Title: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)
By: Leigh Bardugo
Published: September 20th, 2016
By: Henry Holt and Company
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Welcome to the world of the Grisha.
Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts 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.
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🌸 Book One: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
“Crows remember human faces. They remember the people who feed them, who are kind to them. And the people who wrong them too. They don’t forget. They tell each other who to look after and who to watch out for.”
Well, this was a wild journey, I loved the book, I had some problems with the paced, but honestly, the story and the characters are brilliant. For me to be surrounded by the Grisha universe always is a great pleasure, so it was a very entertaining experience, full of action, adventures, and moments of tension and surprise. In the end, I can say it was worth it
Things end in a very intense and unexpected way in Six of Crows so at the beginning of this book you know that things will be quite intense and interesting. In this installment, although I can’t tell you much about, cause spoilers, we’ll see the characters go through very decisive moments regarding their future and their personal lives, I think we see the darkest but real side of each one of them and the author allows us to put ourselves on their shoes to have a clearer perspective on the why on their goals and desires. They’re surrounded by limits situations, where escape will be almost impossible.
.I really think it was a very good decision to have re-read the books of the Grisha trilogy as well as Six of Crows, since having all the fresh information in my head has helped me to enjoy and appreciate this book much more. And I recommend that if you haven’t read the main trilogy and you think about reading this one, maybe you should read the main trilogy first, because I think there’s a lot of information about characters and about the world in general that you need to know in order to appreciate much more of these books
I knew from the first chapter that this book would be slow pace since I had the same experience with Six of Crows, but I must say that I feel this one was even heavier and slower than the first book and although the plot is very good and solid, I can’t let that pass. I feel like I got older while I read this book lol, I was reading thinking that I was reading 100 pages already and I was reading only 50, and I confess that it’s a bit frustrating, even though I don’t want to take away the merit of the plot, but it’s something I had problems with, so I thought it would be worth mentioning
I think the plot is very strong and solid, there are moments, especially at the beginning, when you feel you don’t know where everything is going but then Kaz manages to surprise and give a clearer path to the story. This is a plot about revenge and how far as we are willing to go for it, and at the same time is about growth, friendship, and healing. There’s a lot at stake with this that’s happening with the jurda parem, which is this drug that makes the Grisha stronger but makes them addicted and erratics, and the group will be put to the test several times because of this and a lot will be put at stake, especially the alliances between them. Although I enjoyed the multiple POVs there are moments where I think that listening to the same thing from the point of view of each character is kind of repetitive, even so, it’s fun to be inside each one of their minds just for a moment. I also think that the author wants to put too many conflicts to solve in a single book and sometimes I feel that less is more, you know?
I think the characters are the strongest and best-built part of the book, there are moments where I don’t know if I love them or hate them, lol, but they’re INCREDIBLE characters, that’s for sure, full of mysteries and brilliant minds. There’s a lot of diversity and depth in them. So I want to talk to you very briefly about each one so as not to make this review too long
Kaz’s one of my favorite characters, he’s intelligent, calculating and ruthless, and I really enjoyed seeing that side of him, seeing how his mind works is especially interesting. I love how he’s always one step ahead of everyone and manages to surprise you in the most unexpected moments. I felt that in this book he’s particularly gloomy and even more evil than in the previous book, and that doesn’t really bother me, but at times I felt that you never finish knowing Kaz, he didn’t look like the boy in the first book, you know? and you never know what he’s willing to do. I think it’s cruel at times too, especially with the other guys, his personality is really strange but at the same time, I find it fascinating. Kaz and his mind have undoubtedly given me the best scenes in the book
Inej is all that is good in this world, I literally love her more now, if that’s even possible. She’s such a strong girl and with so many principles, she’s admirable, besides no matter how much she has had to go through or everything that has suffered, she’s always worrying about her friends and that shows the kind of person she is and her great kindness. Being able to see a little more about her past and how hard and cruel life has been with her makes me admire her even more, as well as her sense of justice. Inej deserves the best in the world and I really want to see her again soon
I don’t think these books are focused on romance, but the little scenes of Inej and Kaz have made me so happy. There’s something in them that feels real, you can’t deny that something is happening, the sexual tension is huge. Still, removing the romantic side, I think they really care and love each other in a non-physical way, but much deeper and I love that. The things they have done for each other, especially in this book, speak for themselves. Also I would like to highlight how both Inej and Kaz have gone through traumatic moments in their lives, they have suffered at the hands of someone else, but nevertheless, they’ve ended up building different personalities, and have chosen different destinies, I think Inej healed of some way and is still a very sensitive and empathetic person while Kaz directly changed by becoming in a darker person, closing himself to others
“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.”
