Summary: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.
“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.