorite part in the book?