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One of my all time favorite books! The writing, characters and plot will blow your mind. This is a wonderful follow up to Six of Crows with lots of new plot lines and pay offs from the last book! All the characters go through amazing growth and change, coming out stronger than ever This is a really great book and you definitely should read it if you love stunning twists and great mystery!!
Loved this book. My favorite character is Kaz Brekker no doubt, Kaz is a mastermind. This book is an original and I like the different characters a lot. I also like the fact that one of the characters(Jesper) is "gay" but they don't make such a big deal about it, ex.: Oh my god! I wish the world was less harsh about homo... I absolutely despise those books. Nina was quite interesting and I could connect very well with her. Matthias was someone I knew but can't quite connect with exactly but still enjoyed. Overall, I absolutely loved this book. Kaz Brekker is my new idol.
Loved this: "No mourners, no funerals".
I liked this one even more than the first! It felt like more time was spent focused on the action and subterfuge of the jobs the team pulled off, and less time spent on backstory. Or maybe the flash-backstory just felt better woven into the beats. Either way, loved it. I cried, I laughed. I'll miss the six crows.
Disclaimer: This book contains graphic descriptions of the human body. It is not for the faint of heart
Stunning, surprising and stupid. These are the only words to truly describe the mains characters in Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom. They are stunning as each provide compelling narratives that don’t overcrowd the plot. Surprising as each chapter keeps you on the edge of your seat, in different ways, making you stay awake late into the night reading. Stupid because there are too many occasions you wish that they didn’t make a mistake or make you smile as they try to understand the complexities of budding romances. There is less world building in Crooked Kingdom than it’s predecessor Six of Crows, but that is to be expected when the plot is so full of details and chaos that it becomes hard to pinpoint when each narrator is pinpoint the chronological order of the events that occur. Despite some confusion, Crooked Kingdom created another magic trick that begs to be understood by the reader.
I normally enjoy fantasy type novels - I loved Bardugo's Grisha trilogy. I really wanted to like Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom too as they should be right up my alley, however they just didn't do it for me. While I enjoyed the references to the Grisha trilogy and the excellent character development, SoC and CK were too slow paced to keep my attention. I normally zip right through books, but unfortunately it was a struggle for me to get through this duology. I also never truly felt like the characters were in danger until close to the ending of either book, which may be why I wasn't as compelled to continue reading.
I love this series so much, I wish there was another book. I love the world that she has built. The band of characters work so well together and I care about each one.
A terrific finish to the duology, I loved this sequel even more than Six of Crows. If you like found families, heists, and ragtag teams with a unique skill set, you'll love these books. Six of Crows and Bardugo's Grishaverse trilogy have been picked up for a combined TV series, so start reading now!
Crooked Kingdom was amazing. Every character had so much development. I really, really liked Jesper's progress. And there were so many parts to the big scheme, with heart-stopping action. I loved that Bardugo writes it in such a way that there is a small break between each important event. Like how the crew regroups and figures stuff out then goes out to carry out their plans. Ok, that sounds pretty normal, but Bardugo's story and everything is so unique and splendid.
Here are *some* of my favorite quotes! MAJOR SPOILER WARNING!
1. “I would 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.”
2. “You aren’t a flower, you’re every blossom in the wood blooming at once. You are a tidal wave. You’re a stampede. You are overwhelming.”
3. “Nina glanced from Inej to Kaz and saw they both wore the same expression. Nina knew that look. It came after the shipwreck, when the tide moved against you and the sky had gone dark. It was the first sight of land, the hope of shelter and even salvation that might await you on a distant shore.” (chapter 22)
4. “He didn’t deserve peace and he didn’t deserve forgiveness, but if he was going to die today, maybe the one thing he’d earned was the memory of her--brighter than anything he would ever have a right to--to take with him to the other side.” (chapter 26, kaz)
5. “And that was what destroyed you in the end: the longing for something you could never have.” (chapter 30, kaz)
6. “Suffering is like anything else. Live with it long enough, you learn to like the taste.” (chapter 37, kaz)
7. “I promise, Matthias. I’ll take you home.”
“Nina,” he said, pressing her hand to his heart. “I am already home.”
8. "Her heart was a river that carried her to the sea.” (chapter 44)
Trust me, I could quote the whole book. I really enjoyed this novel and I felt so much closure. Looking forward to King of Scars.
