Book Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Fear is a phoenix. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return

I enjoyed reading the Six of Crows duology, finally a good fantasy duology. But I did not like it as much as Leigh’s earlier work in The Grisha series.

Book Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo


Title & Author: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Release Date: September 20 2016
Series: Six of Crows
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company


When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

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 badly weakened, 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 the Grisha world.

I give Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo three out of five hearts. I think the novel is an okay story. But I just did not get hooked, which I did get when I was reading The Grisha trilogy. I felt a bit sad about that.

The story is fine, no big plotholes and good characters. I just think I like the adventure stories in the Grisha-verse better than heist stories. All the things I liked from the other series were not as present here as I would have liked, which took away from my happiness. One of the bad sides of the plot were that it wasn’t very memerable. It took me one and a half weeks to write this review and I can barely remember what went on, except for what I wrote down. Maybe there was too much in the story or it went to fast, I have no idea. But this is not how I want to remember a novel. It was a bit of a let down.

The characters are still well rounded and they all feel real, but they still felt a lot like the characters from the Grisha novels. I started to dislike Nina, her struggle with the withdrawal felt shallow and the whole drug thing rubbed me a bit the wrong way. And that DEATH! I am not gonna say who, but wtf!

I love the way Leigh Bardugo writes and her world. I really hope she writes more in the universe, because it is great. But please, write adventures and not heists! She is a super author, but I just did not like the Six of Crows duology all that much.

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