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Jesper tapped his fingers restlessly. '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.'
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off the most daring heist imaginable. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're fighting for their lives.
As old enemies and new rivals descend on the city, a war will be waged in the streets - a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the future of magic.
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Leigh Bardugo is the number one New York Times bestselling author fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over one million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone trilogy, the Six of Crows duology and The Language of Thorns. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.
Find her website at www.leighbardugo.com and follow her on Twitter @lbardugo.
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Quando ainda faltavam 150 páginas para terminar esse segundo livro, me lembrei da primeira vez que eu os vi pessoalmente. Já tinha visto milhares de vezes pelo Instagram, já tinha achado as duas capas maravilhosas e visto que muita gente gostava da história. Mas, quando os peguei na mão em uma livraria, decidi que eles não eram para mim. Não sei por que, simplesmente achei que não eram meu estilo. E nem é questão de serem 'dark' demais, já que aparentemente eu nunca acho nada dark o suficiente (quando é divulgado assim). Alguma coisa nesses livros me deu a impressão de que eu não gostaria.
Foi só alguns meses depois, quando fui pesquisar de novo resenhas sobre eles que vi sobre o que era e resolvi que precisava tê-los para mim de qualquer jeito! Lembro de passar várias semanas sonhando com quando os teria e tentando aguentar minha ansiedade. Pois acabei comprando e ainda demorei um mês e meio para começar a ler o primeiro depois de eles chegarem aqui em casa.
E a lição é simples, uma bem batida que todo mundo já sabe: nunca julgue um livro pela capa. A diferença é que eu sempre tinha achado a capa maravilhosa, mas tive que aprender a não colocar limites ao meu próprio gosto, a dar uma chance para histórias que parecem não serem parte da minha zona de conforto. E tudo isso, porque essa duologia mudou a minha, porque esses livros vieram a significar mais para mim do que eu saberia explicar.
Eu só leio resenhas do primeiro livro quando é duologia/trilogia/série, por medo de spoilers. As resenhas de Six of Crows conseguiram deixar minhas expectativas super altas, mas ler o livro e gostar ainda mais do que eu esperava só me fez criar as expectativas mais absurdas e inalcançáveis para o segundo. Quanto mais eu lia Crooked Kingdom, mais eu me obrigava a pensar que talvez o final fosse ruim, talvez a história acabasse desandando. Eu tentei muito, mas foi impossível controlar minhas expectativas, que só cresciam a cada cena. E todas elas acabaram despedaçadas, porque esse livro foi impecável do começo ao fim. Amei cada segundo, cada parágrafo, cada evolução dos personagens, plano dando errado, beijo roubado e canal atravessado. Meu coração está destruído, mas ainda me sinto mais completa depois de ler esse livro extremamente maravilhoso.
Eu poderia falar desse livro para sempre, mas nunca conseguiria explicar mesmo todos os detalhes super bem pensados e bem criados dele. Nem toda a ansiedade que ele conseguiu me fazer sentir desde o primeiro capítulo até o último! Ou a felicidade de ver tudo se desenrolar, a sensação de vitória ao ver os personagens se superarem e se levantarem depois de caírem. Eles continuam sendo a melhor parte, a relação entre eles, como um melhora o outro, ajuda o outro a evoluir, como eles vão aprendendo a confiar em si mesmos e o realismo absurdo da personalidade deles, das ações e todo o desenrolar da história. Fiquei esperando a autora forçar uma cena aqui e ali só para apelar para o que os leitores costumam gostar, mas ela foi impecável! Se não consigo explicar meu amor pelo livro, minha admiração pela autora então, nem se fala. Daria meu sangue para saber que ela vai escrever outros livros nesse universo. Me recuso a aceitar que vou ter que me despedir desses personagens e já fiz várias promessas para os livros que voltarei a ler cada um deles logo!
Mas, se você está pensando em ler, a única coisa que eu posso te falar é que você não vai se arrepender, que, no máximo, vai ficar se perguntando por que demorou tanto para vir conhecer a gangue de seis corvos que se odeiam e se amam tanto. E se você já leu Six of Crows e achou que aquele livro é incrível, você não tem nem ideia do que te espera nesse daqui. Aproveite essa deliciosa descoberta e o melhor livro que eu já li em muito, muito tempo mesmo).
Por último, só porque eu não saberia terminar essa resenha sem falar isso, vou levar esses personagens para sempre no meu coração! Não consigo pensar em ter que me despedir deles! E aqui vai um abraço especial para o Colm, que fez toda a diferença nesse livro!
