Title & Authors: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Orion Children’s Books
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 left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, 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 magic in the Grisha world.
Well damn, its taking me a full two weeks to recover from this book. I guess you could say I couldn’t really blog about it without giving away key points(AKA spoilers). This is the finally in the duology and trust me everything comes together in the end. A part of me really hopes that there will be another book while, another part of me is thankful that this ended on good terms with my emotions. Not that I’m emotional or anything.
Reason why I loved Crooked Kingdom:
I can only assume that you’ve read the first books–so you should know the jest from that but I wont give that anyway just in case. The plot picks rights back up and keeps moving forwards, does it ever lack any actions? No! It just keeps getting better and better, Inej finds herself in a dangerous situation, Nina still recover from her addiction to parem, and Kaz is planning things constantly, even when he just seems to be staring into space, while things around him fall to pieces.
Wylan discovers the truth about his mother and his sexuality. God, there so much thats going on at once to help with what seems like a simple plot. (Keep parem-juda from spreading/falling in the wrong hands, protect, and rescue. Get the big reward thats owed.)
O.k the sexually tension is high and perfect, there is tension everywhere. Inej and Kaz should just make out already. Wylan and Jesper please oh please just become boyfriends. Nina and Matthais needed to figure some stuff out before they realized what we already know–they want and need each other.
I absolutely loved all the discover of feelings and the beginning of new romances plus those old romances from the first book and the kindling ones finally been revealed–even coming to terms with new sexual identities.
What a suprise and joy this was to read!
The writing, by that I mean the language and style. The first time I read the first book, I had just finished reading another book. Bardugo has a different style and by that I mean it was different than the book I had just finish, not boring as i first thought it to be and thats a good thing, it gives her novel a distinction that sticks in the mind. Is her style good, yes, once you get into it–it will stay with you!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves high fantasy with a bit of a heist and a splash of romance with adventure thrown in for fun!