Crooked Kingdom

Crooked Kingdom

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 Ke...

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Title:Crooked Kingdom
Author:Leigh Bardugo
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Edition Language:English

Crooked Kingdom Reviews

  • Victoria Aveyard

    HOW DARE YOU LEIGH

  • Emily May

    What's that down there on the ground, you say? Oh, it's just my heart after Bardugo callously ripped it out *sob*

    Seriously,

    . The jump in quality from the Grisha trilogy to

    and

    is just astounding. These books have Bardugo's compelling style all over them, and yet they are so much more complex, r

    What's that down there on the ground, you say? Oh, it's just my heart after Bardugo callously ripped it out *sob*

    Seriously,

    . The jump in quality from the Grisha trilogy to

    and

    is just astounding. These books have Bardugo's compelling style all over them, and yet they are so much more complex, rich, and well-written. As a person who doesn't love multiple perspectives, especially more than two, I'm amazed at how the author manages to juggle so many diverse characters and make me care about them all.

    is a beast of a book - my hardcover would make a nice murder weapon - and yet the action and tension never run dry. It's a cliche to compare a book to a rollercoaster but that's exactly what this felt like - highs and lows of emotions, equal parts humorous, sexy, entertaining, dark, violent, romantic and gritty.

    The stakes just keep getting bigger. This book opens where we left off with Wylan wearing Kuwei Yul-Bo's face, and our gang must rescue Inej, get revenge, and defeat the bad guys. But that doesn't even begin to sum up all the action, adventure and craziness going on here. And as well as being dark and compelling, the characters and relationships we love become even more

    . There are a grand total of THREE ships here and I truly adore them all.

    I actually wasn't really feeling the Kaz/Inej chemistry in the first book, but it just came crashing down in a wave of feels here:

    *shivers*

    In the end, though, Leigh Bardugo is EVIL. Don't forget it. There are so many satisfying things in this book - like watching Kaz Brekker just be fucking awesome, like all the twists and turns, like the wonderful gay romance - but it also hits you in the heart. And it hits hard.

    . It was the kind of ending a story like this deserves - the kind that leaves you wanting more, but knowing that it finished in exactly the right place.

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  • Nat

    Before I start my review, can we just take a minute to admire this beautiful piece of art featuring my favorites:

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    The wait for this grandiose sequel has been all-consuming, I've been thinking about the Dregs for months and months now, so getting back into their lives has been one of the most rewarding experiences.

    The book opens on Wylan still wearing Kuwei Yul-Bo’s features since

    Before I start my review, can we just take a minute to admire this beautiful piece of art featuring my favorites:

    This review contains

    .

    The wait for this grandiose sequel has been all-consuming, I've been thinking about the Dregs for months and months now, so getting back into their lives has been one of the most rewarding experiences.

    The book opens on Wylan still wearing Kuwei Yul-Bo’s features since Nina didn’t trust herself with her powers now. It had been just under a week since the Dregs reached Ketterdam, almost a month since they’d left Djerholm. And they're all fighting to get Inej back before Van Eck could have his way with her.

    They were almost out of time. But none of them knew the real game Kaz "Dirtyhands" Brekker - the smooth, smart, criminal mastermind - was running.

    And so, piece by piece, the plan to rescue Inej had come together.

    Things were about to get dangerous.

    Literally one of my most pressing questions for the sequel was answered so quickly!!

    But the days until Van Eck’s deadline were dwindling, and to get Inej back, they would need surprise on their side. Only one shot at getting the Wraith out of this situation.

    But before all that can happen, we get to read from the pov of my favorite warrior: Inej Ghafa, legend of the Barrel. And let me tell you, she is one of the most strong and determined and courageous characters I've known, so watching her doubt herself and her Saints damn near broke me. What she had to go through in her first chapter left me both shaking and trembling. Ghafa has my soul, heart and my enter being wrapped around her pinky.

    Meanwhile, the Dregs have gathered enough intel to get their girl the hell out of Van Eck’s hole. I felt truly terrified for Inej because that brute managed to get into her head, but she was done being frightened of this man. And so was I—thanks to both her and the man of the hour, my favorite bastard of the Barrel: Kaz Brekker with that demonic cane.

    You know, I forgot for a second there just how dark he can be when it comes down to business. But he's called Dirtyhands for a reason, and we're reminded just exactly what he had done to earn his reputation.

    I'm still furious at myself for believing that that smug merch son of a bitch could outthink Kaz Brekker. And with the help of his loyal Dregs, they manage to get Inej of out harm's way... but not without trouble coming their way. The kind of trouble even Jan Van Eck hadn't foreseen: Shu with wings (!!) looking to hunt and capture Grisha.

