Title: Crooked Kingdom

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series Number: 2

Publication Date: September 27th 2016

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Hachette NZ to review.

Star rating:★★★

Summary: 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.


for fear of spoilers, this review will be rather brief than my usual ones.

THIS BOOK IS SO DAMN GOOD??!!! i loved it so much. i think my only issue with it is that it took a little to get into. (hence the four stars, rather than five). anyway, the plot of crooked kingdom is so complex – it kept me on my toes the whole time. there’s so much action. the writing style is so beautiful, it’s fast paced and although it’s super long, it was actually a really quick read. honestly, the writing was so clever. bardugo is phenomenal.

the characters were even more amazing in crooked kingdom than in six of crows. i say this because we get more backstory and learn so much about them. the character arcs are so well drawn out, i think it’s hard to not like anyone. i know i’m talking about them all generally here, but so much work has gone into this book, the characters are so realistic and i just can’t get enough!

one of my favourite things about this duology is the diversity. the characters are so diverse, and there’s so much to them. i like how the story doesn’t revolve around the diversities of the characters (sexuality, religion, skin colour, etc). i think because the plot was so full on and intense, there wasn’t much time to dwell on other things.

i’ve rated crooked kingdom a lovely four stars because it’s one of the best books i’ve ever read. i blame the slow start for the lowered star (i’m sorry). but in all honesty, i’d definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone. talk about a masterpiece!

thank you very, very much to hachette nz for giving me a copy to review! i really loved this book.


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