crooked kingdom // review

Title: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
No. of pages: 546
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Date Read: December 13, 2017

  • Second book in the Six of Crows duology


We’ll find a way to change their minds, she’d said. All of them. He would locate Nina. They would survive this night. They would be free themselves of this damp, misbegotten city, and then… Well, then they’d change the world. (Bardugo 292)


When I first finished Six of Crows, I immediately wanted to pick up this one up next. I needed to know what was going to happen to my favorite band of thieves. This book did NOT disappoint.

Crooked Kingdom is the continuation of Six of Crows and picks up right where the first one left off. Kaz and his merry band of thieves are left trying to figure out how to get Inej back and make Van Eck pay for double-crossing them. Honestly, I’m still kind of trying to piece together how exactly everything fell apart and then back together. Again, there were so many times where I had to go back and read a section because all of a sudden it made sense that one thing happened only to find out the effect maybe 100 pages later.

One of my absolute favorite things about this book, and maybe this series in general, is that though each character is an outcast in their own way, there is literally no way they should be a collaborative group. But they are. And it works. It also reminds me of how many times I’ve seen it played out in real life. Moments where you see a group that definitely shouldn’t work, but does because a common goal or a common interest that brings them together and that’s how they bond.

Even though this book is the end of the duology, I want more. I can honestly say that this series is definitely in the top five that I’ve read this year. I highly recommend this book, and I WILL be reading more from Leigh Bardugo in the near future.

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