Review: Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If I thought that ‘Six of Crows’ was action-packed, I hadn’t seen anything yet! ‘Crooked Kingdom’ followed Kaz Brekker and his gang of misfits as they sought revenge on those who had wronged them, beginning with a plan to free Inej from their grasp. Listening to the Audible version, I again found myself having to rewind on occasion in order to keep track of what was going on.

While this sequel was full of exciting adventures and plenty of scheming, I loved that I felt like I got to know each character better. Glimpses into their pasts are provided, giving readers a more comprehensive understanding of these unique individuals. This served to endear these characters to me, even more so than the first book.

Given the high level of action and adventure provided in this book, it was nice to have those aspects of the story balanced by the more emotional stories of each character. One minute I was on the edge of my seat, hoping they’d make it out of their most recent debacle in one piece. The next, I was fighting back tears as Inej recounted her early days at the brothel.

Overall, I thought that this was a fantastic book. It had plenty of twists and turns along the way. If you like a suspenseful action/adventure story, this is a wonderful choice. Although it was far more sentimental than the first book for me, I still needed a little more of a focus on the romance…but that’s just me. I’m looking forward to being reunited with these characters in the future, as I’m pretty positive we’ll be hearing from them again.

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