Crooked Kingdom | Review
So if you haven’t heard, Crooked Kingdom is the follow up sequel to Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Both books revolve around a gang of teenagers trying to survive rivals and being double-crossed, while also pulling off a giant heist. It kinda reminds me of Ocean’s 11. Just with teenagers and more danger.
This was basically me when I finished Crooked Kingdom.
Crooked Kingdom is good, y’all. Not only does the clifhanger from Six of Crows get resolved (pretty quickly, I might add) but we learn more about each character, watch them learn, grow and start to resolve their personal conflicts. The amount of plot within plot within plot that Bardugo weaves together boggles my mind. I don’t know how she keeps up with it and strings all these pieces together for such a seamless story.
All of that part is fantastic.
What isn’t quite so fantastic is the fact that a good portion of the book moves very. very. slowly.
I felt like the book had fits of start/stop. There would be rapid page turning of fast paced action and then boring filler for chapters. I think part of this was due to the multiple POVs, but there were parts of the book that just felt a little discombobulated. Now these weren’t big parts or major parts, but it happened enough when reading to make me pause a little.
Another thing that made me pause was the constant reference to age. I honestly don’t recall really noticing the gang’s age in Six of Crows (which I just re-read before CK came out). The age factor seemed much more front and center in Crooked Kingdom, and the characters would act like emotionally driven, stereotypical whiny teenagers in one scene, while being levelheaded, emotional mature young adults in the next. It gave me a little whiplash.
I don’t want to get into any spoiler details, but there is something that happens towards the end that didn’t necessarily feel wrong, but it felt rushed. And then the actual ending. It was nice, and it was pretty, but it felt a little forced. However, I do get that this may be intentional, as the two characters I’m referring to here are working through some personal, internal things and are in the process of changing and finding themselves to some degree.
My favorite line: “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.”
My favorite visual: Jesper’s guns. I always see them so clearly.
Rating: 4 stars
Have you read Crooked Kingdom? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
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