Crooked Kingdom: Leigh Bardugo: Book Review

Crooked Kingdom


Leigh Bardugo


Reviewing Nerds - Crooked Kingdom- Leigh Bardugo

No of Pages: 546

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Date of Publication: September 20, 2016

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Yes, Six of Crows #2

Should Buy: Yes, Crooked Kingdom

Book Source: Personal collection

Star Rating: 4.8/5

Book Blurb: 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.

Words That Touched My Heart ❤

One of his hands balanced on his cane. The other rested at his side next to her. She’d need only move the smallest amount and they would be touching. He was that close. He was that far from reach.

Title: I believe it’s the perfect title for this book. It fits really well with the story and those who are familiar with the story, book 1( Six of Crows) it made perfect sense to them.

Title Rating: 4.8/5

Cover: I loved everything about the cover of this book. Crow, kingdom, font style and the colour contrast for both books. It’s ❤

Cover Rating: 4.8/5

Characters: Kaz: He is rough, full of revenge, too young for Ketterdam but he knows his ways. He is a strategist, a mastermind and is known to pull off the impossible.

Inez: She is a fighter, a spider who moves in shadows, also known as The Wraith. You won’t be able to tell if she is there or not but she is always listening.

Jesper: A student who came to study in Ketterdam but never finished his studies. He is a habitual gambler and he never misses a shot.

Wylan: He is the son of a high ranked council member. He can’t read but he is intelligent and clever enough to survive in a city like Ketterdam.

Nina: She is beautiful, a Grisha, and is trying to help a friend in Ketterdam.

Matthias: He is disciplined, but he is also a traitor to his country. He helped his enemy survive. He struggles when he revisited his country’s sacred place.

Characters Rating: 4.9/5

Review: To be honest I read this series right after I finished Grishaverse series. I thought it won’t stand a chance but the author has once again proved her mettle. But as I start reading and get to know characters and when a team starts to forming up I was just glued to the series. Specially Crooked Kingdom is just like pulling the impossible. The planning, the innovation, the execution of plans it is breathtaking. There is no end to the revelation of deals and secrets. The run for the money is endless.

When Kaz and his team are double-crossed and a war begins everyone wanted to get to the most powerful resource. Ketterdam is pulled into a war between nations. In a war everyone takes risks and everyone is tested and then you can tell where did your team’s loyalty lie.

Story Rating: 4.8/5

Appreciation: I have to praise the imagination of the author to write a story like this.

Let Downs: I wish I could know more about the afterlives of all the characters.

Surprise Factor: When you are familiar with the characters of a book you somehow know the level of the surprise factor. Well knowing Kaz I knew they are going to pull off something that seems impossible to others and well they did!

Would I be reading more from Leigh Bardugo: Yes, without any doubt period.

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