Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel To Six Of Crows by Leigh BardugoCrooked Kingdom: A Sequel To Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel To Six Of Crows

byLeigh Bardugo

Hardcover | September 27, 2016

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Crooked Kingdom: the highly anticipated sequel to Leigh Bardugo's thrilling #1 New York Times-bestselling Six of Crows.

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 badly weakened, 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 the Grisha world.

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times-bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over one million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, and The Language of Thorns-with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including Som...
Title:Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel To Six Of CrowsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:560 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.6 inPublished:September 27, 2016Publisher:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1627792139

ISBN - 13:9781627792134


Rated 5 out of 5 by from My heart I do agree with the general opinion that the sequel is better than the first, although SoC was really really great too. This duology sets itself apart from many other YA books I've read. The character development is phenomenal. I don't know how the author managed to make all six characters so lovable. Definitely worth re-reading!
Date published: 2018-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the First While the first book was slow in places, this sequel didn't waste as much time getting to the action. There are some things that didn't seem to get wrapped up by the end, but maybe I missed something. All in all, very good book
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kaz Brekker? A Legend This book is a phenomenal sequel. Not only will it please your shipper heart in so many ways, but wow, the twists? The turns? That appearance by the Triumvirate? You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! Leigh Bardugo is just amazing at plotting!! I can't wait to see what she comes out with next. PLEASE read these books!!
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling sequel! This book follows Six of Crows and continues to expand on the characters and the world in a very exciting way. There were lots of twists and turns and the storyline was very intriguing!
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Crooked kingdom This was a pretty good book but it had much more potential.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Than SoC? LOVE LOVE LOVE this book so much. If anything I loved it even more than Six of Crows which is incredible considering the sequel is usually worse than the first book.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely! This book was lots of fun to read and it is impossible not to fall in love with all the characters.
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just awesome! If you even slightly enjoyed Six of Crows you will love Crooked Kingdom!!! The number of twists and turns keeps you so engaged until the very end. Once again the characters are developed so brilliantly and following them is a pleasure. I am so sad this is it for these characters because I could read about this epic squad endlessly. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tired and Disappointed... Okaaaay *sighs*, similarly to Six of Crows I didn't LOVE this... It was just okay... I really don't know how to explain my feelings towards this series, like I desperately want to love it but I just don't and I can't quite put my finger on why this is exactly. In theory these books should have been right up my alley! Fantasy world, interesting magic system, complex anti-hero type characters, crazy heist's and cons. LIKE WHY DON'T I LOVE THIS?! I did find that i enjoyed Crooked Kingdom a teeny, tiny bit more than Six of Crows, but only barely. Having all the world building, that I struggled to get through in the first book, helped me get "into" this book slightly quicker. I enjoyed the crazy twists and turns of the heist this novel, it kept me on my toes and genuinely shocked me at times, which was fun. But that's about it as far as my praise goes. I still HATE that the characters are teenagers... I don't buy it, and can't wrap my head around it. And I think its part of the reason I can't bring myself to LOVE it. I also think this is part of the reason why I don't feel connected to any of the characters... Like they're just kinda there, and I'm just reading about them but i don't actually care about them. I have zero emotional connection to them at all! The only characters I even remotely liked were Inej and Nina (and even they annoyed me to some extent). I really despise Kaz, to the point where i was hoping he died so I didn't have to listen to him talk anymore. I found Jesper annoying. Matthias insufferable. Meh about Wylan. I HATE Kuwei, he was literally so annoying. I honestly never thought I was a character driven reader, but apparently I am! Something about Bardugo's writing style just doesn't mesh with me. Like I can acknowledge that she's a good writer, but something about it fells weird and awkward to me and I don't quite understand why she's everyone's favourite author, the only other author I've experienced something similar with is Rainbow Rowell. It feels like Bardugo's the cool kid that everyone loves but I'm not in her bubble of awesomeness so I don't quite understand what everyone's going on and on and on about when they're singing her praises because I just don't see it. Clearly she's talented and obviously this is just a me thing, because literally no one I know has had issues with her writing but me. *shrugs* I feel tired... and underwhelmed, which is not how I want to feel after reading a book. Especially one that I thought I would love. Which just leaves me disappointed, which is now forever how I will remember these books and that makes me soooo unbelievably sad.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even Better Than 6 of Crows This was the follow up to the Six of Crows. There is no point in reading this one unless you read Six of Crows and I would say (despite what I had read before) Six of Crows does not stand alone and you need to read this to finish the whole tale. Inej was last seen being captured by the bad man who wouldn't pay up to Kaz and his crew after they had very nicely robbed the Ice Palace for him and brought back the guy who could make super magic dust to turn the magic people into SUPER magic people. I don't want to spoil too much of the book so I will try to stick to vagueness. While the first book was a heist book with a bit too many "oops this didn't go according to plan" moments. This book was about crafting revenge, more of a spy thriller in that sense. There is still one "oh WOW this didn't go according to plan" moment in the book but it worked better for me because it led to some other different outcomes and the first plan (that went to hell in a hand basket) still did some things to help our heroes (the criminals we like) in the end. As opposed to "well that was a waste of 200 pages of planning". Also, while the first book had too many relationship moments (we love each other but we CAN'T love each other *sigh*), it calmed down in this book and I enjoyed the character interactions a lot more. Overall, this book was a lot more satisfying and enjoyable a read for me. Some of that had to do with the fact it didn't end on a cliff hanger but it was more due to the fact I liked the story more and how the twists were handled. I assume this is the fact the author Leigh is still improving her writing skills with every book (as opposed to some - Rowlings I am looking at you - who seemed to get worse). The one weak party of the plot was - like Six of Crows - Leigh starts off with a teaser. In 60C the teaser laid the groundwork for the major plot of Super magic dust but in this one we get a teaser of "Grisha are being captured by winged super strong people who can smell Grisha and capture them". While this comes into play in the book I felt it was very forced and if you edited that whole subplot out the book wouldn't have suffered at all. Also, the other thing I didn't love was the ending of the book for one character. It felt "we need sadness - let's do this!" instead of coming organically from the plot. But those quibbles aside a strong book and a lot of fun to read. Leigh is a very engaging writer and worthy of the praise she has been receiving.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from you thought six of crows was good? holy cow this book was awesome. It was totally unpredictable, and all the twists and turns kept me on my toes, guessing what might happen. While the ending left me only wanting MORE MORE MORE, this duology has quickly shot up to one of my favourite series. a really really great read
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unpredictable and satisfying Lots of twists and turns and suspense, a little heartbreak but very satisfying conclusion.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crooked Kingdom What a fantastic series. Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom are definitely my favourite books that I've read so far this year. I loved the entire cast of characters. Kaz's scheming, Inej's skills, Nina's struggle, Matthias' devotion, Jesper's attempt at redemption, and Wylan's pursuit at being something more. Each character was fundamentally flawed, which made them easy to relate to compared to most protagonists. I can't recommend this series enough.
