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Crooked Kingdom

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Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) by Leigh Bardugo
on September 27th 2016
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 536

Reaction Upon Reading: Deliciously bad!

“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.”


Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn—and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld.

“Maybe there were people who lived those lives. Maybe this girl was one of them. But what about the rest of us? What about the nobodies and the nothings, the invisible girls? 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.” 

Overall Thoughts:

I would love to spend a day in Ketterdam and explore the debauchery and chaos this wonderful den of sin has to offer.

‘Crooked Kingdom’ begins a week after ‘Six of Crows’ and takes place in Ketterdam *swoon*. This book is less focused on a heist and more focused on taking down Van Eck’s empire. It is a lot of political schemes and character defamation. I didn’t think Kaz could get darker but there were points in this book where I truly felt like he was lost for good. IT WAS BRILLIANT! 

This book doesn’t have the same excitement and wow factor as ‘Six of Crows’ but the characters and schemes redeem the slower pacing. It is a large read – 500 pages! I thankfully chose to listen to the audiobook which I believed helped me to follow the ever changing plot and twists

I thought Kuwei would have a bigger part – I mean he is central to the plot of book 1. He was just kind of there – such a missed opportunity.

The death towards the end of the book seemed a little cheap. It just happened and because of the mantra ‘no mourners, no funerals’ I didn’t get a chance to feel anything. Which means, by the time I got to the next chapter I wasn’t bothered. Which is terrible because I did love that character. I feel like the death was poorly timed and written. A cheap gimmick to attempt to give people the feels.

I did, however, enjoy that not everything was wrapped up in a neat bow, this is Ketterdam after all. The characters are all off on their own pathways now and it is pretty much the best they are going to get. It felt like each character was at peace and able to move forward with their lives, even if that means drifting apart from one another.


Overall I enjoyed this book. I think the plot is so beautifully planned out and woven together and the characters are just magic. I am pleased it is only a duology. I think a third book would have been too much and some of the charm of the setting and characters would have worn off.

I am sad to say goodbye to these characters, but I haven’t read the ‘Shadow and Bone’ series yet, so it won’t be goodbye to this world.

Favourite Character:

Wylan Van Eck

I didn’t realise I would fall so in love with Wylan’s character. In the first book, he was just kind of a character who was there, he served a purpose to Kaz’s master plan.

In this book he was perfection. His relationship with Jasper gave me butterflies. Can we have a spin-off series about this two, please?

He may not be able to read but he makes up for it by being wickedly clever and creative. He managed to get the crew out of sticky situations.

“Fear is a Phoenix. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return.” 

Least Favourite Character:

Pekka Rollins

This is obvious! He is the evil man who ruined Kaz’s life.

I didn’t like how he was always so cocky and arrogant, so you best believe I am giddy with excitement and Inej’s appearance in his ‘guarded’ home. Will he ever remember Jordy’s name? I don’t think so – which makes me dislike him even more. When he spoke about being able to redeem his businesses I wanted to slap him upside the head. How dare he think he can return to Ketterdam without repercussions. Silly Rollins.

“Has anyone noticed this whole city is looking for us, mad at us, or wants to kill us?”
“So?” said Kaz.
“Well, usually it’s just half the city.” 

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Rating Report
Overall: four-half-stars

About Kassey

27-year-old teacher. Currently living in New Zealand with aspirations to travel the world and photograph it all.

27-year-old teacher. Currently living in New Zealand with aspirations to travel the world and photograph it all.

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