I literally have no clue where to begin…
Someone grab me a box of tissues, a chocolate bar and some green tea, cause this girl isn’t emotionally OKAY, after Leigh Bardugo lured me in with sweet promises of a lovable characters, witty dialogues and a bitter sweet end to this duology!
To all my fantasy kinsmen and kinswomen, why aren’t you reading this book! Read my review of Six of Crows here and embark on this thrilling journey you won’t regret!
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo begins one week after the events of Six of Crows when Inej is kidnapped during the tradeoff between Kaz’s crew and Councilman Van Eck
They manage to free her at the cost of money, Kaz’s emotions for her, they’re power in Ketterdam and safety.
“I would have 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.”
However, in between the scheming, planning and execution of the rescue, as well as getting the money they’re owed, we’re slowly, graciously lead in the back-story of each character.
“ ‘We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary.’ That was how you survived when you weren’t chosen, when there was no royal blood in your veins. When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.”
We’re given insight into every single character and how they found a place in Kaz’s crew.
But, Kaz truly is the mastermind of this book. And when he – in words of Jesper and Mathias – has his “scheming face” on, it means something awesome and incredibly ingenious is about to happen.
“No mourners, no funerals. Another way of saying good luck. But it was something more. A dark wink to the fact that there would be no expensive burials for people like them, no marble markers to remember their names, no wreaths of myrtle and rose.”
And so when the entire city of Ketterdam turns against them (as well as all the major constituencies including the Ravkans, Merch, Shu, Fjerdans and all the local thugs) count on Kaz to concoct a plan when he is pinned against the wall with no escape, to execute the greatest escape plan of all time!
“When fear arrives, something is about to happen.”
In the end, the crew manage to avenge all their losses and claim victory over the city as the rightful heir. However, in an unusual series of twists and turns a loss of life shakes them up, leaving them with a bitter sweet beginning to their new ambitions.
“But if you couldn’t open a door, you just had to make a new one.”
First of all this book deserves a ton of hype and praise for creating characters that are not only lovable but so witty, loyal and spontaneous, you end up wishing to find them in real life.
The dialogues in this book are spot on!
I mean Bardugo did some world class writing for a fantasy book.
“I am grateful you’re alive”, he said. “I am grateful that you’re beside me. I am grateful that you’re eating.”
She rested her head on his shoulder.
“You’re better that waffles, Matthias Helvar.”
A small smile curled the Fjerdan’s lips.
“Let’s not say things we don’t mean, my love.”
Despite so much tension, she managed to squeeze in such hilarious banter among the characters as to difuse the severity of the situation, that you end up chuckling while being on edge the entire time.
“Don’t worry, Da. People point guns at each other all the time in Ketterdam. It’s basically a handshake.”
This book is the epitome of a page turner!
This book will rock your mind with the twists and turns.
This book has some insane and incredible chemistry among the characters that you’ll need to take a breather and break from so much amazingness!
And Bardugo does this without having to be explicit or make it into an erotica, which is great cause you destroy a book by trying to shift between genres and adding in unnecessary scenes to prove a point.
But my, oh my, she pulled a page from the George R.R. Martin Playbook of “How to Rip the hearts of Readers in Two by Killing off their Favourite Character”. My goodness, I was legit crying at that scene.
It made the ending so bittersweet, because I was still not over the death of a character in the previous chapter.
I mean the surprises keep on coming!
Aaah, my heart will not be the same.
This duology is freaking mind boggling amazing!!! And you need to get this if you’re remotely into fantasy, or thrillers or heist type books.
- Rating: 5.0/5.0
- Favorite quote: “My mother is Ketterdam. She birthed me in the harbor. And my father is profit. I honor him daily.”
- Reader level: It is fairly easy.
- Should you read: YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE MISSING OUT NOW.
- Would I read it again: Do you need to even ask?
Till next time,