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even Better If you thought there was anything missing from Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom will fix that! Highly recommended.
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great read! I love these characters and the book is impossible to put down!
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impossible to put down (literally, I finished this book in 5 hours flat) As soon as I finished Six of Crows, I absolutely devoured Crooked Kingdom. If you thought Six of Crows was as good as it was going to get, you're in for a surprise. If I could rate this 6 stars, you better believe I would. I would recommend reading the Shadow and Bone trilogy right after finishing Crooked Kingdom, that way you can understand some of the minor references made to the series within Crooked Kingdom and also hopefully have a better appreciation for the series (it wasn't as good as Six of Crows, but I think it's still important and enjoyable to read it). #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This series was even better than the Shadow and Bones trilogy, hope to see Kaz Brekker and the others in the new series about Prince Nickolai.
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing follow up One of the only books where I was quite okay with the ending.... besides a few things of course! A great finish to this amazing series!
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crooked Kingdom I loved the conclusion to the Six of Crow duo logy. It was great that it was set in the same world as the Shadow and Bones Trilogy, but with a different story.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looking for an entertaining and engaging read? Crooked Kingdom will definitely meet your needs. Leigh Bardugo is solid in this sequel to the Six of Crows. Interestingly, even though I didn’t read the first book (my only Bardugo novel was Shadow and Bone, which I loved), I was completely engaged with Kaz’s story. For me, Bardugo writes the kinds of books I love: strong characters, fast paced action, and plot lines that are intriguing. Both books I’ve read by her have fallen into the “can’t put down” category. Looking for an entertaining and engaging read? Crooked Kingdom will definitely meet your needs.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Series I Have Ever Read If you enjoy action and adventure this book is perfect for you. It had just the right amount of action while still having a deep and ever expanding plot to go along with it. All of the characters have amazing and well though out storylines. Overall an amazing story and conclusion to the previous novel.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Stop RE-READING THESE BOOKS!! I’m a huge fan of Six of Crows and an even BIGGER fan for Crooked Kingdom. Although one of the storylines at the end killed me (**so many tears**), I was overjoyed to be back in this world again. It felt so good to read such strong character development, especially in Kaz. I was on the fence about him for most of the first novel, but in Crooked Kingdom he won me over. He and Matthias definitely compete for who had the most character growth, but learning about Kaz’s background tipped the balance in his favour. We really get the chance to live in his head and see all his fears – and his purpose for everything he does – which just makes me like him even more. The women are awesome (as usual) and I love that they can hold their own in a fight. No one would want to run into Inej in a dark alley. Plus, we get the added bonus of some of our favourite Grisha (and pirate) from “Ruin and Rising” making an appearance. Immediately after the book ended (and I was still drying my tears) I had to look up an interview with Bardugo to understand why she did what she did to one of the characters. Although I eventually came around to understanding her reasons for it, a part of me will always lament that it couldn’t be a happy ever after for everyone. I guess we knew it was bound to happen, especially with how often they say “No mourners, no funerals”… but it still hurt. Adored this book and cannot recommend it enough!
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC this series as amazing!! this book was just as good as the first book. I really loved that the author added more romance scenes with Inej and Kaz as well as Kaz dealing with his issues. I wish this wasn't the ended of their story!
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SooooOOOO GOOD Leigh Bardugo somehow managed to write an even better book than the first in this duology. Absolutely amazing! Her writing is phenomenal and I feel SO MUCH for every character. It made me laugh, cry and freak out all at the same time. I only wish there was more! An all time favorite for sure. YOU'LL LOVE IT
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from definitely a favourite series ** spoiler alert ** I don’t have the words to express how much I loved this book. Every single piece of it was thought out so well, every detail was purposeful and lead to an outstanding ending. I have never been so surprised by the way a book has played out, I also probably haven’t cried that much. But that’s a different story. Leigh Bardugo makes you fall in love with and care for every individual character, Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Matthias, Nina, and Wylan all won a place in my heart. Each character was so different in their backgrounds, beliefs and way of life, but they all worked so well together and made each other better. You got to see each person grow and become who they needed to be not only for others but for themselves. I will not forget these characters. Can we just take a second to appreciate the work put into this plot and setting. It may have taken until the end to understand just how deep everything in this story went, but once you see it it’s absolutely amazing. This story and this world are put together so well, everything was finished impeccably well and my god that makes me sad. I’m not ready to let these characters go, I can’t bear the thought that their story has ended and I really hope that’s not true. Farvell you beautiful characters I know I will check up on you again. There is no doubt in my mind.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was sooo good, and I was so sad when it ended. I honestly adored all these characters and did not want their story to end.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES. I just finished rereading this and all I can say is that it was just as sensational the second time around. I have loved this world and these characters since the moment I first met them and I'm sad that I've had to say goodbye for a second time. This duology will forever remain one of my all time favourites. This is Bardugo's masterpiece and I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Was in denial throughout the book
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok i got bored halfway through
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful What an ending! I want more books. I am so in love with this!
