Book Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
ashley | I quite enjoyed Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, but it took me a while to get into and get through. Knowing this, I was prepared for book two of the series, keeping in mind that me and book two hardly ever get along. But I was really entranced by Kaz and have been excited to pick this story back up again for some time, so my hopes were slightly high.
This book is basically one scheming plan after another, all coming together to avenge the events from the previous book. I’m not complaining, I love the scheming plans and what Bardugo does so well keeps the suspense building. She weaves in moments of action and movement so we don’t spend the entire book talking about what is going to happen in the third, which is pretty much my biggest issue with most second books.
As far as characters go, there is such a hardness to Kaz that is a lot more obvious this time around. It makes him a good leader, he makes the difficult decisions and hard choices, but it was really apparent in this and he often came off as a bit of a jerk. A jerk with good intentions and heart, perhaps, but still a jerk. It didn’t make me like him any less, however. I admired his determination and his soft spots. He is a great complex character and I think he really holds this book together, complimented of course by the other characters, who are just as lively and spirited in this book as the last.
The lingering love and relationship arcs from the first book are also a bit more apparent here. It was all alluded to before, but now you’re seeing them blossom much more in the open, complete with mushy dialogue and fawning looks. Sometimes it feels a little overdone, but that could also just be me not wanting to focus too much on that aspect and get back to the thieving.
Oh how I love that satisfied feeling when things all come together, and Bardugo does this so perfectly every time. Every little bit is so well thought and planned out that the last half of the book ends up being action packed and immensely satisfying.
This was a great second book and I’m loving this series more every time I revisit it. Can’t wait to continue the adventure!
september 27, 2016