Por que não tem mais livros nesse mundo?? Essa é a minha maior reclamação desse livro. AMO MUITO TUDO ISSO.
Esse livro me pareceu super conectado com Six of Crows, como se a estória fosse realmente uma única, separadas apenas pela edição física dos dois livros. A transição de um para o outro foi perfeita, na minha opinião. Eu realmente gostei da forma que a Leigh Bardugo encontrou para resolver os acontecimentos do final de Six of Crows e continuar a jornada da nossa trupe maravilhosa nesse aqui.
Crooked Kingdom é um livro muito similar ao seu antecessor e diferente ao mesmo tempo. Por ser o segundo livro ele já não necessitava mais das introduções aos personagens que deixaram o primeiro um pouco moroso no início. Aqui é ação do começo ao fim, não há tempo para respirar e muito menos querer pausar a leitura. Ele é similar na forma que alterna entre os pontos de vistas dos personagens e sempre usa o passado de cada um como um veículo de desenvolvimento do mesmo ou para ajudar na situação em que ele se encontra. Ler sobre esses passados era uma das minhas partes favoritas, pois só deixavam cada personagem ainda mais tridimensional e colorido aos meus olhos. Eu amo a todos eles igualmente, mas devo confessar uma certa predileção pela Inej.
Duas coisas pequenas me incomodaram: uma foi o desenvolvimento emocional do Kaz que demorou um pouco a acontecer, o que acabou me desconectando dele e o outro é que ele era sempre muito inteligente demais. Essa já sendo uma reclamação que eu tinha do primeiro livro, com suas soluções mirabolantes e habilidade mágica de prever os passos de todos os inimigos. Mas não foram nada que tirassem o brilho e encantamento da estória de Crooked Kingdom.
Se me perguntarem sobre o que eu achei do final, direi que foi quase exatamente o que eu estava esperando. Não imaginava que fosse terminar com todos caminhando de mãos dadas para o horizonte, mas sim de uma forma mais realista. Se tivesse terminado tudo maravilhosamente bem, iria contra tudo que a Leigh Bardugo construiu nos dois livros, desde os personagens até às situações que sobreviveram.
Definitivamente ficará para sempre no meu coração como uma das melhores séries de YA que já li até hoje. Preferindo mostrar mais a irmandade entre um grupo de pessoas que um romance de tirar nosso fôlego (apesar que os romances que aparecem aqui são fofinhos, mesmo que NADA proeminentes para o enredo em geral), ela foi um pouco contra a maré das séries de sua categoria. Mantenho também minha opinião que poderia ter sido escrita para um público adulto sem nenhum ônus ao desenvolvimento geral da estória. Até poderia ter sido mais brutal, algo que eu apreciaria muito considerando os lugares que ela leva alguns personagens.
Apenas LEIAM essa duologia. Divertida, emocionante e até de partir o coração.
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First of all, I have to comment on the author’s sheer skill with words. The writing itself is just so beautiful and gloriously visual. Bardugo crafts her sentences in a way that’s so smooth and sweet I could drink them down in one and ask for another glass. There are so many powerful, quotable lines and there were more than a few moments where I found myself thinking ‘I need all the fanart of this right now’.
The pacing is brilliant as well - I’ve hardly been reading lately and I’ve been really restless and finding it hard to focus on books, yet this had me not wanting to put it down.
One of my comments about the Shadow and Bone trilogy was that I loved the hints of darkness in it and wanted it to be even more ruthless, and I feel like Bardugo has well and truly achieved that. The tone is perfect, with it being properly gritty, yet still incredibly fun, with lighter moments and some excellent humour to cut through the murderiness.
On top of the fact that she’s such a beautiful writer, the plot consistently surprised me and had me completely hooked. I loved how Bardugo would reveal nuggets of information at a time, just enough to keep you interested but never enough to work things out. And with the way she writes the characters, it’s often as if you’re finding out the plan along with them, with the only person knowing everything and holding all the cards being Kaz. I was constantly impressed by how clever he is and how everything is so meticulously planned in a way that feels both incredibly farfetched but also completely believable.
Part of what kept me so invested was that it always feels genuinely perilous. The gang keep finding themselves in scrapes that I think there’s no possible way out of, and I’m absolutely hooked and worried about them all, with no idea how it’s going to play out. And usually when characters repeatedly escape situations like that, it starts to lose its edge a bit and I just get bored with it, but this was always done so imaginatively and cleverly that it stayed interesting.