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soooo good! I honestly did not want this series to end! Can we please have a spin off of Kaz and Inej?? The 1st book was great and the second was amazing! You can find a little of everything in these books - action, adventure, romance, suspense... The author has done a great job with both character and world development - you really started getting attached to these characters and I was sad to leave the story when it ended. A must read!
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can never rate this high enough All I'm going to say is, I read this in 4 days, which to a slow reader like myself, isnt that much. Book two was 100x better than Book one, and everything was all around better.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great ending to this duology! 4 stars! After months of seeing their beautiful covers all over Instagram, I have finally read this duology. And... these books are really freaking good. It's a fantasy/steampunk/heist story with an Ocean's 11 vibe - I loved it. Bardugo has created a complex, dark and well developed world - I found myself immersed in the story very quickly. Her characters are also extremely well done. They're deeply flawed and at times, very unlikeable. Yet I found myself hoping they would succeed. Conversation and banter flowed easily between characters, and I was impressed with how well Bardugo covered things like PTSD. And I was thrilled that the entire story was limited to two books, because series that go longer than that are getting a bit tired.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Duology I thoroughly enjoyed these books. The characters, the setting, the plot twists, Ioved it all!
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING. At this point I'm ready to bow down to Leigh Bardugo. This was the best series I have ever read with amazing characters, plot, worldbuilding, and a diverse gang of characters who have some of the most hilarious and heartwarming interactions with each other.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best duology I've ever read! This was an outstanding sequel to Six of Crows. It had everything I wanted in a book: an interesting plot, clever dialogue, action scenes, friendship, romance, strong female characters, and fantastical powers. The thing I appreciated the most was the racial, economic, and gender diversity of the characters, who were fully-fleshed out. And the ending was incredibly satisfying!
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best sequel series ever gorgeous conclusion. so powerful and emotional. all the loose ends are tied up, without revealing too much or overdoing it. leaves the reader wanting more, but this feeling is what makes the book so special and so damn great,
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from <3 Loved this book as much as the first one! Was quite sad that it ends because I really liked the Dregs but I'm happy with the final. Really great book
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As amazing as the first I was so pleased with this sequel and was so happy that it was as good, if not better, than Six of Crows. Everything about it is incredible and it owns a piece of my heart for forever
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books ever written. Absolutely brilliant. Easily one of the best books I've ever read. I'll never be able to understand how Leigh Bardugo writes such rich characters, plots and settings. Unbelievable. Simply amazing
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the first. This book was definitely better than the first. I think it was because I enjoy the Grisha trilogy better and Crooked Kingdom had a lot more references to the trilogy. I 100% recommend reading the Grisha trilogy before reading this duology, especially before Crooked Kingdom. It will just make your reading experience so much better!
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My heart! ugh i love Leigh Bardugo and Kaz and everyone in this series <3 I got concerningly attached to Kaz. His whole crew was amazing and adorable and...the whole heist and plot!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! After reading the first book, I had my doubts that the second couldn't raise the bar any higher. Turns out, I was wrong! With more action, a deeper plot, and, lets be honest, the tiny bit of romance we all wanted to see, this sequel definitely surpasses the first.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WAY BETTER THAN THE FIRST I really liked the first book, but this book definitely stepped it up. I didn't know how to feel after reading it because I had so many emotions. I NEED MORE KAZ AND INEJ
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Absolutely loved both of these books. Interesting characters that could stand alone but also were amazing as an ensemble!!!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a strong sequel What a satisfying end to the series!!
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Leaves you wanting more I love the fact that this series was a duology and didn't stretch on forever, but I was still left wanting more. I love *most* of the conclusions given to the characters. Another beautiful piece of storytelling by the author.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a strong sequel I couldn't wait for this book to be released and then I absolutely loved and devoured it. I am glad she chose to wrap up this series after 2 books, it felt like the right time to leave you wanting more but without overworking it either. This book did not feel quite as magical as the first, but it was still fun, imaginative, diverse and wonderful.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from NO WORDS!! I can't even!!!! This book was afreakinmazing!!!! i do not have one bad thing to say about this book!! i just don't the Author was not only a genius but also very sneaky!! BEST BOOK EVER!!
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTELY AMAZING The BEST sequel I have ever read. I was absolutely blown away by this story and its beautifully written characters. Leigh is a master or words! I am so hyped to read whatever she writes next. Everything she touches turns to gold, aha! <3
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Sequel I didn't even know it was possible to fall in love with these six characters anymore than I already was, but my love for them all doubled. This story and these individuals will always have a special place in my heart
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No mourners, no funerals. ;) I absolutely enjoyed this book and Six of Crows! I would looooove to get a third book, though.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect This book surpassed the first book in my opinion. I didn't want it to end!
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD I need this series to continue, that's how good this book is. Super action packed sequel to Six of Crows. Gangs, magic and diversity!