Pretty good, however I felt that everything went right for the main characters. This created the sense that they were never really in danger and it was just temporary. Good characters, good setting and themes, just improve the plot slightly and it would of been great.
There were parts of the ending that I loved, but there were definitely a few parts that I didn't...and that's the reason I didn't like it as much as the first in the duology. The job was definitely interesting, and the connection with the Bardugo's first Grisha triology made me smile. The character growth was wonderful. The relationships may not have all been what I hoped, but there was some sweetness at the end that made it mostly satisfying.
I am wrecked. Everything Leigh did in this book was a stroke of genius. Everything in this book is so meaningful and impactful (Yes, even you-know-who's death. Damn it all, it was so well done and it really hit me.)
This was so fresh and beautiful. This book showcases true diversity, and diversity done exceptionally well. All of these characters are so, so amazing. I am in love with every single one of them! It hurts to part this world, but I know that it ended in the exact right place.
Thank you Leigh Bardugo for giving your audience everything you had to give.
Seriously, read these books!
A completely satisfying wrap-up to Six of Crows. This is how it's done. Each book is complete unto itself, but together they're even more satisfying. Kaz and his crew got the job done in book one, but it turns out they'll have to do some more scheming to actually get paid. This book felt like it fell back on more cliches, but it doesn't matter, the action was so fun to read and Bardugo left me gasping at some of the narrow escapes. More backstory on the characters was helpful and horrifying. Another bang up job.
Absolutely fantastic! Amazing characters and plot! (Read Six of Crow first)
I had so much fun reading this book. In fact, the duology stepped from the last book. I actually liked how the action built up and the fact that all countries were in the same city made it even more intense. I also liked the fact that I got to see more of the city of Ketterdam and how dark and grim it is. It made me think of the show Gotham or even Starlight city from Arrow combined. I also liked how Leigh also had more Grisha elements in the book as well. I have a feeling that I should read the Grisha Trilogy after this.
Starting off Kaz who I pretty much think is the most interesting character has developed so much in the book. I also like despite being a cruel, and smart person he has many sides of him. I also like seeing a part of him that actually cares for his team. I mean when someone is in trouble or down he will actually give a look. But at the same, I also like how Leigh didn’t make a 180 change for Kaz. It was more realistic and gradual which help keep the character we know.
For Inej, I think she is one of the strongest characters. I like how regardless of her past and the situations she knows how to take care of herself. She is tough and very smart. I also like the fact she and Kaz share this bond where they work well with each other. I hope another book comes out so I can see if they actually get together.
On to Wylan and Jesper. In the book, you get to know more about the characters and their backstory. I also liked Wylan, especially because in the first book I thought he was a whiny kid who just wanted to rebel. But throughout the book, I got a new respect for him. And Jesper he is just funny.
Lastly, I think the way it ended was perfect and it gave more open possibilities of more books. Like maybe spin-offs for the characters and maybe another series featuring the characters because I think it would totally fun to explore. I also would’ve liked to see how the characters who evolve as well.
Crooked Kingdom is the second book in Leigh Bardugo’s popular Six of Crows Duology. Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a near impossible heist. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back at 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 dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunningness and test the team’s fragile loyalties. There are so many things I loved about this book. You learn a whole lot more about each of the main characters, you get an even better understanding of not just Ketterdam but how the Grisha world fits together, and there is so many plot twists throughout the book. And of course, the wit that I loved in Six of Crows was back in Crooked Kingdom. This book ended the duology in the best way possible. Rating: 5/5.
- @Average_Bookworm of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
What a heartbreaker. As of right now, I have no heart capable of feeling. This book may have started off a bit slow, even with the cliffhanger from the previous, but it came and tore apart everything at the ending. Much like the first. I really think that a certain potential death was avoidable and unnecessary, especially since we don't get to find out what happens to their "partner" afterwards. But truly, I loved it and have no doubt that others will too. I haven't read such a good book in a while, so this was a nice eye-opener. I really do ship Kaz-Inej, honestly, what a pair. But I do ship Matthias-Nina more, and then Jesper-Wylan. Why authors feel the need to kill our emotions sometimes will forever be a mystery to me. 5/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Can I just say that Crooked Kingdom is such an amazing book with an amazing world, characters, and plotline? Don't let the bulky book size scare you, it's worth reading every page. Crooked Kingdom is the second book in the Six of Crows duology. It is so rare and refreshing to read a series like this one. Not only does it tie the little subplots as well as the plot itself into a cute bow, but it also leaves your heart wrenched in tension or your lungs hurting from giggling throughout the entire experience. I can't talk enough about the morally grey but strangely likable characters I read. There is so much character development included and what gets to me is that it's realistic character development. The girl does not heal the bad boy's heart with love and patience but instead, there is only hope that the boy will come to heal himself in time. That is only one of the storylines to these characters I now hold near and dear to my heart. If I could erase my memory of the book so I could read it for the first time all over again, I would.
