“I’ll tell you a secret, Hanna. The really bad monsters never look like monsters.”
Well, now I’m reeling. No, this wasn’t as good as Six of CrowsBut that’s not saying much because Crooked Kingdom is absolutely insane and the more I think about it the more amazed I become and the book hangover I’m on now is so worth it. Even though book hangovers are the worst and now I can’t function properly in society. BUT REALLY, not much has changed.
But seriously, I’m impressed. And I am not impressed easily. I think what I love about this series is Leigh Bardugo’s skill in creating a story that combines phenomenal character building (my favorite favorite thing because I am a cruel monster and characters have to be phenomenal to make me feel anything) with worldbuilding and pretty, meaningful writing and insane action that I thoroughly enjoyed. And I got a little choked up. Because Kaz. So that’s a plus.
Can we talk about Kaz Brekker? This kid is insane. I think he’s slightly crazy. He’s morally deceased and heartless and cruel, and I Iove him. Does his backstory excuse his actions? No. I don’t think so. But he makes you think about what’s right and wrong, and what revenge can do to a person. And he’s remarkably easy to sympathise with. I hurt for him throughout both books, and I liked that by the end we still had our Kaz, but there was hope. Hope that maybe he could someday be better.
“And that was what destroyed you in the end. The longing for something you could never have.”
And the other characters. Holy cow I love them all. Inej (she was even more developed and wonderful in this book. Plus I really liked how she accepted she couldn’t fix Kaz but she could give him hope.) is still my favorite next to Kaz, but inCrooked Kingdom I really cared about all of them. So much. And when THAT ONE PERSON died I was
only a little bit happy DEVESTATED which is saying a lot because I am a heartless monster. Ahem. Even with that (especially with that? Like I said I’m evil) the ending was perfect. I choked up. I almost NEVER choke up. It’s like my version of crying.
“Better terrible truths than kind lies.”
I guess that’s all I want to say. It’s the characters that make this series. And even though Crooked Kingdom didn’t have the same breakneck excitement as Six of Crows it was still phenomenal.
Now someone might need to hold me down to restrain me from rereading the series. Because other books. Remember the other books, Lenna. You can read these again later. Maybe when you grow up you can live in Ketterdam and third-wheel Kaz and Inej.
Five stars. Appropriate for older teens who are okay with violence (though not overly graphic) and minor (with one instant of major) swearing.
Synopsis – Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
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.