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Need More! I cannot rave about this series enough. All 6 dregs have my heart, their banter is hilarious! Need more of these characters asap
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even better than six of crows! I don't know how, but Bardugo managed to get even deeper into the world she had created and into the psyche of her characters. This entry felt a bit more character driven then the first one, which is really my cup of tea. I loved loved loved the way the characters' relationships evolved, and where the plot went. Really nice. 10/10 would read again.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Sequel! It is really hard for me to pick which of the 2 books were my favourite. the first book had an exciting plot and the second book had incredible character development. I cannot wait to reread this gem of a book!
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Six of Crows was great, but this was even better This book was definitely more painful than the last one, as the stakes are even higher (which would seem impossible considering what they had to do in the last book). Obviously it picks up after Inej has been kidnapped by Van Eck, so there's no time to relax. For the most part, I liked how every story wrapped up. The characters were fleshed out even more, and were all tested in various ways that I really enjoyed. The end was slightly bittersweet, but mostly sweet. I can't wait to see what Leigh will do with these characters in the future, since apparently she isn't done with them yet. I'll be eagerly awaiting whatever she plans to do. This novel has some cameos from characters that were major players in the Grisha Trilogy, so I would suggest reading that first if it was on your TBR as well.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A perfect sequel to Six of Crows! I am in pain. I can't say goodbye to these amazing characters. But I have to admit that Crooked Kingdom ended this duology perfecly. I didn't think it would be possible to make these characters even more interesting than in Six of Crows, but once again, Bardugo surprised me! If you haven't picked it up yet, do it! This serie will blow your mind!
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic WHAT a fantastic series this was! The ending was so bittersweet but I completely understand why things ended the way they did. The heist turned out to be so much more than a get in and get out situation. Definitely recommend this series!
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would recommend When I read Six of Crows, I fell in love with it; the characters, the plot, the writing. I was excited to pick this one up. Although I didn't like it as much as the SoC, I still loved it. It made me laugh and cry. I can't recommend this duology enough!
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! I didn't think it could be better than six of crows but it was.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it This is a page turner. I really enjoyed it
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book That Will Keep You Up At Night There are not enough stars. Not enough stars for how much I loved this book. I really, truly, deeply adored SIX OF CROWS. Its sequel takes the story to a whole new level, putting my favourite band of thugs and crooks into an even more dire situation, filling me with tidal waves of emotion, making me smile and cry, keeping me from concentrating on reality, telling a stellar story that I could hardly put down. The stakes were quadrupled in this tale of revenge and retribution, and no one got away unscarred. The characters grew and matured more than I thought possible. They soared to various highs and sank to some dismal lows. I was biting my nails for every single one of them, especially Inej (that poor girl!). Equally as liberating was Jesper and Wylan's stories. I could go on and on about these characters who've earned their way into my heart––Nina and Matthias's romance was heart-wrenching and beautiful, and Kaz is on par with the Joker in terms of master-minding––but the truth is that you need to experience this book and this series. I went in not knowing much, and came out with an ultimate reader high. This duology is spectacular and one of my favourites ever. I can't stop thinking about it. Do not miss out on it!
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4 Brilliant Stars Honestly, guys, I have to admit: I liked the first book better. Don't get me wrong; Crooked Kingdom was freaking intense. It was five hundred-plus pages of nonstop action, (completely unfair) plot twists, and romance (I ship it, guys. I ship it). But it was lacking that certain... something for me, that Six Of Crows had that made me love it so much. That being said, I was satisfied overall with how Bardugo wrote the sequel. Some authors release an amazing book that sweeps everyone off their feet, and then drop a sequel like a hot potato that no one wants to touch. But Bardugo - in her infinite talent that will never cease to utterly amaze me - has not only recaptured the dark and gritty essence of Ketterdam, but managed to exploit it until you can hear, smell, and taste the very city. I wasn't just reading about Ketterdam; I was inside Ketterdam, racing alongside the Dregs and feeling my heart drop every time someone threw a wrench into the plan. And can we just take a minute to appreciate (see also: scream and throw the book against the wall) those wrenches? I think Bardugo has an entire toolbox of them and ponders them carefully before choosing the most painful, heartbreaking idea she has squirreled away in her box of horrors. Oddly enough, this isn't what I mildly disliked about this book. On the contrary - while the constant twisting and turning does start to wear on a person's mental state after a while, I applaud Bardugo for her ability to throw a grisly twist into the story and still maintain a steady rhythm, never once losing the thread of the tale. What annoyed me was how she ended it. Aside from a major plot twist that I did NOT see coming (I don't think I'll ever be okay with this, let's just be honest here!) the ending of this novel felt like it trailed off into an awkward silence. The characters all simply went their own way, doing their own thing, and meanwhile I was sitting there clutching the book in a white-knuckled grip, thinking it can't possibly end this way. But it did, because... reasons. Six Of Crows ended on a major cliffhanger. Okay, but Crooked Kingdom picked up where SOC left off and completed the story. Crooked Kingdom ends on another cliffhanger of sorts, and... that's it? No continuation of the story to let us know how our beloved characters will deal with this potential threat? To be quite honest, this really, really frustrated me and took away from my love for this book. It was fantastic, I did enjoy it, but I just can't come to terms with the feeling of a rushed-through ending and loose threads dangling. I do recommend this, however, because if you've read Six Of Crows, you should really pick up Crooked Kingdom, as well. It wasn't my favorite read (that honor goes to the amazing Six Of Crows), but I did enjoy it.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Original story line, beautifully thought out characters and an overall joy to read! Absolutely loved it!
