Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo | Book Talk

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 asjurda 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.

Crooked Kingdom is the sequel to Six of Crows. And in my opinion…Leigh Bardugo’s best work yet.
From the Grisha world I only truly liked the stories of the six misfits and the impossible heist. Six of Crows is a fantastic story and I recommend everyone to read it.
Crooked Kingdom is out of this world. After finishing Six of Crows you’d think Crooked Kingdoms would be about what happened in the previous book towards the end…but it’s so much more. Bardugo did not make the ending of Six of Crow the main plot of Crooked Kingdoms and it was brilliant.
This story focuses more on Kaz and how devious he is, but also how loyal he is. He and the rest of the crew work together to clear their name and get their 4 million kruge. Watching how the story slowly unfolded with single threads breaking and revealing more.
I am not entirely pleased with the ending, not because it was a bad ending. Someone dies and it hurt my heart deeply. That someone truly deserved to live, and find happiness.
Wylan’s point of views were on point and it made me love the boy more.
Six of Crows started as an impossible heist, but Crooked Kingdom revealed that it was actually a well thought out plan of revenge that took years to actually set in motion. A revenge that roots to the importance of what hurting family can mean. A plan that will you blow you away as it slowly unfolds and as its backends are slowly revealed.
Everyone was a different person and yet still themselves at the end of Crooked Kingdom. That’s what I call delicious character development.
Crooked Kingdom has officially joined my lists of best books of the year.
Rating: 5/5

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