Review: Crooked Kingdom
Welcome to the world of the Grisha.
Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts 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.
She rested her head on his shoulder. "You're better than waffles, Matthias Helvar."
A small smile curled the Fjerdan's lips. "Let's not say things we don't mean, my love."
Oh, Matthias. My heart is broken. He was the purest character - just so genuinely good. After finishing Six of Crows, I immediately (and may I add, aggressively) dived into this book because a girl has gotta know what happens to her favorite gang of criminals.
Crooked Kingdom is smart and calculating. Leigh Bardugo is a phenomenal writer and storyteller, creating this incredible world/universe where you feel like you're actually there witnessing all of these events before your very eyes. It's so easy to get lost in it and I found myself losing track of time as I was reading it, wondering how it had gone from morning to near dinnertime in what seemed like a matter of an hour.
Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Jesper and Wylan. I felt like I knew these characters inside and out and was rooting for them with every scheme, every battle and every step they took. Nina and Matthias were just so good. My heart hurts for Nina but I'm glad to know she's living her life in King of Scars and I can't wait to read that after I'm done with the original Grishaverse trilogy. Before discovering Inej and Kaz, I didn't think it was possible to physically feel the tension between literary characters, especially in their individual chapters (*swoon*), but holy Djel, that was intense. Wylan had the most character development of all of them and it was so nice to see him take charge and ownership of his life. Kaz Brekker is the definition of anti-hero and he may just be the best anti-hero I've ever had the pleasure of reading about.
The entire thing was genius. By the end of their mission, I was literally brimming with glee and delight. Well, until that one thing happened (you know the one) but let's not talk about that.
What a crazy ride and conclusion to this duology.