It’s been a week since I finished Crooked Kingdom because please I am a professional-amateur-barely-serious book blogger who knows to wait before gushing about a novel. You’ve got to wait a little while to reorder your feelings and make sure you’re not clawing at the back of the hype train that has already left the station because the book is finished and the story is over.
But this book has left me reeling after a week and you know that means it was a good book.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
5 /5 Stars – Flipping amazing, buy yourself a house, buy your whole family a house.
Anyway, don’t you hate it when someone over hypes something? I do, so much. So I’m going to take a deep breath and say why I loved this little duology and why I think the second book was so much better than the first.
- Kaz Brekker and his amazing schemes. How coldly logical he is, but also strangely kind and misunderstood because to the outside world he appears to an evil machine of plots and plans. Crooked Kingdom also indulges in more of the characters’ histories and while we’d heard Kaz’s before I liked how his desire for revenge was always part of his character.
- Inej also known as The Wraith. She’s always been a fun character to read about, closer to Kaz but very much her own person. I won’t say much on it but how the novel ended with her fit her character very well after everything she had been through.
- Nina and Mathias. I loved their relationship struggles and how much their own pasts affected them.
- Jesper and Wylan. They are both so cute and I could honestly gush about all the characters and how real they seemed all day but seriously read the novels for yourself if you haven’t.
Kaz’s Plans: They were just so fun to read about. How things they had done before linked to another scheme later on.
Ketterdam: The description of the city made it so real to me. Details were given in snippets throughout both books and it slowly created this huge picture in my head. All the workings of thugs and thieves in the Barrel, even the plays the people loved and all dressed up as characters from it. It all seemed so real, almost like a circus in a city. A tourist attraction for sure. Every corner had some little snippet of history.
Honestly i could babble all day about why this book is amazing all day. How I loved Six of Crows and the insane heist they were on but Crooked Kingdom made me love the story even more. Leigh Bardugo is an insanely talented writer and I hope she doesn’t stop!
I can’t decide whether I loved the Six of Crows duology more than the Smoke and Bone trilogy. Either way I think this is a great start to 2017! Let me know your thoughts =)