Kaz Brekker and his crew 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 left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, 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 magic in the Grisha world.
5/5 Would Read Again
*I’ve been meaning to write a review since the night (…morning?) that I finished this, but life kept getting in the way. Never fear though because*
It’s HERE. I’ve been so stoked for Crooked Kingdom and it was by far was one of my most anticipated releases for 2016. I started off with the intention of reading in moderation to make sure that I got some sleep the night it came out, but alas, I totally lied to myself and finished somewhere around 4 am?
Crooked Kingdom started off a little slow for me, but I really started to get into the groove of it about halfway through. Not to say the first half wasn’t good, I think I was super pumped and anxious for answers and I felt that it was a little underwhelming. Not to worry though, it definitely picked up.
I won’t go too much into the plot because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I’ll just tell you that it was fast-paced, clever, and we get to explore a whole lot more of Ketterdam this time around. There are a wide range of characters, some old and some new, and so so much character development to be had, especially if you compare from start of this series. Each of the six are working through their own personal battles on top of the main tasks at hand, and we get to read from each of their POVs. Basically, you’re just gonna end up loving them more than you already do.
The dialogue is sharp and witty, full of banter that’ll make you want to join in (or crack a smile at the very least), and always made me want to high-five someone for their smooth moves (here’s lookin’ at you, Jesper). One of the reasons I think this book (or this series, for that matter) is so brilliant is because it is so vibrant— it honestly reads like a movie. It’s got the characters that you hate to love and love to hate, the fast-paced action, the clever dialogue with seamless movement, all set in a darkly alluring city (kind of like a gothic-steampunk Venice?). What more could you want, really? I’m so incredibly sad to see this story finish, but I was (mostly) satisfied with how this duology ended. All in all I ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND this series. Planning on checking it out? Harboring the idea of reading it? On the fence? Not at all interested? Love yourself, friends, and just do it. You can hate me for it later.