As much as I loved the scheming, peril, action, and darkness, I was so glad to see that even amongst all that, attention was still consistently given to the character development for each of the gang members, their relationships with one another, and revealing more of their backstories. It’s one of the most compelling plots I’ve read in a long time, but even that means nothing if the characters aren’t up to scratch, so building in that time to make me care about them made a huge difference.
I felt something for every single member of the crew, but I don’t think I’ve ever read a character like Kaz. He is absolutely despicable, and I don’t like him in the slightest, but I... kind of love him? I respect him totally and I was hanging on his every action because he’s such a compelling character. I feel like if I was living in the Barrel I would follow him without hesitation and gladly put my life on the line to prove myself to him, all while knowing the monster he is and being more than a little disgusted and terrified of him. It’s a very complicated feeling.
Finally, and kind of on a separate note, I’d just like a round of applause for Bardugo’s approach to diversity please. Different ethnicity? Couldn’t care less. Not heterosexual? Whatever bro. Differently abled? Who gives? Even with this being a fantasy world and obviously very different to real life experiences, there is so much brilliant representation in there. But the best thing about that is that it doesn’t shout about it in any way; all the characters are just judged on what they can do rather than what they are, and the respect and equality demonstrated feels completely natural. It just felt so positive and like an excellent example to other books.
I now definitely understand why this is one of my best friend’s favourite duologies, and I’m kicking myself that it took me this long to read it. I think this is one that will stay with me for a long time and kind of resets the bar for all books for me a little bit.
It’s no secret that I adore everything that Leigh Bardugo writes and of course this book did not disappoint. This was a reread via audiobook and I highly recommend listening as it’s a full cast and amazing!
This book starts where Six of Crows ends and it’s set entirely in Ketterdam unlike Six of Crows where they travel to Fjerda and back. So this story is a little different but no less enthralling and action packed. As usual the characters are absolutely wonderful and I love seeing their character development. I also loved seeing cameos by some of my favourite characters from the Grisha trilogy!
Once again I was completely enthralled by the story and the characters. The banter between the characters is my favourite thing ever! They always seem so much older because of what they’ve been through but then they squabble and fight and sass each other just like your regular teen and it would just remind you how young they really are.
The development of my ships was another thing I absolutely loved! The angst and the slow burn between them and how each couple is so different from the others and each go through their own journey and together as a couple and then on another growth in their gang together. Leigh had their character developments in all different areas of their life and did it so well.
My favourite ship is of course Kaz and Inej. The slow burn between them and their own hardships and barriers they’ve built that makes it hard for them to even admit their feelings for each other. It just killed me! But I really love how Leigh handles Kaz’s PTSD. He cannot touch people and I loved that he wasn’t “magically cured” because he wanted to be with Inej. He struggled with it, it prevented him from being able to be close to Inej and it felt so much more real.
This story is quite different from Six of Crows as it isn’t just one quest that they go on throughout the book. They have to make multiple plans and deal with lots of different groups of people. It was absolutely amazing to see how their plans came together. This book will take you on a wild ride!
The ending of this book is so satisfying in so many ways but will also break your heart and drag it through the mud and run it over with a truck. I first read this book in 2016 and I have never gotten over a particular thing that happens at the end. They had so much potential and it was ripped away from them. BRB going to go cry.
Anyways I highly recommend you go read this duology and all the Grishaverse books because they are amazing! I absolutely love all the grisha books but this duology will forever be my favourite!
As in the first book in the duology, in Crooked Kingdom we seem more great use of multiple viewpoint, skillful plotting and brilliant character development. That said, I didn’t enjoy Crooked Kingdom quite as much as Six of Crows. It didn’t have the same sparkle or nail-biting quality. Also, I did start to wonder whether the series of double, triple and quadruple crossings were maybe drawing things out a little too much. However, this is all more than compensated for by wonderful interactions between the main characters and the descriptions of Ketterdam.
This time, all the action takes place within the city limits, giving Bardugo more time to describe all the nooks and crannies of Ketterdam, bringing it out as a character in its own right. I honestly believe I could tell you what different parts of the place smell like, that’s how good her descriptions are.
And this book is much funnier than the first. As the characters become ever more comfortable with each other, their conversations sometimes slip into sibling-like squabbling and are very amusing. I laughed out loud more than once at Jesper’s comments, particularly his digs at Wylan.
