Crooked Kingdom

Crooked Kingdom

Book - 2016
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Kaz Brekker and his crew 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--Jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627792134
Characteristics: 546 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 26, 2017

Second in the Six of Crows duology. Written for young adults.

Dec 22, 2017

Absolutely fantastic! Amazing characters and plot! (Read Six of Crow first)

I had so much fun reading this book. In fact, the duology stepped from the last book. I actually liked how the action built up and the fact that all countries were in the same city made it even more intense. I also liked the fact that I got to see more of the city of Ketterdam and how dark and grim it is. It made me think of the show Gotham or even Starlight city from Arrow combined. I also liked how Leigh also had more Grisha elements in the book as well. I have a feeling that I should read the Grisha Trilogy after this.

Starting off Kaz who I pretty much think is the most interesting character has developed so much in the book. I also like despite being a cruel, and smart person he has many sides of him. I also like seeing a part of him that actually cares for his team. I mean when someone is in trouble or down he will actually give a look. But at the same, I also like how Leigh didn’t make a 180 change for Kaz. It was more realistic and gradual which help keep the character we know.

For Inej, I think she is one of the strongest characters. I like how regardless of her past and the situations she knows how to take care of herself. She is tough and very smart. I also like the fact she and Kaz share this bond where they work well with each other. I hope another book comes out so I can see if they actually get together.

On to Wylan and Jesper. In the book, you get to know more about the characters and their backstory. I also liked Wylan, especially because in the first book I thought he was a whiny kid who just wanted to rebel. But throughout the book, I got a new respect for him. And Jesper he is just funny.

Lastly, I think the way it ended was perfect and it gave more open possibilities of more books. Like maybe spin-offs for the characters and maybe another series featuring the characters because I think it would totally fun to explore. I also would’ve liked to see how the characters who evolve as well.

Jun 03, 2017

What a heartbreaker. As of right now, I have no heart capable of feeling. This book may have started off a bit slow, even with the cliffhanger from the previous, but it came and tore apart everything at the ending. Much like the first. I really think that a certain potential death was avoidable and unnecessary, especially since we don't get to find out what happens to their "partner" afterwards. But truly, I loved it and have no doubt that others will too. I haven't read such a good book in a while, so this was a nice eye-opener. I really do ship Kaz-Inej, honestly, what a pair. But I do ship Matthias-Nina more, and then Jesper-Wylan. Why authors feel the need to kill our emotions sometimes will forever be a mystery to me. 5/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Can I just say that Crooked Kingdom is such an amazing book with an amazing world, characters, and plotline? Don't let the bulky book size scare you, it's worth reading every page. Crooked Kingdom is the second book in the Six of Crows duology. It is so rare and refreshing to read a series like this one. Not only does it tie the little subplots as well as the plot itself into a cute bow, but it also leaves your heart wrenched in tension or your lungs hurting from giggling throughout the entire experience. I can't talk enough about the morally grey but strangely likable characters I read. There is so much character development included and what gets to me is that it's realistic character development. The girl does not heal the bad boy's heart with love and patience but instead, there is only hope that the boy will come to heal himself in time. That is only one of the storylines to these characters I now hold near and dear to my heart. If I could erase my memory of the book so I could read it for the first time all over again, I would.
- @Spectacles of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I didn’t love Crooked Kingdom as much as Six of Crows, but I still liked the whole duology much more than I had anticipated. At times, Crooked Kingdom seemed messy and I felt that the book had lost its plot, or even that it was too fast paced. A better aspect of the book was the continued development of the characters, but I felt that in certain characters this went to waste or even wasn’t as prominent as it should have been. Where Crooked Kingdom does match up with Six of Crows is the book’s one-liners and quotables, which often occur during banter between the characters. My one wish for this book/duology is an even more fulfilling ending, as I found it hard to say goodbye to the amazing cast of characters. 4 out of 5.
- @pastapages of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 01, 2017

I adore this group of characters. Kaz is wonderfully vicious and cunning. Inej is irrepressibly hopeful. Jesper and Wylan are wonderful, playing off each other beautifully. Nina and Matthais are truly fabulous to read about.

I liked this slightly more than Six of Crows just because I felt the characters grow so much. I loved that the crazy schemes didn't always go as planned. That there were failures mixed in with the triumphs. You can't win every con, so it makes sense that Kaz would struggle occasionally no matter how smart and inventive he is.

Each character faced a struggle, internally or otherwise, that showed a bit more of their strength and how far they had come since the Ice Court job. I liked that the book didn't gloss over the secondary characters in favor of focusing on Kaz and Inej. The secondary cast is just as important here.

I loved the way this book wrapped up the duology. It left enough open to keep the imagination going, imagining how the characters lives would continue to unfold. It didn't go for a cheesy HEA for all the characters, didn't gloss over the issues they would have to face even after their stunning achievements. It was super well done.

Overall, super happy to have experienced these characters throughout both books and been able to go on such a crazy adventure with them. Kaz is ruthless and totally lovable and seriously one of my favorite characters of the year (maybe all-time top ten material).

May 31, 2017

Okay first of all: holy crap the roller coaster this book takes you on! And part of that is why I'm not giving it a full five stars the way I did with Six of Crows--it felt like there was too much packed into this book, from the Deeper Explorations of Everyone's Trauma to the 10,000 plots and plans they go through over the course of the book. I still really really liked it! I do really just enjoy being in this world and learning about the Adventures of My Emo Children Who Do Things For the Aesthetic, but I do think this book was less tightly-woven than Six of Crows was.

Apr 07, 2017

I have to say I like the first book better. The narration was focused on one big heighst. Yet in the second book, there were one scheme after another, to many challenges. Sometimes I feel each challenge was not so well descripted. There is also a lot more memories inbeded in within and well as more romance.

One thing I love about the second book is that it is probably the funniest on among the Grisha series. Jokes usually between Nina and Mathias. I adore this couple

Mar 19, 2017

So good!! Love the way she ended it, but hoping down the road she will write more!

red_rabbit_806 Mar 15, 2017

I loved all the characters, the wonderful setting, the writing, all of it!
Five stars!! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

samdog123 Mar 15, 2017

After Kaz and his crew are double-crossed in their job at the Ice Court, Kaz vows to get revenge. The slogan on the cover of the book is very apt--'when you can't beat the odds, change the game.' The twists and turns in the book are so exciting and the characters, Kaz, Nina, Mathias, Inez, Wylan and Jesper grow and develop so that we learn more about them. At over 500 pages, its a long read, but so terrific it's effortless to read. I'm only sorry that this is a two book series and I won't get to read about these great characters in another title.

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spl_merley Nov 14, 2016

After miraculously surviving a most spectacular heist by grit and good luck Kaz and his team are ready to enjoy their reward. When the promised reward is witheld in a daring double cross things turn into another fight for survival only this time on home territory Kaz and his team must find common ground once again if they are to work together and defeat a growing list of enemies ready to destroy them. There are higher stakes for everyone in Bardugo's sequel and finale. You won't want this story to end but you won't be able to put it down either.


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