Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Review: CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo

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 
kidnapping 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 magic in the 
Grisha world.

Cathrina's Review:
Crooked Kingdom is the sequel to Six of Crows which 
I reviewed on March 7, 2016. You can read that review here: 

I'm a fan of Six of Crows and was eager to read the sequel. 
And I must say the author Leigh Bardugo didn't disappoint me. 

While reading Crooked Kingdom, I had a chance 
to fall in love all over again with Kaz Brekker and his thugs. 

In this second installment I felt the compassion grow between them. And their solidarity to accomplish an impossible scheme, a scheme that could get them all killed.

Whereas this action-packed story with significant twists 
and turns had me on the edge of my seat, the author 
consistently brings the reader back in time with 
each character throughout the book. While the writing is excellent, 
some of the sections had begun to feel slow and drawn out. However, 
the background shaped each character and helped you to 
understand why and how they ended up with the likes of Kaz.

If you like speculative, YA novels full of suspense, action, 
and twists and turns you'll love CROOKED KINGDOM.


  1. Not a big young adult fan, but glad you enjoyed it. Always a bummer when the second book lets you down.

  2. Leigh is a very talented author. Glad you liked it Cat and I posted the link on twitter and hopefully she might see it.

  3. Writing sequels are a challenge. I admire anyone who can do it successfully--even partially.