“I would 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, pistol blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting”
“Why do you guys say that, anyway? No mourners, no funerals? Why not just say good luck or be safe? … “We like to keep our expectations low” – I LOVE KAZ!
Crooked Kingdom is the second instalment to the Six of Crows duology. Following a deadly heist, Kaz and his crew are still after what they are owed. This book follows a journey through heartbreak, sadness, death, happiness with a hint of banter along the way. Any more information may be spoilers for this duology so I’m going to leave it there!
I was so excited to get to this book because I loved Six of Crows, very much to my surprise I loved this book even more. Oh my gosh, this book gave me all the feelings, I laughed and I cried, I was happy and I was sad. ALL THE EMOTIONS. I don’t even know where to start!
Firstly, I would like to say, how cute is Wylan. He was by far my favourite character in this. I’m not sure if i’m alone in saying this but I do really love his character. I have enjoyed following his journey throughout both of the books but his character really flourished in Crooked Kingdom and I just love him so much. He is such strong and loveable character and I have really enjoyed getting to know him more in this book. His character in particular in this book has made me laugh and cry, honestly I can’t cope! Following his journey has been one of my favourite aspects of this book and I am very satisfied with where it was left. AND THAT SHIP! YES YES YES. I 100% rate that ship! OMG. I wanted more!
Whilst we’re on for our love of characters, how sassy is Kaz. I love him so much. He is another of my favourite characters, probably of all time. Kaz if you’re reading this, I’m available for any criminal mission you might be recruiting for.
Anyway, away from my Wylan love and Kaz’s sass. I have said this in my previous review of Six of Crows but I absolutely love the characters and how they gel. In my opinion, one of the best aspects of Bardugo’s writing is the time she invests in her characters to ensure the reader feels connected and can relate to them. I absolutely love the journey that I have followed in relation to Kaz and his crew and by the end of this book I felt so attached and in touch with each and every one of them.
This book again was very fast paced and Bardugo definitely is able to pull you into a false sense of security before shattering your world with a plot twist you’re not expecting. This seemed to be a constant theme with this book and it kept me on my toes, I found myself not wanting to put the book down and “adult”.
Bardugo was not afraid to break out heart towards the end of this book, and she definitely succeeded. I’ll leave it there but it still cuts deep and I finished it 24 hours ago. I don’t know if I’m ever going to get over it. A big dislike of mine is authors that are too scared to break their readers hearts and therefore will not bring an unfortunate fate onto their main characters. I found that in the Shadow and Bone series Bardugo took on this trait however this completely changed in the Six of Crows duology and I am SO glad it did.
I could go on about this book forever, I used many tabs whilst reading this because it just gave me all of the feelings. I 100% recommend this duology to anybody reading this. Forget how you feel about Bardugo’s other series’, you NEED to read this!