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful an amazing ending to this duology. will miss these characters very much. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because I prefer the first book in the series and I felt more connected to the characters in the first novel. Loved this though! Matthias is <3
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YES. «When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.» Crooked Kingdom was close to perfect. We still follow Jesper, Kaz, Inej, Wylan, Nina and Matthias in their crazy adventures to retrieve what the world owe them. This time, they have to make the way around and inside Ketterdam and their inside enemies as the city seems to close around them. We get to know some awesome side characters and the many many side plots make everything so interesting and keep you on the edge of your chair (or whatever you read in). The reveal of the main plot at the end is simply fantastic. The only problem that I have with this book is that there were, for me, some long moments. Chapters that were only setting things with nothing happening much or chapters that came after bigger chapters that seemed dull to me. AND THE THING THAT HAPPENED. IT STILL HURTS AND MY HEART IS NOT YET HEALED. But seriously, that book was amazing.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1000% Would Recommend Reading CROOKED KINGDOM was like watching an epic movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat. And after reading the first book, SIX OF CROWS, reading about these characters again was a lot like going home. I won't say anything else to avoid spoilers, just read the book! You won't regret it.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Cried This was the heartbreaking finale to this duology. As much as I loved this book, if I could go back in time to a place where I had only read the first one to spare myself heartbreak I would. So naturally you need to read this book.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Conclusion I loved this book even more than Six of Crows! This is a must read no question!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this I was so so so worried that crooked kingdom was gonna have a bad case of the second book syndrome but this was just not the case. crooked kingdom stayed true to the characters while developing them in excellent ways (wylan van sunshine, love of my life). ALSo the addition of new characters (hello dunyasha evil, crazy loml) and characters from Leigh bardugos grisha trilogy was just excellent excellent excellent. while I admit I still think six of crows is sliiiightly better I immensely enjoyed crooked kingdom and would recommend it to literally anyone lol.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I'm so frustrated First off, can I just say that I loooove the characters. The characters are wonderful and I love them all and hurt for them all and root for them all. They have my heart. I also loved reading about each character's role in their schemes. I loved reading about them climbing buildings and wearing costumes and throwing fake money around, quoting musicals, I loved reading about them sneaking into places and escaping from attacks. But the schemes. There were sooooo many schemes. Sooooo many little schemes with so many little parts from here and there with these people and those letters and that lie and this empire and just ... ahhh... I had no idea what was happening half of the time. All their little effing schemes were so intricate and had so many levels to them with so many things and so many more effing schemes that I couldn't follow it at all. Too many schemes! TOO MANY! And don't even get me STARTED on what happened on page 497. I feel like I'm just overall very disappointed in this. I love the characters, I love the writing... but I'm feeling a little frustrated right now. I don't understand how people thought this was better than Six of Crows. I've heard a lot of people say that there is more character development in this one, and I have to disagree. We did learn about characters we never learned about in Six of Crows, but that doesn't equal more. Just different. Because we also had very little to no backstory about the characters we learned from in Six of Crows. I also swear to saints (see what I did there?) that we had more backstory chapters in Six of Crows than in Crooked Kingdom. The characters that we learner about, I swear we got more story about them than in this one. Also there weren't enough of my favourite characters. Which made me vair vair said. And the stuff about Nina bothered me. Too easy. Also I felt like the whole story was just.... a mess, to be honest. Like seriously. All the effing schemes!!! With all the little parts to them! UGH! I also felt like the overall story of Six of Crows was stronger. First of all, I found it a hell of a lot more interesting. They were breaking into a prison, for Christ's sake! And then breaking out! That's pretty effing cool. And in this one they were like: "Let's get our money that we deserve! OK! Let's make a scheme! Dammit, it didn't work! Let's make another scheme! Oh shit, we've run into some trouble! Better make another DAMN EFFING SCHEME BECAUSE WE ARE THE KINGS AND QUEENS OF STUPID EFFING SCHEMES!" Blah.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 546 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 5 This duology is absolutely amazing, so much so that it has earned the number two spot on my shelf (I organize by preference if you didn’t know). I don’t feel like going into this fully (especially since all of my reviews go on Goodreads and the Chapters Indigo (Canadian bookstore) website), but if you haven’t read some of my more recent posts, I have been dealing with some stuff for a while and have only recently started to deal with it, with said “thing” hitting me the hardest I think it has ever hit me from the end January to the middle of February. So what does this to do with Crooked Kingdom? Well, I read both Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom during that period, which makes me both sad and incredibly grateful. It makes me sad that I will never be able to read these books for the first time in a “good” mental state, yet grateful because these books helped me through that period so much. I think this a good reminder that you don’t always have to relate to a novel for it to help you; sometimes you just need a perfectly crafted story with some phenomenally flawed characters. The story simply sucks you in and doesn’t let you go until you have read every single page, and even then, this one of those books that is completely unforgettable. For that reason, it was the perfect read to help me forget and escape. My brain wasn’t hell for a few minutes; instead it was too focused on praying for nothing to happen to some of the best characters I have ever read. Speaking of the characters, I am incredibly grateful that some of the characters don’t end up “getting better” by the end of the book, because some things can’t be fixed in a few hundred pages, and as upset as I am that two of my favorite characters didn’t end the book in a relationship, I think they have to slay their demons first, and I can appreciate that that might take some time. It didn’t help that one of them did the sweetest thing for the other in the second last chapter, though. There is also a soul shattering moment where my feelings on the event were perfectly summarized by a character, but I can’t say what it is because of spoilers. Let’s just say that even guessing which relationship would be destroyed didn’t stop the river of tears (for those who have read Crooked Kingdom, I thought it would happen to the other half of said relationship). Overall, Crooked Kingdom is unforgettable, earning it 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it to everyone on the planet, even if they think they won’t like it.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST read!! I can't get over how much I love Leigh Bardugo's writing and stories. This book was long, but every bit of it kept me engaged throughout and I love the characters so much!! 10/10 recommend!!
