Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Spoiler free initial thoughts..
1. Holy blazers this is the most in depth clever plot I’ve ever read.
2. Bless you, Leigh, bless you.
3. If you haven’t read Grisha.. i highly recommend it.. because it will make this book that much more awesome. Not only is Grisha one of my ALL TIME favorite trilogies, but I absolutely adored this and the two series weave together SO well. Why? (view spoiler)[ Because there are returning characters that ROCK THIS WORLD. Sturmhond STURMHOND AHHH, Genya, Zoya… Tamar… LIKE I’M STILL FREAKING OUT OVER THIS!! Oh my gosh and the references… wowza. (hide spoiler)]
I feel like I’m still coming off the high of this book. Honestly, I loved the first but this was LEAGUES better. I have no idea how Leigh plotted a story this in depth. I’m not even sure I fully comprehended all that happened because SO MUCH happens.
The plot was incredibly rich and fast paced. Such a wild ride. I was racing through because I was so worried about all my beloved characters.
In the first book, I definitely had some feels for everyone but this took it to a new level. SO MUCH MORE is revealed about each of their pasts making them so much more complex this time around. As if they weren’t before.
“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”
KAZ YOU BLOODY MESS I LOVE YOU.
Inej my darling.. I have no words for your perfection.
Wylan? I LOVE YOUR FACE. Also, Wylan and Alina Starkov would be BFFS… just saying.
Jesper… bro I did not expect those levels of depth.
Nina needs to move in with me because I need a bff like her. Also (view spoiler)[GIRL WUT IS THIS NEW POWER I NEED MORE?? (hide spoiler)]
Matthias, you really grew on me. I can’t. I can’t.
And I just need to dedicate an entire section of this review to my ALL TIME FAVORITE CHARACTER ON THIS EARTH……..
I literally shrieked… because his intro was THE BEST and I’m still over here like freaking out because THAT REALLY JUST HAPPENED. And no, it is NOT just a small little appearance. HOOOLY MOTHER HOLY MOTHER.
AND GENYA AND ZOYA AND TAMAR LWKEJGS:LDKFJS:LDKFJS:DLKFJS:LDFKJDS:LFJK.
Please guys, you are seriously missing out on so much if you haven’t read the original trilogy. No you don’t technically have to, but holy wow you are missing out.
Fan-freaking-tastic. I don’t even know how else to describe it. I recommend savoring this instead of rushing through it like I did (out of worry for my darlings)- just absorb and enjoy. YES it is hella stressful but so cleverly done. Completely hysterical at times, even. I’ll admit the pacing is a little nuts – but again, SO much happens.. just take it slow.
I was originally assuming the entirety of this book would be on getting Inej back, but boy oh boy was I wrong. This book picks up right after the first one ends. We dive right back in to where the characters left off – Kaz is in scheming mode and mad hysteria over Inez, of course. Nina is still suffering from Jurda Parem… and everyone is trying to figure out how to keep them calm and figure out a rational plan. To no surprise, so many things go wrong, and there are SO many surprises. Twists and turns around every bend. The situation with Kuwei and Jurda Parem obviously is threatening the entire grisha civilization, therefore all the countries have gotten involved. That means new enemies… and new allies. So be excited.
Not to mention, this has all the grishaverse vibes… pirates/mobs/gangs/badassery/magic/
Legit. There are things that I’m really sad about, and I did want a *little more* for a few people but I really can’t complain. Leigh did not let anyone go to waste.
Honestly I don’t even know what to say. I don’t want to tell the Grishaverse goodbye. I’m PRAYING for a Nikolai book/series.
I just can’t kiss this world goodbye yet. Please, Queen Leigh, don’t let it end here!!!
If you haven’t yet, I made a playlist for 6oC and I’ve updated it a bit since for the Crooked Kingdom release!! You can check it out here. OR here for the spotify URL! Not only that, but I’m working on creating more 60C/Crooked Kingdom fan art for my etsy- so keep an eye out!
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