Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)
By Leigh Bardugo
Genre: High Fantasy
Publish Date: September 27, 2016
Bang Bang Rating: 1/2
Kaz and his gang return from their heist with their precious cargo only to find that the person who hired them won’t pay up.
The Good (THIS IS THE SPOILER FREE REVIEW. CLICK HERE FOR THE SPOILER EDITION)
- Ketterdam. Ketterdam is the world the Six of Crows series is based in and it’s a horrible and fantastic place. It’s reminiscent of Vegas if Vegas exploited the young and the female.
Ketterdam is also very diverse culturally and sexually but it’s never part of the story. People are who they are regardless of what they look like or who they share their bed- power is what matters in Ketterdam. I enjoyed this quite a bit because it’s RARE to see brown and LGBTQ characters in fantasy novels. I hope readers don’t get hung up on that because this book is about their relationship and survival and their race has nothing to do with the mentioned themes.
- Kaz & Inej. They are my FAVORITE couple of all time and they didn’t even touch in the first book. How Bardugo managed to create such a dynamic couple without so much as a hug is beyond me but it’s all fabulous. I’ll explain more in the spoiler edition.
- Characters. This series is completely character driven and there are six main characters that all require backstory. We received everyone’s story in book one with the exception of Wylan who didn’t have his own chapters in book one-very clever Bardugo. We get to learn more about Wylan because his father plays a major role in Crooked. Crooked is more about how the main six deal with their issues and if and when they will find their happiness.
- Pacing. Although the series is character driven, there’s a lot of action for all of those readers who need things to happen between all the dialog. Just like Six of Crows, Kaz was always ten step ahead of everyone else and several times during the story you weren’t sure if they were done for of if it was part of the plan.
- Nothing. I liked everything in this book so I have nothing to add in the bad portion. Because Six of Crows was so new and different and refreshing, I couldn’t give Crooked Kingdom five stars. I know it sounds weird but one of the reasons why I gave Six of Crows five stars was because it was different and since Crooked was similar in story and writing, it’s no longer different.
Crooked Kingdom stayed true to book one in characterization, writing, and plot. I envy the friendships in Crooked Kingdom but I thank the lord I do not have to survive the way they all do. The character development and the world are top notch and I’m excited to see what Bardugo will come up with next.
To see the spoiler edition of Crooked Kingdom, click here.