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good A good sequel and ending to the series
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Sequel! An absolutely superb follow up to a wonderful book. Ties up the story wonderfully. Same wonderful characters with a couple new ones and the twists and turns were as wonderfully done as they were in the first. Consistent quality and one of my favourite fantasy series to date
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from FUn Definetly better than the first one
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much stuff happened I thought that this was a really good conclusion to this duology, a left you with just the right amount of questions. It really keeps you engaged throughout. Great book overall.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I didn't want this book to end 5 stars and beyond for a phenomenal conclusion to this duology. As always, all the main characters and their relationships with one another were fantastic. I'm happy that the couples that I rooted for did express their feelings in the end. Jesper and Wylan are still my favourite ship :D The plot was great and there was never a dull moment in the book. It definitely demonstrates how much Bardugo has improved since her first book. Although, I hope Bardugo will expand more of this universe regarding *cough* Nikolai. I was really glad to see him make a cameo and to find that he still hasn't lost that charm of his despite all he has been through. I look forward to reading whatever she'll come up with next in the future :)
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All the feels a sequel that doesn't fail!
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sequel! I was so excited to be diving back into the crime-filled world of Six of Crows and Leigh Bardugo did not disappoint. Kaz and the crew are in a predicament but they manage to resolve all the problems that have accumulated with exacting revenge on those who have wronged them. It was an action-filled and it made you not want to put the book down.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend! My respect for Leigh Bardugo grows with every book she publishes. This book (and the first of the duology, Six of Crows) contains spectacular diversity, not only through the characters racial/sexual/gender identity and physical abilities but also through their variable ethics and questionable characters. In short, I love this woman's writing.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expect the Unexpected I love it! Officially part of my favorites! This series is amazing! All the characters are awesome, I can't decide who's my favorite. I'm sitting here wanting more. This cannot be the end! Whenever it seemed like it the crew got in a rough spot they've made it out...more or less. Every job they pulled off had me on the edge, crossing my fingers and praying for things to go according to plan and then something unexpected happens and it turns out, it was all part of the plan...more or less.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Duology! I have a new favourite author!! The Six of Crows is a bit like Ocean's Eleven but YA-fantasy, set in a different world, and has characters that you cheer for, cry for/with, shake your head in dismay and frustration at, and celebrate any victories. Basically it's a heist/ caper story with heart. A hearty caper? A great read, not for the faint of heart and NOT for the younger readers. Definitely some mature themes and situations. But a great read all the same. "No mourners!"
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! Amazing book and great conclusion to the series. I'm really hoping for an inej origin story!!
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic Story Telling This whole series is amazing and the writing is ridiculous! And by ridiculous I mean spectacular! Quickly, exceeded my expectations and is a pretty close number one to favorite books. Just these band of misfits are everything! I just finished and I already miss them. And even though they're strictly bad guys, they're kind of good. I mean. Kaz, sexiest bad guy I've ever read, and that's saying something because I very rarely fall for the bad guy! Inej, with her knives and amazing spider like skills! This book was amazing and the whole series blew my mind!!
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful great story and writing and cover!
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD I love this two book series SO much. The ending was perfect.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart-breakingly Good An incredible follow up to a gripping prequel. Crooked Kingdom makes you fall in love with the characters all over again while also introducing new layers and depth. You are engaged from rapid fire start all the way to the wrenching conclusion.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fanstastic read! I fell in love with these characters and the writing was so well done. Bravo!
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from blurb says it all Sequel sequels are never as good as the original
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect book I dont think I can put into words the feels I have for this book. It was an amazing follow up to SoC and I really wish we would get more from this world and these characters. I was drowning in a puddle of tears by the end and I'm still getting a bit emotional thinking about it. Its just perfect
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from no thanks Too many writers and not enough authors. The genre has been diluted
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even better than Six of Crows!! How Bardugo pulled off an even better novel than Six of Crows just proves that she is an author changing the game of YA fiction!! So many twists, turns, smiles, and heartbreak.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING It played with my emotions and I loved every second.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! Even better than the first!!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slightly Disappointing I want to give it a happy, five star review but I didn't find this sequel as compelling. Even the characters I loved were not as interesting, especially Kaz who felt like he lost some of the development he was heading towards in the first book. I felt bored with this book too, it was pretty long and it wasn't until the conclusion that I felt things got compelling. Despite that, if you've read the first book and enjoyed it a lot (like me) then this sequel is definitely worth a shot.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Conclusion A prefect end, with a little bit of tragedy. Loved seeing the Grisha world from a different perspective.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sequel did not disappoint the story continued right where we had left off and it was a roller coaster (the good kind of course). I really loved this just as much as the first one.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! an amazing end to a series
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great end to the series! The sequel to Six of Crows does not disappoint! The storyline is just as fast paced and complex as the first book and the characters are still amazing. The ending felt a little rushed but there was room left for more stories from these characters and I hope Bardugo writes more!!!!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ah, couldn't stop admiring the cover... This book is so amazing yo idk what else to say. Diversity for the win! Defo a must read.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I've been waiting forever for this book and I must say, I could barely get my hands off it once I got it!
