Book Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

After successfully completing a dangerous heist, Kaz Brekker and his crew should be living high off their reward. Instead, they’re right back where they started: broke, demoralized, and fighting for their lives. With enemies on every side, the crew must once again band together to save one of their own and get what they deserve.

I liked this book a lot better than I did Six of Crows. Not that Six of Crows wasn’t good, but it was a big struggle for me. I wasn’t used to the world, the writing style took me some time to get used to, and the characters were hard for me to warm up to.

Crooked Kingdom, however, was like visiting old friends. The characters I struggled with the first time around were suddenly full of life, unique, and welcoming. I grew to love them, especially Nina and Inej. I rooted for each and every character, mourned their failures and took joy in their triumphs.

I also liked the plot. Like the first, everything is twisted and convoluted. I love that Kaz is always running not one game, but two or three. I enjoyed trying to predict if something was part of his plan or something that had truly gone wrong. While slow in the beginning, the plot picks up around the middle and had me on the edge of my seat. The ride was amazing and the ending was satisfying. I’m glad I didn’t skip Crooked Kingdom; it was the perfect end to the duology and one that made all my struggles with the ‘verse completely worth it.

Four out of five stars.

7 thoughts on “Book Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

  1. I like this duology quite a bit but what sullied my opinion at first is how much of a slog it can be at first. I really struggled getting into both books yet I read this after reading the Grisha Trilogy. I have more of an issue with the plot because like you say, there’s always more than one thing going on at once and I became tired with the constant heist after heist after heist. I get that it’s a heist book but there needed to be a limit on how many to have in a short space of time. The characters were definitely the saving grace of the book and I got attached to them very quickly, particularly Nina and Inej. I don’t know if I’ll ever re-read the duology like I have done with the Grisha Trilogy but I’m glad I gave it a chance.

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    1. Yeah, the constant activity and heists were hard to follow some time. I actually put the first book down because it wasn’t working for me and I wasn’t in the right place to deal with it. When I finally picked it back up, it was easier because I knew the characters. I think without the connection I felt to the characters, I wouldn’t have liked the book every much.

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      1. I often do that with certain books as well. It’s better because then you’re not forcing yourself to power through a book you don’t feel like reading at that moment in time.

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  2. Loved this series! I felt like there was a lot more character development in this series than in Shadow and Bone trilogy, thats why I liked it more. I also enjoyed the way no character seemed to be portrayed as unbreakable, they all had flaws which were tested throughout. And that ending… I have to admit that it broke my heart!

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    1. I haven’t read Shadow and Bone, so I have nothing to compare it to. But I loved the characters in this book. You’re right: they’re all very flawed and were tested and that was so interesting to read! I’m glad I finally read it.

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