Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo | Book Review

Hello everyone!

I’m on a roll with my book reviews so far this year! 2 from 2. Immediately after finishing the stunning Six of Crows, I jumped into Crooked Kingdom to marathon the end of the series. My full thoughts on Crooked Kingdom below!

Author: Leigh Bardugo 

Genre: Young adult fantasy/adventure

Hardback: 536 pages

Published: Henry Holt, September 27th 2016

Series:  The Six of Crows duology #2


Leigh Bardugo once again exceeded all my expectations with this one. I half expected this one to not be nearly as good just because the heist storyline had been eliminated, and whilst I think I still preferred Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom was almost as amazing. Let’s break it all down!

Things I Liked:
  • The biggest thing I liked about this book was the development of character relationships. In the first book, all the characters were wary of one another and trying to find their place in the group, but in Crooked Kingdom we got to see more intimacy and friendship within the group and it was so heartwarming. Nina and Inej’s friendship was everything, as was Jesper and Wylan’s cute flirting!
  • The new direction. Given that the heist part of the book was over, I was worried the plot would stumble, but I actually enjoyed how Crooked Kingdom took on more political and economic circumstances and intrigue.
  • More backstory. Something that I really liked in the first book and it continued on perfectly in this one, adding context where needed and fleshing out the characters to make me more empathetic. I think I preferred the way it was handled in this one even better.
  • Satisfying ending. There’s nothing more worrying when you pick up the last book in the series that it won’t be a good conclusion. But this one tied up all the strings while at the same time, left you wanting more.
Things I Didn’t Like:
  • I kinda wanted more of a thing between Kaz and Inej not gonna lie. They had so much sexual tension and angst throughout both books and it almost led nowhere. But the ending was sweet and I was happy overall.
  • Sometimes things just happened without the reader actually seeing how, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing and creates lots of drama, but I feel like it happened one too many times in this one. Kaz just seemed to be in 50 places at once and organise EXACTLY how things were going to pan out.

Once again, technically this book may not be perfect, but I had such a fun time reading it and this series has become one of my all-time favourites. So, like the trash I am, I gave Crooked Kingdom:

If any of you have read this book, let me know what you thought. Do you agree with me or not? Let me know!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll talk to you in my next post!


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