- @Spectacles of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
I didn’t love Crooked Kingdom as much as Six of Crows, but I still liked the whole duology much more than I had anticipated. At times, Crooked Kingdom seemed messy and I felt that the book had lost its plot, or even that it was too fast paced. A better aspect of the book was the continued development of the characters, but I felt that in certain characters this went to waste or even wasn’t as prominent as it should have been. Where Crooked Kingdom does match up with Six of Crows is the book’s one-liners and quotables, which often occur during banter between the characters. My one wish for this book/duology is an even more fulfilling ending, as I found it hard to say goodbye to the amazing cast of characters. 4 out of 5.
- @pastapages of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
I adore this group of characters. Kaz is wonderfully vicious and cunning. Inej is irrepressibly hopeful. Jesper and Wylan are wonderful, playing off each other beautifully. Nina and Matthais are truly fabulous to read about.
I liked this slightly more than Six of Crows just because I felt the characters grow so much. I loved that the crazy schemes didn't always go as planned. That there were failures mixed in with the triumphs. You can't win every con, so it makes sense that Kaz would struggle occasionally no matter how smart and inventive he is.
Each character faced a struggle, internally or otherwise, that showed a bit more of their strength and how far they had come since the Ice Court job. I liked that the book didn't gloss over the secondary characters in favor of focusing on Kaz and Inej. The secondary cast is just as important here.
I loved the way this book wrapped up the duology. It left enough open to keep the imagination going, imagining how the characters lives would continue to unfold. It didn't go for a cheesy HEA for all the characters, didn't gloss over the issues they would have to face even after their stunning achievements. It was super well done.
Overall, super happy to have experienced these characters throughout both books and been able to go on such a crazy adventure with them. Kaz is ruthless and totally lovable and seriously one of my favorite characters of the year (maybe all-time top ten material).
Okay first of all: holy crap the roller coaster this book takes you on! And part of that is why I'm not giving it a full five stars the way I did with Six of Crows--it felt like there was too much packed into this book, from the Deeper Explorations of Everyone's Trauma to the 10,000 plots and plans they go through over the course of the book. I still really really liked it! I do really just enjoy being in this world and learning about the Adventures of My Emo Children Who Do Things For the Aesthetic, but I do think this book was less tightly-woven than Six of Crows was.
I have to say I like the first book better. The narration was focused on one big heighst. Yet in the second book, there were one scheme after another, to many challenges. Sometimes I feel each challenge was not so well descripted. There is also a lot more memories inbeded in within and well as more romance.
One thing I love about the second book is that it is probably the funniest on among the Grisha series. Jokes usually between Nina and Mathias. I adore this couple
So good!! Love the way she ended it, but hoping down the road she will write more!
I loved all the characters, the wonderful setting, the writing, all of it!
Five stars!! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
After Kaz and his crew are double-crossed in their job at the Ice Court, Kaz vows to get revenge. The slogan on the cover of the book is very apt--'when you can't beat the odds, change the game.' The twists and turns in the book are so exciting and the characters, Kaz, Nina, Mathias, Inez, Wylan and Jesper grow and develop so that we learn more about them. At over 500 pages, its a long read, but so terrific it's effortless to read. I'm only sorry that this is a two book series and I won't get to read about these great characters in another title.
I closed that book with a very pleased and surprised, "Whoa."
a) I forgot most of the details and the minor characters from the previous book. *shrug*
b) It's long, and it has a few dips. But these dips are more like potholes that Leigh Bardugo was able to drive over without blowing a tire, so yay for that!
c) Loved that Kaz wasn't changed miraculously, even though he is unbelievably cunning (I'm still trying to figure out how he managed it all)
As much as I love Kaz, one day he'll bite more than he can chew. Now, that'll be fun to read.