    But the deal is the deal and Van Eck has to pay up—Dirtyhands is not someone to piss off. They’d set out to get Inej back from Van Eck and they had. But they're not done with the merch. And the plan the Dregs have set is so intricate that it will be the end of the Van Eck empire, without a shadow of a doubt.

    Okay so, here's the official plan to both earning their thirty million

    and obliterating the devil himself: They're going after Van Eck's sugar crop, since he controls the silos where the supply is produced:

    • Thanks to Wylan’s weevil they can destroy the sugar in Van Eck’s silos without being exposed.

    • And once the other merchants learn that Van Eck has been buying up sugar that isn’t stored in his silos (thanks to Kaz purchasing shares on behalf of Van Eck), his reputation will be annihilated.

    • They'll get the weevil into the silos by letting tiny and ferocious Inej do what she's best at: climbing up twenty stories high and walking a high wire from one silo to the next...no biggie.

    • And while doing all of the above, they're also going to get the rest of the Grisha out of the city, at Nina's request.

    A ship to Ravka with twenty passengers (including Kuwei) is conspicuous, so they're going to steal Van Eck's own transport to remain obscure. They couldn’t just be smarter than their opponent, they had to be relentless.

    • I just... why is everything so damn complicated with the Dregs. They're nothing if not ambitious.

    It's a known fact that Kaz Brekker is a smooth, smart, criminal mastermind, but he also hurts for his big, criminally inclined family. And watching him realize just that was one of my most cherished scenes.

    I cant stop thinking about this without getting goosebumps. Damn you, Kaz.

    You know, speaking of which, Wylan finding out that his mother was still alive and in an insane asylum because of rotten Van Eck, made me want to string his father up in a barren field and let the vultures have at him, to quote Jesper.

    But seriously that whole situation made my heart race. I couldn't believe to what levels of evil Van Eck would sink. The only silver lining was the whole plan Kaz had in store for the devil. And hopefully seeing Wylan reunite with Marya Hendriks. I’m always weak for stories reuniting mother and son. Always.

    Also, Jesper trying to cheer Wylan up made me shed a tear or two...

    They seriously deserve the world and so much more. They all did.

    This was them at their best.

    And then halfway through the book,

    because Ketterdam has turned on Kaz. “But if you couldn’t open a door, you just had to make a new one.” And that's what Dirtyhands excels at.

    My heart leapt like a horse clearing a jump. Kuwei is going to auction himself with the hopes that the Ravkans will end up buying him. It was the best chance they had of getting Kuwei to Ravka and saving Grisha lives. To quote Brekker, it was a mad, spiky monster of a plan, and that was what it had to be for them to succeed.

    Seriously though, how does Bardugo keep up with herself? There were so many twists and turns that left my mind spinning even after having closed my eyes. The whole storyline is just so lancing—we know where the end-game is supposed to be, but to get there the Dregs would have to go through hell and back. And damn, that they did.

    But before hell comes their way, Kaz and Inej share an intimate moment that left me undone. He had gone to great lengths to prove he was capable of anything.

    I’ll be 100% honest, this choked me up a little bit.

    My heart should not be making that sound.

    This is heaven, what I truly want. I have no words to thank you for this.

    Seriously, Leigh can write evocative, raw and hauntingly powerful scenes like nobody's business.

    They truly deserve their happy ending.

    But in the end, it all came down to this: "Brekker, his Wraith queen, his rotten little court of thugs." Because no matter what would happen, the Dregs had a way of rewriting their own rules.

    I mean, that ending... that ending was every bit as epic as I had anticipated. It either would've gone brilliantly or in total disaster, but that’s generally the way this crew likes to work.

    Also, one last minor thing: I was on the edge the whole time to see who would survive, even though the table of contents kind of gave away who lives, who dies, who tells their story... But I cannot, for the life in me, believe Matthias Helvar got killed off by a young drüskelle.

    My eyes burned, tears streaming down my cheeks. I was whispering "come back to me," right there with Nina.

    I just... I was rooting for everyone to have their happy ending.

    . So this death came as such a shocking reveal. I felt sorrow dragging at my heart for hours after that. And I'm still not over it.

    This Saintsforsaken book has taken away a piece of my heart with that ending. I’ve got this ache in my chest that won’t go away. I want to be free. But I know I won't be forgetting the Dregs anytime soon.

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  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    Review/discussion:

    My favourite part of reading this was that as I took review notes every time I wrote Kaz it autocorrected to Kazoo

    This freaking book oh my goodness. I LOVED IT, even more than the first one actually. I adore this characters and I must see them again. A Nina spin off perhaps? YES PLEASE.

  • Regan

    UGHHHHH I NEEEEDDD MORRRREEEEEE

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