I didn’t feel the ending was entirely satisfying. But then I think this is because most of the characters are only 17 and Bardugo has plans for them in the future. She can’t wrap everything up in a neat bow if she has to leave some threads hanging for future development. And I, for one, would be delighted to see any of the main characters again.
Overall: more brilliant plotting and great character development make for another wonderful book. I hope we get to see more from the characters in the future.
I came in wary. Book 1 started brilliantly, but ended without giving me closure, so I was in a bit of a mood. This wasn't helped when Nina appeared to have recovered straight away at the start of the book - or at least wasn't at death's door anymore.
As I read on, I was more and more impressed. This book doubles down on the relationship between Wylen and Jesper, making them both into standout characters. There are some great scenes and descriptions, like the university district where Jesper gets into a fight. Kaz gets noticeably darker, and it's portrayed brilliantly - I spotted it myself before anyone commented on it, was speculating why, and only then did the book highlight it and explain why... perfect example of 'show not tell'.
There were a few points in the climax where the plots seemed a little overblown / too complicated for their own good; and there were several places where the characters seemed invulnerable, getting away unscathed way too much. It felt like Matthias was a reaction to that, 'oh look, bad things can happen' - and in a way, the random nature of it was a fitting illustration that we're all vulnerable, but it also made it feel like an editor had said 'something bad needs to happen sometime', rather than being a crucial story beat.
Overall, four stars - and I'm really glad I read it.
The 2-book series is archetypal young adult fantasy: nations in conflict, caste-based society with strict expectations, band of young rebels make their mark and show how brilliance / bullishness / togetherness can win the day - but the genuine character growth and change, and the great writing and execution throughout, mean it stands out all the same. If this sounds like your kind of book, you'll love it.
This book has destroyed me. The ending was so damn bittersweet it hurts.
Six of Crows was amazing, but Crooked Kingdom was everything, and in my opinion it made the first book so much better.
I love these characters. I love their skills, talents, flaws, secrets and most of all their fiercely beating hearts.
I have favourites (Inej and Jesper) but it's a close call as each character is fantastic in their own way. The world building continues to be brilliant and the way the author (and Kaz) keep you guessing until the very last minute is sheer perfection.
There were some truly joyous moments in this book that built from the last and were all the better for the buildup. I love that you literally never know what to expect from the plot and the characters (particularly Kaz who is a phenomenal character).
The ending literally made me cry with both sadness and joy, and whilst I won't spoil it for anyone, just make sure you have tissues close by, and plenty of waffles!
The book ended in a place that made me think there should surely be more. A few things were left in a place that I'm just not happy to leave but then maybe that was the intention as I can now stress dream over what happens next!!!
If you haven't read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom yet, just do it, you won't be disappointed.
Leigh Bardugo is incredible and I NEED more! I guess it's only a matter of time now before I pick up the Shadow and Bone trilogy!
"No mourners, no funerals."
I wish I could remember every word of this book the way that crows remember faces. If I could I would never let those words go.
Crooked Kingdom broke me in a way that almost no other book has been capable of doing. The connection I felt to these characters was so real that the idea of no longer reading about them is painful. And I didn't expect that from this series, not from the first book at least. Six of Crows was just their backstory, and Crooked Kingdom was their legacy.
"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."
The relationships between the characters were beautiful. I found myself rooting for all three romantic pairings, but also craving more scenes where their group dynamic could be seen at it's best. And Leigh Bardugo most definitely delivered.
I read this book everywhere. On the train, in the library - you name it. I caused myself much embarrassment from laughing out loud in public places, but I couldn't care less. Crooked Kingdom wholly transported me into the world of Ketterdam, and it wasn't just the humour and the characters that did it. There were lines where I had to stop and reread them because they were just so magnificent.
"You aren’t a flower, you’re every blossom in the wood blooming at once. You are a tidal wave. You’re a stampede. You are overwhelming."
The plot was so strong with this book - far more so than Six of Crows. It had a level of complexity that I haven't seen in any YA before, and had me guessing at every turn only to be shocked by the outcome every time.
Magnificent, brilliant, and ingeniously crafted, Crooked Kingdom made me laugh, gasp and cry, sometimes all in one scene. It dealt with very real ideas about human trafficking and the meaning of morality, as well as showing how different people deal with love, family and grief. It's a worthy sequel to it's predecessor, and has confirmed the Six of Crows duology as one of my all-time-favourite series'. It hurt me a lot, but I would go through that pain a thousand times again just to relive the magic of the Grisha universe and of Bardugo's writing.
