Crooked Kingdom

Crooked Kingdom

Book - 2016
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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 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.
Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781627792134
Branch Call Number: Y FIC BARD
Characteristics: 546 pages : maps ; 25 cm


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Oct 08, 2020

And here I thought the first book was full of intrigue. Crooked Kingdom takes the plotting and counterplotting to the next level, and still keeps the reader perfectly engaged and lets them follow along even as it hides everything behind layer upon layer of maneuvering and manipulation. Coming in hot off the heels of Six of Crows, this book keeps the pedal to the metal and drives even harder. Plus, we get to see a lot more of Ketterdam, and the understated worldbuilding behind it all, which I as a writer appreciate a lot.

I'M SO EMOTIONAL. This series is phenomenal. I have no coherent thoughts after staying up late to finish this but I just adore this world and these characters with everything I have.

Apr 30, 2020

Kaz and his team arrive home to Ketterdam after pulling off the greatest heist of all time, only to find out the man who promised them money has no intention of giving it to them. With ever setback against them in a city full of enemies, the team schemes and makes plans to get the money and vengance they deserve.

5/5: This book. I will be honest; I didn't cry reading it, I didn't sob my eyes out nor did I feel like my heart had been ripped out, unlike most people who survive the sheer overwhelming emotional power of this book, but holy heck I can't deny that this book was very well done. It's honestly one of the best sequels I've read. The first book, Six of Crows, showed each characters' strengths. What Crooked Kingdom does is show their perseverance and determination to overcome their setbacks. It's such a great book! It enriches what Bardugo establish in the first book. I might even like this more. Either way, read this book, especially after you read Six of Crows. It's worth it.

Where do I start? How do you praise something that has everything to be praised for? Ok, the characters. Kaz's cleverness really showed in this book. In the first one, he did a great job of course, but here it shows Kaz thinking of plans even after he lost. It shows his strategy of thinking outside the box; "If you can't play by the rule then change the game", something like that. Inej? She's a queen. Like, actually. She's a badass, she's wise, she's kind- and she doesn't claim to be anything more than that, which is why I love her. When Kaz was helping Inej with her bandages. WHEN HE LEANED IN. Oh my lord. I was dying. I couldn't believe it. I really appreciate their relationship; they've been though tough shit together and they respect each other enough to let the other go. I love them. Nina and Matthias. MATTHIAS. This sequel does him justice. In the first book it shows him realizing his beliefs were wrong, but in this it shows him really letting go of his old beliefs and fully accepting what he was taught to believe was wrong. He and Nina would've conquered the world. He loved Nina. He loved her so much it hurts. I hate how he ended, but... it symbolizes that he gave up his old beliefs. He died in the face of his old self, and he did so willingly. Ahhh D: too depressing, I'm moving on to the gays. WYLAN is my favorite. I don't know why, but I just love reading about him. He and Jesper are precious. I love them. They are happy together. WHEN JESPER KISSED THE WRONG GUY, I was screaming. I had to put my book down, because I just couldn't. I swear, Kuwei Is like a little devil trying to take Jesper from Wylan, and I'm here for it. I love them both. Jesper's growth was great. When Kaz called Jesper "Jordie", a piece of me died. God. TI feel like I could talk about every single chapter in this book at length and explain why I love it, but that would be too much for this KCLS summary. Everything is so great.

What I Take Away: Strength comes in overcoming your obstacles. It's ok for the main characters to lose. It's when the bounce back that shows how strong they are. Kaz and Inej are a power couple. Nina and Matthias are star bound lovers. Jesper and Wylan are the most wholesome thing in this book. And Kuwei is a little devil, but in the best way.

Apr 18, 2020

OMG! The Six of Crows blew me away, but this one is even more amazing. It's a hang-by-the-seat-of-your-pants joyride down a twisting mountain road without headlights. After pulling off the heist of a lifetime, Kaz and his crew are right back where they started--fighting for their lives. Kaz is almost always one step ahead of everyone, but time and time again his opponent manages to pull off the unexpected resulting in an emotional roller coaster. Will Kaz come out ahead or has he finally met his match? Bardugo will leave you breathless and wanting more. I highly recommend all of Bardugo's books, but Kaz will always remain closest to my heart.

JCLMirandaA Apr 08, 2020

Follow up to “Six of Crows” and conclusion of this duology. The Crows have lost one of their own, not only do they need to get her back, but they also have avoid an entire city that’s after them. What. A. Follow-up. Just as brilliant as Six of Crows, but definitely a different type of story that I loved all the same. I’d say a bit more cerebral and cat-and-mouse but still gives you the feel of a heist or chess match. I loved getting to spend more time with these characters that just wormed into my heart even more. This one felt like it kept you more on the edge of your seat, still giving you the delicious twists and turns, but with even higher stakes and even more people after our Crows. I also liked that in this volume the setting becomes a character as well (I love when authors do this and do it well) as Ketterdam (and Kerch) does in this book. A fantastic and heartbreaking conclusion. These books introduced me to a world that dazzles me and some of my favourite characters and casts of characters ever. Also if you’ve read the Shadow and Bone trilogy you get some nice cameos from some of those characters. One of the best duologies I’ve ever read. Cannot recommend enough.

Feb 26, 2020

the sights, the smells, nefarious goings on and trickery... simply awesome

IndyPL_SteveB Feb 14, 2020

Dynamic, can’t-put-it-down sequel to fantasy novel *Six of Crows*. Maybe even better than the first part.

In *Six of Crows*, six outcasts with hidden pasts had to break into an unbreakable prison to rescue/kidnap/kill a prisoner. Then they were betrayed by the man they thought was their benefactor, who refused to pay them and seized Inej the Wraith as hostage.

Kaz, the leader of the six, has been given seven days to turn over the prisoner or Inej will be killed. But he has a plan – several actually. While the first novel was a heist story, this one is a revenge story, where the object is not merely to win, but to humiliate and destroy the lives of the two main villains – Jan Van Eck, a prominent local merchant and the father of Wylan, who is one of the six; and Pekka Rollins, the most powerful criminal gang leader in the city of Ketterdam. Some humor is included as plans within plans within plans come about and you are never sure if any particular event is an accident or part of someone’s plan.

This is REALLY EXCITING, with terrific characters. Bardugo is a powerful writer with a fine ability to control the complex plot. Every chapter has a new twist. Teenager or adult – if you like intense, character-driven fantasy novels, you need to read these two books.

Dec 09, 2019

Our characters' back stories are laid out in this one; the heist is also more complex and unbelievable.

Nov 14, 2019

Another EXCELLENT read. Couldn't hardly put it down. Hope there might be another to follow.

Sep 25, 2019

I loved this book but am giving it 4 stars because it started off soooo slow. I also didn't love that it took place within a few days, it seemed a little rushed at times. But with that being said, the character development was great and the plot was interesting. It was a good ending to the series and I'm sad to say goodbye to some of these characters!

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spl_merley Nov 14, 2016

After miraculously surviving a most spectacular heist by grit and good luck Kaz and his team are ready to enjoy their reward. When the promised reward is witheld in a daring double cross things turn into another fight for survival only this time on home territory Kaz and his team must find common ground once again if they are to work together and defeat a growing list of enemies ready to destroy them. There are higher stakes for everyone in Bardugo's sequel and finale. You won't want this story to end but you won't be able to put it down either.


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