Mar 7, 2017

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows 2) by Leigh Bardugo || Review

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows 2) by Leigh Bardugo

 

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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.

Published September 27th 2016 by Orion Children's Books: Goodreads | Amazon

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book review rating 5 out of 5

FIVE SPECTACULAR CROOKED CROWS!

As odd as this may sound, I tend to save books that I know I’ll enjoy. Crooked Kingdom, the conclusion of the Six of Crows duology, is a delayed gratification that was immensely satisfying. Leigh Bardugo proves that she is a master at pacing and world-building. She spins a clever plot full of emotional depth, character fortitude, and laser-sharp twists.

Criminal prodigy, Kaz Brekker—Dirtyhand—returns with a vengeance after being double-crossed and left vulnerable by the kidnapping of one of his team members. But, Kaz still has one important leverage—the prize he extracted from the impenetrable Ice Court, and along with it, the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem. He will have to pull the greatest heist of his life to seek revenge and redemption, and to save the fate of the Grisha world.

Crooked Kingdom pulled me in initially with its fast-pace and high-stake plot, but what kept me engage were the vital and unique characters: Inej, the Wraith; Jesper, a sharpshooter; Nina, a Heartrender; Matthias, a stoic convict; and Wylan, an explosives expert. I love the luminous portrayal of each character’s demons and what they clung to for salvation, especially through the introduction of characters from their past.

Romances abound. Nina and Mathias are irresistibly adorable. Though, I really enjoyed the denied, yet sizzling electricity between Kaz and Inej. It was a slow-burn romance that demonstrates the reparative power of trust, acceptance, and most of all—touch—leading to a furious build of tension until its soul-searing reward.

Whether you're someone like me who saves a book to enjoy at a later day or prefer to devour a book hot off the press, I think you’ll find that Leigh Bardugo’s unique brand of magic is rather timeless. Crooked Kingdom is an addictive and propulsive read, where the characters are wondrously unique, the twists are sharp, and the consequences are just as deadly.

 

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