Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Oh wow, what a great great book! I did not know Crooked Kingdom was a sequel so there will be no more Kaz Brekker adventures and that makes me truly sad. But I could not put this book down, as Six of Crows ends, Inej was captured by Van Eck and Kaz and his band of merry thieves all band together to rescue her. I love Bardugo’s schemes, her worlds, her characters, and this book did not disappoint! Inej is still the wonderful Wraith who has a conscience and Kaz’s back and possibly his love? Kaz evolves in this book, but how much can he really change when he can’t get past his brother’s drowning, swimming and touching his bloated dead body? The expanding relationship with Matthias and Nina gave me some Grisha/Fjerdan hope and romance, Wyland and Jesper continue their friendship and alliances (where will that take them?), and Kuwei Bul and Colm are welcome additions to Brekker’s crew as he schemes his way to revenge, money, and salvation; and the hateful characters like Rollins, Jan Van Eck and Per Haskell just get more and more nasty and wily, filled with never ending fights, lies and revenge. I fell in love with this plot, these characters, their worlds and want to read more and more about them. For a sweeping story, and elaborate machinations! Will Nina kick the parem that became her obsession and will her Grisha power return? Will Jesper still be hooked on gambling and getting himself and his friends in trouble? Just READ this book; you will lose yourself in their worlds, their loves, their insecurities and their daring do. Highly recommended!
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