Diversity Note: POC, queer and disabled protagonists
Warnings: blood, gore, torture, murder, death, rape
There is no exposition in here to make it a jumping on point, so new readers should start with that.
The recommended reading age of this would be fifteen and up, thanks to a fair bit of violence, a little bit of strong language, and some mild adult moments.
It runs for five hundred and thirty six pages. It's divided into six parts. And forty five chapters.
There are maps of the setting at the start. And a cast of characters at the back.
Following on from where book one ended, Kaz and his crew have pulled off the most daring heist ever. But now they face the problem of getting paid. And getting their friend Inej back from her captors.
Their battles have only just begun...
After a decent first chapter that sets the scene nicely and characterises well, I did take a while to get back into this. The viewpoint character changes between any of the main cast from chapter to chapter, and the lack of exposition re what went before does make it a book that initially is a little tricky to get to grips with. As with book one as well, some of Kaz's initial actions do leave you wondering about the likeability of the character.
However, it is worth persevering with. Because even though it's a long book at five hundred and thirty six pages, it does rather justify it's length. It allows the narrative to take the time to breathe, it makes the most of the setting and never rushes the plot along - when you've got lots of long term schemes going on, you can't - and where it really clicks is in the middle, when it really takes the time to characterise and fill in back story and details about the supporting cast. They do come superbly to life in this bit as a result.
The final quarter is very satisfying as things come to a head, with twists and turns galore, many of which are very satisfying indeed. And as it has worked hard to make you care about these characters, the ending does manage to give you an emotional reaction at certain points.
This is the end of the series, although it's one of those endings that despite wrapping it all up, does leave the door very slightly open for the possibility of more. Either in the setting of the story, or the world of it. The latter is, as with the writer's earlier Grisha trilogy, a fascinating original and unique creation.
Ultimately a very strong bit of writing by a very good writer. And I look forward to seeing what they do next.
Managing 6 POVs with only one book before hand, is not an easy feat, and she manages it and more. They're beautifully written, achingly flawed, individual characters with their own relatable personalities and ambition (yes, that's a lot of adjectives). It would be enough for me to read even without the pace and plot. The plot, I find, brilliantly written. I'll never tire of finding out what Kaz is going to do next. Whenever he's mentioned, I hold my breath with the rest of the Crows, to find out what he's done next.
Don't even get me started on how she's made a brushing of hands not only intimate, but something to bring tears to readers eyes.
To those complaining about how it's based on Russia which is some sort of blasphemy, to read some of the reviews; find it a refreshing uptake on the usual Game-of-Thrones-esk medieval style which most modern fantasies favour.
Couldn't have asked for anything more.
I would have so regretted to not read this book just because everything was absolutely and genuinely perfect, from the first page through the last (which means, I also like the ending). Maybe also because Kaz is my favourite male character of all the books I read so far (and he will most likely not been dethroned in a very long time). I just can’t help myself, even though he is not what one considers to be a good person. He is scheming and stealing and trying to destroy other people’s lives (well, sure, they have wronged him, but to what lengths he goes to do this is kind of scary). In short, you should not have him as your enemy.
Which is what happens in the story and so he makes his planes to take them down. And I just love every single one of his plans and schemes because they just seem so realistic and very carefully planned, it’s truly beautiful to read. But although he tries to plan everything, sometimes even he is surprised (so yeah, he is not perfect) even though he will most likely find a way out of the situation with at least a little advantage on his side.
Anyway, all the other main characters in the book are great as well in my eyes. Well, they have been in the first already yet some of them weren’t as convincing for me in ‘Six of Crows’. But now, they get so much more depth to them, well written background stories which makes them come to life even more.
This is actually one of the things I love so much about the book as the characters history is revealed when the protagonist is in the middle of a situation that makes him or her remember the past. Even if it is just two or three pages, there are so well done and perfectly written that they were not in any way too much or interfering with the plot. On the contrary, they made it so much more thought trough.
Another aspect that I could not get enough of were the interactions between the characters as those made them grow as people but it also showed how skilled the author is. I love the funny lines, the deep conversations, and how those show the personalities and feelings of each of them. The writing in general is amazing, the description of the surroundings, the world and the atmosphere made me want to be in the same room or at the same place as the action. And as far as I can tell, not all of Ketterdam is a place you would want to find yourself to be in…
And of course, I adored the plot, I need more stories of this kind. It just made so much sense and the best part is, the reader never knows the whole story. Even the members of the crew don’t know all of it, just what they need to know. Sure, there are some things that one could guess but to be honest, I actually did not want to do this because I wanted to be amazed by the perfection of the resolution and outcome. More than once I was sitting there and thinking: ‘Nooooo, this is not happening. Please, Kaz thought about this and has a plan for this, plaese.’ And just before the last part (hmm, yet another aspect I love, that the book is divided into different parts and each one has a name) realisation dawned on me that I am starting the last pages of one of the best things I ever got to read.
