Today I have a book review for you. The book that survived my reading slump. Now if you’re an avid reader you are likely to be familiar with this horrible state where you don’t want to read at all. I either read all the time or nothing at all, there is not really an in between fo me. Anyway I started reading Crooked Kingdom and it took me the longest time to read but I finished it! Woo! I will leave some of my favourite quotes dotted around for you.
“She smiled then, her cheeks red, her cheeks scattered with some kind of dust. It was a smile he thought he might die to earn again.”
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo is the second and I believe, final installment of the Six of Crow series (I’ve written a review to Six of Crows – check it out here). The book is based in an Amsterdam inspired city of Ketterdam. The book is very oceans eleven meets fantasy and it is a high stakes adventure/journey. After carrying out a successful heist and obtaining a very valuable prison, Kaz and his team are eager for the reward, but betrayal and dishonesty are inevitable on the streets of Ketterdam. They never get their rightful reward and Inej is taken hostage by the menacing, Kerch council member. Now Kaz and his team have to get together to save Inej and take what is theirs.
I really enjoyed this book despite it taking me so long to read. What I loved about the book is this whole world building. How Bardugo has taken Amsterdam and created another world with it. It still remains very much like our world in terms of war, corruption and city dirt but with elements of fantasy, mainly being the grisha.
“What about the nobodies and the nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary.
That was how you survived when you weren’t chosen, when there was no royal blood in your veins. When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.”
The book is has several adventures, the crew that is made of group of misfits are all coming together again to save one of their own. It is spectacular high stake adventure where they can lose anything/anyone and gain what they were promised.
I will you give you a little spoiler that there is a death. It so unexpected and heartbreaking, I had a good old cry because that’s what books do to me. They were ALL supposed to make it out alive, and its such a tear-jerker because of that one crew member that was lost.
“When fear arrives, something is about to happen.”
One thing that I was disappointed with was the first quarter of the book. I found it to be quite slow, but the fast paced action and adventure in the rest of the book made up for it.
I gave this book 4/5 stars on goodreads and would totally recommend it if you’re into YA fantasy.
That is all for today, see you soon. Let me know if you’ve read it or anything similar.