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Title: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Law & Crime | Suspense
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
ISBN: 9781627792134 or1627792134
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Crooked Kingdom Summary
Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts 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.
Crooked Kingdom Review
Again, I am upset with myself I let this series sit on my shelf untouched for so long. Although, this being not my typical genre of books, it did take me longer to read than usual.
Starting off right where Six of Crows left off, Crooked Kingdom brought us back into Ketterdam itself. Taking place all within the city itself, the world building in this series really shows itself. Leigh manages to make a cunning and interesting plot throughout the book with lots of twists and turns that are never seen coming. The group dynamics come more into play in this sequel. The characters developing and attempting to heal themselves while navigating their feelings towards each other, while also trying to change the game leaves me wanting more.
The plotting and writing is breathtaking. The way the cunning plots of Kaz and his team come to fruition leave the reader guessing whats to come next. This book stands out as it has a little bit of everything; hope, healing, romance, a cunning plot, mystery, and of course, incorporating real life parallels like bigotry, greed, and morality. I would suggest this series to anyone who is looking to branch out from their normal genre. I also hope that in the other books that Leigh has written these characters make an appearance. I am glad Leigh wrote this as a duology, but I have a feeling that Kaz and his gang’s stories aren’t quite over.
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More About Leigh Bardugo
Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (coming soon to Netflix) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars— with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019) which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles
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