Crooked Kingdom // Equally Dark & Character-Driven, A Fantastic Conclusion

Title: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Pub: September 2016

Genre: Fantasy

She’s done it again. Leigh Bardugo is a writing genius. Kaz Brekker and his ruff-tuff crew just pulled off the biggest heist imaginable, but instead of spoiling themselves in riches, they’ve been double-crossed and are out for blood. A secret battle of wits and brawn will either tear Ketterdam apart or save it from itself.


I’m really glad I picked up Leigh Bardugo’s duology before reading the Grisha Trilogy, not that the trilogy isn’t good (it is, although it has it’s faults), but Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom are exemplary in writing, characterization, and literally dragging the reader into the story. It’s awesome to really see her at her best.

Although, not as ‘thrilling’ as book one, Crooked Kingdom is well paced considering it focused more on the characters and their desires and ambitions.

I really liked the third person POV. Bardugo fleshes out the character’s personalities really well and moves us through the storyline more fluidly than a first person POV would. Every character POV was used to it’s best potential. There’s not repeat of action or stunting of development, just constant, constant action and discovery.

Again, Crooked Kingdom did feel like it had less high-stakes compared to Six of Crows, but the emphasis on the character’s backstories and development really made the complete duology more well-rounded and complete. The character death was *clenches fist*, but what else can we do?

I highly recommend this book (and the duology) to fantasy fans and fiction lovers alike.

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