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Anticipated Book of 2016 Leigh Bardugo did not disappoint once again. As if there weren't enough reasons to read this duology... Kaz Brekker!! A perfect sequel to a perfect story.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! This was such an amazing read. I absolutely loved the character development, the plot, the dialogue. Everything was so fun to read and I got lost in the story. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked seeing "old friends" This was the kind of book that I needed to keep reading yet hoped would never end. I'm not even sure what to say about it. It was a perfect, thought-provoking, feels-inducing story. It was entirely unpredictable and I loved every word. I felt that it wrapped up everyone's stories nicely (but not necessarily happily) while at the same time leaving room open for some spin-off series. You don't have to read the Grisha Trilogy first, but I'm glad that I did because a lot of the characters from that series were secondary characters in this book, so seeing them again was a nice surprise.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Such a great read I'm so glad i bought this
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as good as the first. This book was great. The ending was lovely and I'm hoping that she writes another book.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book is so so special to me. this sequel was so perfect and i suggest everyone read this series. i have trouble putting into words how much i love this book!
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great concept the description is really good sounds really great first few pages were intriguing! ready to read the rest
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worthwhile! I found this sequel very well written and worthwhile to read!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT This was such a great sequel! Literally it is just soooooooo amazing! I laughed a lot reading this book too!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was wrong I loved SOC and I didn't think anything could beat it... but I was wrong. Crooked Kingdom beat the first book by a landslide it was so good.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kaz Brekker is amazing! I love this duology even more than the grisha trilogy.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All the stars I was a bit sad that this was only a duology because these books were THAT good. I feel like this book has a bit of something for everyone!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Brilliant Piece of Work by Bardugo! Crooked Kingdom has been one of my most anticipated fall releases, so of course I picked it up as soon as it hit shelves. Crooked Kingdom was everything I wanted from the second book in this duology, and then some. As with it’s predecessor, the characters were perfect, and the story was so twisted and unexpected that it was hard to put the book down. Unsurprisingly, Crooked Kingdom is essentially non-stop action, but Bardugo doesn’t let that stop her from mixing in plenty of character development, storytelling and world-building. As with Six of Crows, Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Wylan and Jesper are masterfully drawn, each unique in their own way, yet each fitting together to form this team like pieces of a puzzle. There were several moments in this book where I simply stopped reading in awe of the prowess of Bardugo’s writing, especially when it came to the flawlessness of her dialogue. Often, dialogue feels somewhat forced and trivial, yet as a result of the expertise with which Bardugo developed her characters, every moment with them felt true and human. Bardugo’s storytelling proved to be exemplary in this novel, far exceeding her previous work. The story truly drew the reader in, holding onto us through a complex web of secrets and lies that simply couldn’t be left unanswered or not understood. Overall, Crooked Kingdom is a rarity in that it was equal, if it did not outshine, its predecessor. With utterly human, relatable characters that are written with exceptional poise and detail, and a story which flawlessly builds upon previously introduced plot points while maintaining its complexity, Crooked Kingdom is truly a work of art that cannot be overlooked. Fans of fantasy novels should not pass by this one, or Bardugo’s other works – to do so would be to miss out on a wonderful piece of work that is worth every minute you spend reading it!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Definitely on my to read list
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love I liked Bardugo's Grisha trilogy but I loved the six of crows duology! Crooked Kingdom packs the same punch as the first, loved the characters and the story. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good Similar to the first one in the series, slow at first than crazy action follows. I was pretty heart broken in the end tho.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! This book was amazing! Even better than the first!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding! I had quite some high expectations for Crooked Kingdom. Now I assure you that this sequel is everything but deceiving. It is a complete page-turner. Once again, the writing is enticing and has the perfect touch of irony and humor. Parts of the pasts of our beloved and mysterious characters are finally unveiled. The six delinquents keep seeking to take revenge upon those who betrayed them and it is totally captivating. I enjoy the fact that everything does not always go as planned. But when it does, it is completely thrilling and admirable. The members of the crew always find a way out of trouble and danger. At last, Crooked Kingdom certainly has an emotional and satisfying ending. I highly recommend this outstanding duology!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Sequel & Conclusion it's over and i'm heartbroken and also happy and i'd read many more books on these characters and i'm sad that the series is done and i'm never getting over the events that occurred in chapters 39/40 and 44 because they ruined me and then made things a bit more beautiful again
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Satisfying Sequel Leigh Bardugo's writing never ceases to impress. I read the first one half a year ago and was dying for the second one. I am so happy with this book, and so glad I went out to buy Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom so I could read it over and over again.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Series This was the most satisfying sequel I've ever read.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST SEQUEL EVER This book was a great followup of the first, if not even better. Everything about it was on point, and it was impossible to put it down. All the characters are so precious and well written, I'll miss them for sure. This series is undoubtedly my favourite ever!!!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely loved this! Well, there goes my heart. I am in serious denial over the fact that I did finish this book. It is over. There won't be another one of these novels. I could seriously just drop dead because of that. The depth of the characters in this novel, and how they react to different things are just mesmerizing and you cannot keep the book down. Yes, I do realize I am adding to the hype, but I think it is very well deserving of all the hype that it can ever get! It is a wonderful piece of art! It is precious. There is a bit of everything (especially action). And a ton of suspense! But do beware, authors are mean! Leigh Bardugo is not an exception. She is pure evil. I cried for days after this book. So will you. Read it, devour it with your soul. Talk to me and tell me what you think of it. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding! Six of Crows was one of the best books I read this year and while I was eager to read the sequel, I was also anxious about whether it could match the twists and excitement of the first. But Crooked Kingdom blew me away, throwing in just as many surprises and clever schemes. The characters are all so wonderfully developed and it was a treat to see where they end up at the end of such a great series. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely stunning I thought the first book was fantastic. But the second book? Only about ten times better. Favourite series ever. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OH MY GOD This book was SO GOOD. I love the world Leigh Bardugo has created, but I love the characters even more. I'm sad to see my favourite rag-tag team of criminals go, and I wish I could have an entire six book series based on these guys. That being said, I did like where it ended. This is one of my all-time favourite series, and I very highly recommend.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE FEELS!!! I LOVED this book! I enjoyed Six of Crows, but I adored this book. I felt a much deeper connection with the characters this time around, and loved where the plot went. It took me on a wild ride and put me in the biggest book hangover. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Obsessed! A sequel that does not fail the first novels success! This book was just as twisty and mysterious as the first when it comes to the plot! The characters stay true to themselves and continue to deepen and expand, amazing development! I wish we had more from this crew of characters but the ending was perfect and i'm excited to get more from this author and grisha universe!
