Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Rating – 4.5/5

“Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off the most daring heist imaginable. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re fighting for their lives. Doubled-crossed and badly weakened, they’re low on resources, allies and hope. While a war rages on the city’s streets, the team’s fragile loyalties are stretched to breaking point. Kaz and his crew will have to make sure they’re on the winning side… no matter what the cost.”

I adore this duology! I was unsure as to whether I would like it as the story really didn’t seem like something I would be interested in but I loved it! Six of Crows was magnificent and Crooked Kingdom was equally as wonderful.

I was constantly on edge throughout the whole book as I knew there would be lots of plot twists based on Six of Crows and I wasn’t disappointed. I never knew what was going to happen and was kept in constant suspense which I really liked. The setting of Ketterdam was explored in even more depth in this book and I found myself becoming familiar with the places the characters visited. This is a world that I really enjoyed as despite being fantasy, it felt very realistic and I could imagine it very vividly.

The characters were just as wonderful as they were in Six of Crows and it was great to learn even more about them. They were all developed beautifully, especially Wylan who I utterly adored in this book (although Jesper is still my favourite character). We were introduced to some new characters which was interesting and some familiar faces appeared again. I really did enjoy all of our six main characters which is unusual because in a book with so many characters, it is likely that you will not like one but I found them all to be brilliant. They were all so humorous despite the challenges they faced and this humour really made this book special.

Although I adored this book, I did enjoy Six of Crows more. This may be because I got myself into a bit of a reading slump halfway through this book and so it took me much longer to read than normal but I still really enjoyed it. This duology is a must read for all fantasy fans and it is filled to the brim with diverse characters which is wonderful. I highly recommend this series and I can’t wait to read more from Leigh Bardugo.



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