Here is my review for Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo.
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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.
- Kaz and Inej
- action packed
- very emotional at times
- Bardugo really shines with her writing in this series
- too confusing and overcomplicated, unnecessarily
- too long
- does an even less convincing job at standing well without the original Grisha trilogy
- narrative is too unreliable
I can’t believe I’m finally done with this series, I’m not alone any longer! But I must admit I’m still a bit alone because I didn’t really love this as everyone else seemed to do. Maybe it was the hype, I don’t know. I just didn’t fell head over hills with it. I guess the thing that turns me off the most is how the plot is always so confusing and unreliable. You can’t really trust on what the characters are saying or doing because the next change of paragraph, everything was part of some bigger plan or even a decoy. It’s just frustrating, it stops being exciting little into this series. I feel like this book tries a lot to be exciting but then it fails with the over complications. Does that make any sense? Anyway, I guess that was the worst thing about this. Other that I didn’t really care about was how dependent this was from the original Grisha trilogy. Bardugo is such a good writer, she is becoming more and more excellent with every new book. I really don’t think she needs to rely on that world so much. There were still many ways for this series to be great without the whole Grisha thing. It feels like an unnecessary safety boat at this point. Because in terms of writing, I’m really satisfied with this one. Problems I had with Six of Crows, like the characters’ relationships not feeling real, were totally solved. I was very invested in them. Especially Kaz and Inej. I think y’all know how little I care for romances, but I love these two. Also, this is very emotional and action packed, which makes the read really interesting overall. Although there’s things about this book (and series) that didn’t really resonate with me, I think they are quite competent either way. I just wished they were a bit different.
Have you read this book? Are you on the “best thing ever” side? Let me know!
See you soon,