Author: Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows, #2
No Mourners, No Funerals
This series gave me a solid reason to hate Duologies. It is too short, and I want more! 😭😭
Leigh Bardugo’s “Crooked Kingdom” is an exhilarating and masterfully executed conclusion to the Six of Crows duology. Picking up where the unlikely crew left off, this book takes readers on a heart-pounding journey filled with schemes, alliances, and unexpected twists.
Kaz Brekker and his crew face even more significant challenges as they seek revenge and fight for their lives in the dangerous city of Ketterdam. Bardugo’s intricate plotting keeps readers on the edge of their seats, seamlessly weaving together multiple storylines, elaborate heists, and deepening character arcs.
The characters in “Crooked Kingdom” are the heart and soul of the story. Each member of the crew, from the cunning and resourceful Inej to the sharp-witted and brilliant Kaz, undergoes further development, revealing hidden layers and vulnerabilities. Bardugo’s ability to create complex and flawed yet lovable characters is will draw you in further in the story.
The world-building in the book is rich and immersive, expanding upon the vibrant and gritty universe established in the first installment. Ketterdam comes alive with its vivid descriptions, intricate politics, and distinct social hierarchies. The complex magic system of the Grisha adds an extra layer of depth to the story, blending seamlessly with the gritty atmosphere.
The pacing is well-balanced, combining intense action sequences with quieter character moments and emotional moments. There are moments when I slightly lost interest for me. But it picked up once it seems like Kaz’s plan started getting tossed out the window as their enemies tried to outsmart him.
You can tell that this book is really set up for the next duology series of King of Scars.
“Crooked Kingdom” ending was wrapped up nicely but left you wanting to know more about the crew. The ending is what emotionally got me.
Great fantasy read if you are a fan of:
🗡️Compelling character-driven stories.