Crooked Kingdom

Crooked Kingdom

Crooked Kingdom

by Leigh Bardugo

Series: "Six of Crows" #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: September 27th 2016
by Henry Holt and Co.




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 streetsβ€”a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.


“Sometimes,” said Kaz, “a proper thief doesn’t just take. He leaves something behind.”

Crooked Kingdom has been one of my most anticipated releases of 2016 ever since I finished it’s brilliant predecessor Six of Crows. Luckily, I was not disappointed. Leigh Bardugo manages to take all of the stunning characterization, wonderful romance, and intricately plotted heists from Six of Crows and replicate it a second time.

Kaz and his five accomplices have managed to survive a dangerous and virtually impossible heist, but their troubles aren’t over yet. Inej has been captured by the enemy, and it’s up to Kaz and his crew to save her before it’s too late.

Where Crooked Kingdom truly shines is in the characterization. From Kaz’s complex antihero personality to Matthias’ character growth, each of the six main characters have an amazing amount of depth and realism.

“You can only sharpen a blade so far,” Kaz said as he joined them at he front of the church. “In the end, it comes down to the quality of the metal.”

Additionally, the romance is absolutely fantastic. The chemistry between each of the three main couples in the series is fantastic and it’s hard not to root for them.

Like in Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom‘s main flaw is it’s pacing. The beginning of the story is rather slow as we get reintroduced to the world of Ketterdam. Luckily, the pacing speeds up as the heists begin.

This is a wonderful series with unforgettable characters and a richly developed world that will stay with you for long after you finish it.

When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.


47 thoughts on “Crooked Kingdom

  1. AHHHH I’M SO GLAD YOU LOVED IT TOO!!! This is basically the story of my HEART, precious little anti-heroes + precious evil heist + all the feels and emotions. PLUS WAFFLES. Like the waffle appreciation here just makes me very happy. I do kind of agree the pacing was slow at the beginning, buuuut at the same time I didn’t care because I wanted it to go on forever. Obsessed? ME?? HOW CAN YOU TELL.

  2. I thought this book moved SO fast! I do see what you mean, though, since we don’t get to see the importance of a lot of characters or pieces introduced in the beginning until the end. But I looooove this duo and Kaz and his gang hold a place SO close to my heart. Wonderful review, Zoe!!

    1. This is what’s so great about reading – we all see things in different ways. I definitely agree though – Kaz and the gang are fabulous. <3 Thank you Keertana!

    1. In my opinion Six of Crows is 100 times better than the Grisha trilogy, so if you liked the Grisha trilogy I cannot wait to see what you think of Six of Crows! Definitely let me know when you end up giving it a try.

    1. The characters and the romance were absolutely perfect, weren’t they? I’m so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. <3

    1. Thank you so much Becca! And eating waffles is definitely great preparation haha. I can’t wait to see what you think of it when you finish it! <3

    1. OMG PRABHLEEN! It is absolutely amazing and I promise you will not regret it. Let me know what you think when you finish it! xD

  3. I CANNOT WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK. I have already whined to everyone about how I haven’t gotten it from the library yet, BUT WHY MUST THE WORLD DO THIS TO ME. Six of Crows was basically the best book I’ve read all year, and I absolutely cannot wait to read Crooked Kingdom.

    1. OMG I FEEL YOUR PAIN. It’s so hard when libraries take forever to get books. But I hope the wait is worth it and you end up liking it just as much as I did!

  4. Wasn’t this book AMAZING?! I loved it so so so much. Like I seriously did not think it was possible to get any better than Six of Crows but boy was I wrong. And the romance?! <3 *swoon* Seriously, I love all the pairings in this series so much. The romance between Matthias and Nina is wonderful but I ship Kaz and Inej most. I'm so sad that this series is already over! Why was it only two books! *cries forever*

    1. THE PAIRINGS IN THIS SERIES ARE ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL. And yes I completely agree about Kaz & Inej! <3 They're absolutely fabulous. *cries with you*

  5. I think the pacing is why I seem to be stuck at the beginning of the novel! But I will definitely get back to it soon! I promise hahaha.

    Awesome review Zoe! I’m glad you enjoyed it so much!

  6. OMG I loved Crooked Kingdom so much! It was slow but I lapped up all the details about Ketterdam hehe. I love how you described Kaz as an anti-hero as well! I’m so glad you’re still posting reviews lovely, hope you are well! <3

    1. Thank you so much Jeann! <3 I've been adjusting to the new school year since my classes are a lot harder this year, but I'm glad to be back on a more regular basis. xx Hope everything's well with you too!

  7. Ahh I’m so jealous! It’s not out yet in my country and I can’t wait to read it! I’m so glad you enjoyed it though, it seems this book won’t dissapoint seems everyone seems to love it. I thought I’m the only one that have pacing issue with SoC, so I’m glad to know you feel the same. Amazing review zoe!

  8. OHHH I just finished reading and posted my review and I’m so glad to see you enjoyed this as much as I did <3 and I so agree with you, CK has a better and more in-dept characterizations than SoC. I was too focused on Kaz, Inej, and Nina on SoC but CK allowed me to care deeply for each and every characters, including Kuwei. I loved seeing the subtle and realistic character developments and I cried when horrible things happened to them πŸ™ but I agree, it was a bit slow and partially I think it's because it was too complicated. Like, there was no way to simplify/fast forward things πŸ˜› great review! <3

    1. I completely agree! Leigh is so talented that she manages to perfectly balance the romance, world-building and characterization – that’s so hard to so. I am so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did though! <3

  9. This is the first review I’ve read of Crooked Kingdom and I’m really happy to hear (read) that it doesn’t disappoint! I am a little scared of the pacing because I struggle with slower paced novels but it seems like it pays off. Great review, Zoe πŸ™‚

  10. I haven’t read Crooked Kingdom yet but I agree that pacing was a flaw in Six of Crows. I think maybe it’s because the book was too inside the character’s heads and so the focus was more on their development rather than the plot itself. But the pro of that is that it means we got super awesome and dynamic characters out of it, so I’m not complaining!

    1. My thoughts exactly. Combine such an intricate plot with such complex characterization and the pacing drags a bit as a result. I agree – that definitely makes for some stunning characters though!

  11. As much as I loved the Grisha trilogy, I still haven’t read these! And is it weird that I like reviews that aren’t all raving? Mostly because, what if I don’t love it as much as everyone else? πŸ™‚ I can handle slow pacing, though, so I’m excited for the day!

    1. To be quite honest, I love the Six of Crows duology A TON more than I did her Grisha series. It’s clear how far she’s come as a writer just between those two series. I’m curious to see what you think of it if you end up giving it a try! πŸ™‚

  12. I really need to read CK!! I started it on my ereader but started other books and didn’t got back to reading it. The pacing sure is slow in the beginning! Glad to see it changes after that πŸ™‚
    Great review!

  13. Great review I’m currently reading this book and I couldn’t agree more about the slowness of the beginning of the story but I can’t wait to get more into it and see Kaz and his crew and all the scheming that’ll happen lol I’m so excited

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