March 26, 2017
“This action will have no echo.” ― Leigh Bardugo, Crooked Kingdom<
Why are there only two books?
That was my first thought when I finished “Crooked Kingdom” last night. It is the second and last book of the “Six of Crows” duology by Leigh Bardugo and even though it ended with the main details tied up, I still need to know more! After I read book 1, I didn’t think Bardugo could top it, but I was wrong. “Crooked Kingdom” was an adventure with vast character development, heart racing moments, and of course, lots of scheming.
The six main characters are back as book 2 kicks off just as book 1 ended. After their heist on the Ice Court, the Dregs are out for blood in this thrilling sequel. They will stop at nothing to take back their city and get their revenge on the ones who swindled them. Funny how they are some of the best thieves and manipulators and now that they are on the other side… and well, let’s just say they aren’t too happy about that.
The character development from book 1 definitely carries over to book two especially with Matthias and Wylan. We get to see characters grow and others fall greatly. Again, I found every point of view exciting and never did I want to skip chapters because not only did we see what was currently going on, but we got more backstories. Lots of secrets come to light in book 2 and through the memories of our crew we get to see first meets, troubled childhoods, and those important moments that made them badass Barrel rats.
The villains in book 2 are very…subjective in some ways. Sure, there are the main bad guys, but if you really look into the lives of the Ketterdam citizens you can see that nobody is really innocent, especially those on the Staves. Also, not all of villains are people…think about that. There are many negative forces going up against our crew in book 2 and sometimes they win…and other times they lose. I had a lot of emotions going through my head as I read this book. I was mostly frustrated because of CERTAIN CHARACTERS WHO ARE UNOBSERVANT. I’ll let you read about that on your own and you can get back to me, yeah? Anger and sadness was also evident as I read, as well as pride. Basically, I was a mess by the end of it.
I did learn however not to doubt Bardugo. There were at least six incidents that I thought the crew was done for, but then one of the characters would look at Kaz and he would be cool as a cucumber and of course a plot twist would then smack you in the face. I got dizzy reading this book because of the amount of twists and turns. And if you thought jurda parem was an issue in book 1…just you wait. This book was exhausting and I haven’t felt that way since the first time I read “The Mortal Instruments”. I believe there is a term for it…ah yes, BOOK HANGOVER.
When it comes to comic relief I think we can hand it over to Jesper Fahey for that one. The sharpshooter really comes out of his shell in book 2 and as usual delivers his incredible one-liners. “Crooked Kingdom” is a lot darker than “Six of Crows”, but you can always count on Jes to be in the background flirting with someone or cracking inappropriate jokes at the worst times. Grish also get a bit of an upgrade in book 2 and it made me want to read the “Grisha Trilogy” even more! I think I’ll get that one soon!
The romance was sweet, but like book 1, not overwhelming. There were still cute moments (some more than others), but the plot stayed on topic and allowed us to really focus on the problem at hand. No spoilers, but I can definitely say that I was happy in the end when it came to certain characters.
One of my favourite parts about both of these books is seeing this incredible world Bardugo created. She didn’t just create a single city. She created countries and seas and even different languages for each one. From Ravka to Novyi Zem, it’s an entire new culture that I need to know more about! Yeah, I think I will read the original trilogy…
Anyways, I give this book a solid 5/5. Are we really surprised, people? No, I didn’t think so. If you are a fan of “Sherlock Holmes” mixed with a little “Infernal Devices”, then The “Six of Crows Duology” is for YOU! Read it, just…just read it, my friends. You won’t be disappointed! I promise! And now, some parting words from Mister Kaz Brekker himself:
“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.” (Kaz Brekker) ― Leigh Bardugo, Crooked Kingdom