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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Review: Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

‘Six of Crows’ is the first Leigh Bardugo book that I’ve read, but it won’t be my last. I found myself lost in the fictional world of Ketterdam that Ms. Bardugo created, completely enthralled with this grim, yet fantastical place. I have heard that this story is connected to other series that she’s written, but as this is the first book of hers that I’ve read, I cannot offer any observations in that regard.

Like the world that she created, the characters were equally intriguing. They are flawed and often behave in cruel ways, making tough choices and often having to choose between morality and survival. They are a group of anti-heroes, villains that I grew to love.

‘Six of Crows’ tells the story of a group of street kids, working together to pull off a dangerous heist. The leader of the group, Kaz Brekker, is infamous in Ketterdam. He has feared and respected on the streets, climbing his way to the top of the criminal hierarchy through sheer force and determination. To mess with him is to meet a swift end.

Kaz assembles an unlikely group of outcasts for the job, each with their own motivations for accepting. Their personalities and talents are diverse, but together they compliment each other perfectly. Some have special powers. All are outlaws.

Right from the start, I was drawn in to this paranormal adventure/fantasy. There was never a dull moment. From prison breaks, to combat, to complex heist schemes, I never knew what was going to happen.

I also found myself enjoying the individual stories of each character. I couldn’t help but love each of them, despite their sometimes infuriating actions. Given the reality with which they were faced, it was easy to see why they made the decisions that they did. I couldn’t judge them harshly for some of their cruel behaviors, because they were often forced to choose between the lesser of two evils.

After finishing this first book, I will certainly be continuing this series. This book ended with an upset. I have to know how things work out and what the future holds for this endearing cast of misfits. If you’re looking for a great adventure/fantasy, look no further. ‘Six of Crows’ was fantastic!

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