Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

October 19, 2017 Review 10 ★★★½

Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
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Source: Purchased
Pages: 480
Release Date: September 27th 2016
Series: Six of Crows #2
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, General, Young Adult Fiction
When you can't beat the odds, change the game.

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.

First, I have to talk about how much I absolutely adored SIX OF CROWS. It was different than anything I’ve ever read and the characters and the dynamic they had with each other were glorious. So, needless to say, I had pretty high expectations for CROOKED KINGDOM, which might be why I liked the book but didn’t completely love it.

Kaz was back at it again with his crazy and beautiful scheming, orchestrating insane strategies and always trying to be not one, but two steps ahead. However, and I mentioned this in the first book, I have a hard time with his plans sometimes as I was always wondering if it really made sense or if it was just conveniently written. Like I wanted there to be clues or hints at his plans so if you really paid attention or thought about it you could put two and two together.

I also think a lot of depth was missing compared to the first book. It might have been because we were trying to get to know the characters at the time, but in this one I feel like not many people actually developed any further. Also missing where Bardugo’s other books delivered was Grisha power. There were a few mentions but it was disappointingly absent for most of the book.

For a fairly large installment, I thought the pacing was alright. There were some parts of the book that had a lot more time and writing dedicated to them than others, which was sort of odd when you compare the beginning and end.

Speaking of the ending, I actually had mixed feelings about how some things wrap up. There is a hint of an open ending in terms of one plot development, and I was not very happy with the conclusion of one character. It was unnecessary and seemed rushed.

Overall, there was nothing overwhelming good or bad about CROOKED KINGDOM, which was why after two weeks of reading it, I could barely recall what exactly happened in it.



Rating Report
Overall: 3.5

10 Responses to “Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo”

    • Alise

      Yeah, I like to be able to guess / figure things out a little bit more and I feel like this all happened behind the scenes. Glad you liked this one though :)

  1. Sinead @ Less Reality More Books

    I definitely agree about loving Six of Crows more; and the fact that Kaz’s plans confused the heck out of me! That and the ending lost a star from me too. Glad I’m not the only one, as it seems everybody loves this book and not liking it is like not thinking puppies are cute!

    Great review :)

    • Alise

      Yessss, I agree! I still liked elements from this book but I thought Six of Crows was stronger in a majority of things. Thank you!

    • Alise

      You can definitely tell how much the author has improved in Six of Crows and that’s saying a lot since I also really enjoyed the Grisha trilogy. I hope you like this duology just as much!

  2. Sara L.

    It’s funny how people’s opinions of one book can be so different. I loved both Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom – but I’d have to give the edge to CK. It’s one brilliant con after another, and I loved how the biggest one of all unveiled itself slowly through each chapter, with each POV character.

    Btw, did you hear that Leigh Bardugo is going to write a duology about Nikolai? :D
    Sara L. recently posted…Thrilled to Be Part of a “Literary Tea Party” Cookbook!

    • Alise

      Interesting! Yeah, it’s funny how that tends to happen. I liked this one but I wish Kaz’s plans had been more out in the open or at least easier to guess.

      I hadn’t heard about that, but that is AWESOME.

  3. Marta

    Well, I kind of really liked this one, I don’t know if more than Six of Crows though, but it’s definitely one of my favorite this year. But of course we all have our own opinions, anyway what I instantly loved about the first one were the different points of view, Leigh Bardugo kills it that way I think, how can she write such different characters and give each one credible thoughts and dialogue is beyond my imagination.
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    • Alise

      I did like this one but not as much as Six of Crows. They both had different strong elements but I personally preferred the first in terms of character dynamics. I’m glad you enjoyed both :)

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