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 kid napping 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 the Grisha world.
Once again, I must say that Leigh Bardugo is a genius. I’ve never known an author to give a storyline such depth, and to come up with so many twists and turns in one book. I know I’ve already said this once about Six of Crows, but this book left me on the edge of my seat waiting for more action. This book is completely packed with everything a young adult book lover could ask for. I would pick this book up at any free moment I had. There’s a reason why these books are so popular in the bookstagram community.
The relationships that have developed throughout this book were great as well. You have Jesper and Wylan (which are both absolutely cute), Kaz and Inej (which at times were extremely frustrating because neither wanted to voice their want for the other), and Nina and Matthias (which ended in complete heartbreak, and I sure as hell wasn’t expecting THAT.) The depth of each character and their relationship is astounding, and in my opinion I feel like it’s hard to become so attached to characters in any book, but Bardugo reeled me in from the beginning. I’ve never experienced a connection like this one. Not only did Bardugo allow me to become emotionally attached to characters in a way that I felt for them and cared for them…there were also times when I wanted to rip certain characters’ heads off. I will not speak any names, if only to spare readers the chance to hate them as much as I did.
I am still in complete awe at the fact that Bardugo was able to put so much depth and personality into Kaz Brekker. I am just amazed that he was always one step ahead of the game, knew every single detail in everyones plan and was able to emotionally control his enemies by lying straight to their face about hurting a loved one, etc. They believed him because they knew he was capable of such things, but he never once did anything (mainly because Inej would frown upon it, in my honest opinion)
I will not get too far into my feelings about Kaz Brekker this time around, and will only mention that Crooked Kingdom only made me love him even more as a character. =]
Maybe one day my dreams will come true and this duology will end up being a film. I believe that these books would make amazing movies!!!
Of course I’m going to give this book another 5 stars just for the simple fact that it is absolutely amazing. I urge you to read this book if you haven’t already, because I’m pretty sure that you’re going to love it, just like everyone else has!!