Review: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

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Summary:

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.

Review:

Oh gosh! It’s been a week since I read this book and I’m still feeling so very weak and shaken. Bardugo outdid herself.

“Have any of you wondered what I did with all the cash Pekka Rollins gave us?”
“Guns?” asked Jesper.
“Ships?” queried Inej.
“Bombs?” suggested Wylan.
“Political bribes?” offered Nina. They all looked at Matthias. “This is where you tell us how awful we are,” she whispered.

Crooked Kingdom starts exactly where Six of Crows left off. The main concern, although someone won’t admit it, is to save Inej. The whole book is full of those things that made this story so amazing. The writing style just keeps getting better, Kaz’s scheming always more unpredictable, the adventures crazier, the atmosphere darker, the characters more developed, the relationship more emotional. These characters are all put to test, and so are the readers. I was so incredibly scared a lot of times, just to be reminded that, yes, this crew is the best squad ever. But they’re not invincible.

“Everything is a negotiation with you, Brekker. You probably bartered your way out of the womb.”

I think this series will always be among my favorites. I’m so sad to know that it’s over, but I’m also happy it ended on such a high level! I’m definitely going to reread it a few times, but I’m also so excited for Bardugo to amaze me with her next work!

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