Nina’s a very entertaining character to read about, she’s daring and impulsive but is always trying to help others and protect their own, and I love that. Maybe I don’t love Nina as much as the rest of the world, but I’m really liked her and I believe that after the revelations about her power in this book, she’s destined for great things and I’m excited to see her again soon. I think that as we already knew about her past in the previous book, in this book the author hasn’t gone deep in that aspect, but more in its possible future. She’s a very strong woman so I can’t wait to see what the future holds to her after the great pain that she has had to go through. I’m all about the scenes where she defends Alina so faithfully, I love that fire in her.
Jesper is great, I mentioned in my re-reading of Six of Crows that I felt much more attached to this character and I felt the same while reading this book. I think he’s a boy who has made a lot of mistakes in his life, but even so, I value his desire to get ahead and do the right thing for his family, I think it’s a very realistic character. I liked knowing more about his past, his family and his true desires. He has made me smile in the craziest moments and I love him for that
Wylan is one of those characters that has been a pleasant surprise for me, I can say after finishing this book that I’m proud of his improvement and I think he deserves what he got. We also see him face his worst fears and grow as a person. I think he’s the character that least fit in the group, for me, but now I feel that without him it wouldn’t be the same. Another character I loved to know more about, there are some very interesting revelations about his past that will make him think things better and give a turn to his life to become a braver man
Matthias, is a character with many values, and I respect that, but it has never been my favorite, and honestly, it has always been difficult for me to connect with him and his relationship with Nina. On the other hand, I enjoyed the stories about their land, their beliefs and especially about the Wolf, I love that story. I think Matthias can read so well to each of the guys in a very clear and accurate way and that’s why I enjoyed his POVs
I can see very clearly now, after that unexpected and tragic situation, that support and that union that the group has been building over time. You can see how they really care for each other and despite all the discussions and differences, they want the best for the other. It’s a wonderful group and I love how everyone contributes and makes of the story something much more interesting
“No mourners, no funerals. Another way of saying good luck. But it was something more. A dark wink to the fact that there would be no expensive burials for people like them, no marble markers to remember their names, no wreaths of myrtle and rose.”
There are characters that appear, characters from the Grisha universe, and I was like crazy for them. Back to see the characters you love is always a pleasure and also see them interacting with each other was great. LOVED THAT
I think I loved each one of the plot twists, not because they were all positive things, but because everything was very unexpected. I didn’t see anything coming from what happened at the end, it was really hard but I think everything is very well thought out. There’s something specific that happens in one of the last chapters, I can’t mention it as such, but I think I understand why the author has decided to do it, I think she has other plans for the characters and it was something that she needed to do. If I say that I’m heartbroken because of what happened, I would probably lie, but it seemed too precipitated maybe, for me. There’s something else that happens between Kaz and Van Eck, a scene that I think is one of the best I’ve read, that plot twist is sensational and I was in shock without being able to stop reading, SO well thought out!
The ending feels so open to me, I love how everyone feels that finally have a purpose in life, but I feel that maybe there will be more about in the next book, which I have no idea if it will be in the past or in the future but I’ll be sure reading it, because these characters are gold. I’m from that small group of people who will always love the main trilogy more, but I feel that these books are sensational and worth reading, especially because it has one of the best cast of characters that I’ve read about.