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG AMAZING! Kaz and his crew are back at it! Kaz is a genius so many plot twists that I didn't see coming ! Defs one of my favorite books :)! Just bought the Grisha trilogy cannot wait to see whats in store ! EEk
Date published: 2016-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites!! I read Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows last year and it was definitely one of my favourite reads of 2015! I just fell totally in love with the characters and the story, and having already been a fan of the author’s writing (the Grisha trilogy is fabulous), I wasn’t surprised at how great the book was. So Crooked Kingdom easily became my most anticipated book of 2016, although with this being a duology, I knew that I was going to be really sad to say goodbye to those characters. I was so happy to be back in this world, back in Ketterdam with Kaz and the rest of the crew. This book made me laugh, gasp, and even cry – I have nothing but gushing praise for Crooked Kingdom and Leigh Bardugo! The plot is twisty and intricate, the story is satisfying, and I didn’t want it to end. I highly recommend this series, which now ranks among my all-time favourites!
Date published: 2016-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book RUINED me & I love it for that! This is the sequel to Six of Crows, which I suggest you read first. And OMG was it amazing!! I don't have words for this book and may have to reread the entire duology to write a proper review even though I finished it a week ago. This book will not disappoint you, and trust me when I say it's a really great read because I hardly ever give 5 stars to any book.
Date published: 2016-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book RUINED me & I love it for that! This is the sequel to Six of Crows, which I suggest you read first. And OMG was it amazing!! I don't have words for this book and may have to reread the entire duology to write a proper review even though I finished it a week ago. This book will not disappoint you, and trust me when I say it's a really great read because I hardly ever give 5 stars to any book.
Date published: 2016-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I think my heart might still be racing I don't even know where I should begin. I think I need a few moments to recover... The first one was amazing, and I couldn't possible imagine how it can be any better, but it's incredible. It picks right off right after Six of Crows, and throws us right into the dark and corrupt streets of Ketterdam. There isn't a single dull moment - romance, violence, humor, revenge, tension, action - you have it all, with every element perfectly intertwined to craft a complex, rich and brilliant story. Warning: do not, and this bears repeating, do not start this book when you have other engagements such as work or school - you just can't put it down, and soon you'll find yourself at cuddled up with your book, neglecting everything else. Bardugo manages to juggle multiple perspectives, and yet the flow of the story seems natural. It's beautifully written, with enough humor, witty comments, intense battle sequence, unexpected twists at every turn and a love story that is beautiful in its subtlety and its intensity - two words that seems paradoxical but she manages it perfectly. In the first novel, you were being introduced to the crew through glimpse of their past; we saw how each individual came to be the person they were and how they all came to be in the city. In this one, we witness the characters grow and fight the raging battle within; they all made choices in the life they were leading, and now each and everyone one of them are struggling with their own demons. They are gambling everything they have and fighting their way out of corners and impossible scenarios. Everything is at stake and they have everything to lose. Every emotion is intensified. And then the ending, dear lord, the ending. My heart is still aching and I don't think it will ever recover from it. Even though my soul is in shreds, it was the perfect ending for such an epic tale. It ties lose ends, with an open ending that leaves you hoping for another installment. Please Miss Bardugo, give us more, one where my hopes are restored and my heart can mend. Take my money now, because I will pre-order it the moment it's announced. I know it's only a duology for now - key words being for now - but I was not ready to give on up these characters. I wanted to postpone reading, or take my time doing it, but it was impossible to do so. I might be an emotional wreck right now, but it was definitely worth it!
Date published: 2016-10-06

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Crooked Kingdom: "A delicious blend of masterfully executed elements... Bardugo outdoes herself in this exhilarating follow-up, and series fans will have their eyes glued to every page."-Booklist, starred review. "Un-put-down-able excitement from beginning to end"-Kirkus Reviews, starred review. "Bardugo's ingenious plotting that characterized Crows is again on full display, and the backstories, loyalties, flaws, and romantic alliances..are richly developed."-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB) starred review Praise for Six of Crows:"This has all the right elements to keep readers enthralled: a cunning leader with a plan for every occasion, nigh-impossible odds, an entertainingly combative team of skilled misfits, a twisty plot, and a nerve-wracking cliffhanger."-Publishers Weekly, starred review"Cracking page-turner with a multi ethnic band of misfits with differing sexual orientations who satisfyingly, believably jell into a family."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review"Set in a world that will be familiar to fans of the author, this book can be fully enjoyed without having read any previous title. . . . This is an easy choice for teens who enjoyed The Grisha Trilogy, Diviners, or any of the Shadowhunter books."-VOYA, starred review"The whirlwind pace, along with some witty banter, burgeoning romance, and high-stakes action, makes this series opener a surefire crowd-pleaser."-Booklist