So if there is one thing I kind of hate is that the book had to end. On the one hand I am happy that the end of the series was this amazing read as it somehow feels that the story of the Crows is told and more could end in disaster (forced story and so on). On the other hand I sincerely hope that one day, there is another story about Kaz (haha, yep, he truly is my favourite!) because I just need to know more and can’t let go just yet. I think there is much more to tell about the other characters as well, so I plead for more, I’ll take whatever I get!!
Finally, the book is filled with so many quotes and stories that deserve to be repeated and told and shouted out to the world but for me, there was one particular moment at the very beginning of the book. It is so random and has no deep meaning as maybe other passages but it stuck and after reading it, I just knew that I would adore this book.
“There’s coffee,” said the clerk when Retvenko entered the harbourmaster’s office, gesturing toward a copper urn in the corner. - “Tea?” - “There’s coffee.” - This country.
I’m doing an imaginary curtsy for the author, her story and her writing!
However, my main reason for reading the duology has still not changed. I would read both books again purely for Wylan and Jesper. I adore them!The plot itself was fast-paced and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. One of the reasons I couldn’t put it down is because there were so many revelations I just had to see how they panned out. Plus I was forever trying to figure out Kaz’s plan (he is one sneaky guy). If you are a lover of plot twists galore then you need to read this book!
So as you can probably tell. I loved this book and have been raving about it to anyone who will listen.
This is undoubtably a well-written, well-plotted book. I read quite a bit of YA fantasy and this is definitely more imaginative and more ambitious than most. The author has created six main POV characters, all of whom feel well-developed and well-differentiated and all of whom you end up caring about to a greater or lesser degree. The heist-based plot is different from the average "romance and saving the world" stories you tend to get in this sort of genre, especially considering that all the protagonists are morally ambiguous at best. It's fiendishly twisty, must have taken a hell of a lot of planning, and I doubt anyone could guess all the places the plot goes.
So, I certainly admired it, I certainly enjoyed it, and I'd recommend it to fantasy fans in a heartbeat. And for the avoidance of doubt, I don't just mean YA fantasy fans or teenage girls - the characters all seem older than their supposed late teens and though there is romance, there's relatively little angst and the main focus is on the action plot.
That said, while it was a closer run thing than with Six of Crows, once again, I didn't quite fall in love or get into a place where I absolutely couldn't push it down. I think part of the problem was that the characters' schemes were so complicated and the reader was so often blindsided that it was hard to keep track and tricky to fully emotional engage with the plot. The other issue was that while I liked all the characters, I didn't totally identify with or get a wild book crush on any of them. While the six character thing was clever, part of me wondered if I might have enjoyed it more it Bardugo had picked one or two of them to tell the story so readers could really get to know and root for them. I also found some of them - Kaz particularly - to be a bit unrealistic.The author specifically said she'd avoided a "chosen one" narrative this time around, but it's harder to suspend disbelief about character's abilities if they are meant to be more or less normal.
Still, this is nitpicking. Once again, I'd wholeheartedly recommend. I'm just a little sad that I still didn't quite fall in love.
Can’t wait to see this on Netflix and I hope they cast the characters well!
Here’s to hoping that they appear in Kingdom of Scars!!
After how amazing six of crows was i didn't think it was possible for the sequel to surpass it. I was so wrong. I absolutely love Crooked kingdom !
These books have the most intelligent plot lines, it's unbelievable how Leigh manages to create such captivating heists. One of the major things that stands out about this series is how amazing Kaz is. I question regularly how Kaz (Leigh) manages to look at every situation the crew encounters with such depth and form such incredible and accurate plans. Kaz Brekker has to be one of my most favourite characters of all time. The intelligence, heartbreaking backstory and strength Kaz takes from this make him the most complex and loveable character.
This book managed to excite me, astound me, make my heart burst (bandage scene!!!) and break my heart all in 500 or so pages. I've never cried over a book....but found myself tearing up multiple times during this read. Absolutely incredible read with the most amazing characters. This is without a doubt one of my all time favourite series. Leigh Bardugo I take my hat off to you, what an incredible writer you are ❤️