Book Review: Crooked Kingdom

Today we will be reviewing the sequel to Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Unlike most sequels, this is the only one and not split into three different books. Beware that there will be some spoilers from the first book.

After returning from the Ice Prison, the sex crew members with the addition of another member try to cash in. Kaz Brekker, the leader of the crew, meets up with Jan Van Eck for the deal. But nothing goes as planned. Instead, Kaz and his crew are overpowered and Inej, the Suli acrobat, is kidnapped and held as a bargaining tool.

If that was there only worry, maybe the crew would have been fine. But the world around them has other plans. Other criminals in the city and other countries have sent people to kidnap Kuwei-Yui-Bo, who is traveling with Kaz and the crew. And when Kaz’s old rival Pekka Rollins decides to crash the party, Kaz and crew find themselves against impossible odds.

My favorite part of the series is not the crazy world that Bardugo has created. Nor it is the over the top plot where the six friends have to overcome impossible odds. The characters make the novels as good as they are. All six characters can stand by themselves and it is incredible how fluid it is all done.

Crooked Kingdom was a great read. It started off a little slow but it picked up and kept the high pace. The tone of the book is impressive and Bardugo has the timing of everything down perfectly.

So if you do end up picking up this series, then you will be in for a treat. Not many concepts are as creative and impressive as the Grishaverse. There are numerous books about it and not all of them are connected. I am excited to see what else Bardugo does in the future and will be looking forward to her work.

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