Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo


I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.

Hello Everyone! I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday season. My apologies for being absent lately, finals week took up a lot of my time leaving hardly any room for reading. But now I am home and I already have a haul coming from the library, so I will keep you guys updated on that.

This seems to be the book that everyone is talking about. It’s the finale of Leigh Bardugo’s Duology, set in her Grisha world. I read Six of Crows this time last year, the characters and the plot were fascinating to me. And I was drawn in to pick up the second one. I read Crooked Kingdom via my online library on my laptop. This review will contain some spoilers of the first book as this is the sequel.

My Rating: A

Goodreads Synopsis: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.

My Thoughts: Leigh Bardugo’s world building never fails to capture my attention. Ketterdam is the city of sins, a corrupt monument to the devil himself. All of the Dregs and Kaz’s crew have suffered at the cities hand. After their big heist falls though, they are left picking up the pieces trying to make a profit off of what is left and find their own futures. The conduleded scheming, their in-depth plans, and their overall cleverness is absolutely fascinating. Just when you think there is no possible way for them to pull this off, Kaz has some sort of plan in his back pocket. The Duology is full of twists and turns, and for the first time in forever, I was fully satisfied with its endings.

What I Liked: The characters in this were phenomenal as always. They were diverse and well-rounded, each having their own struggles such as gambling and addiction. It’s books like these that make me realize how far YA has come over the last ten-fifteen years. It is no longer cardboard cutout books, but full well-rounded stories with blood and guts to spare. It’s a real testament to the changes in society, the quality of literature  we demand is a pretty good indicator. Another selling point in this book, the romance didn’t seem forced. It flowed, it felt natural, it was built on ideals other than convenience. Well done.

What I Disliked: As usual Kaz got on my nerves, his stubbornness is meant to annoy me, I understand that, but I really feel like he didn’t change from beginning to end. I think towards the end of the novel he is beginning to change and starting to move on from the horrors of his life. But he was still pretty willing to put anyone who got in his way on the chopping block. He just doesn’t forgive, and seemed condulded by his crazy schemes. However, this is all a key part of his character. So it is fascinating to see someone completely unhinged.

Would I recommend it? Yes, but read Six of Crows first.

Is this book on your to-read list? How do you feel about revenge? Would you be able to survive in Ketterdam?



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