Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
SYNOPSIS: The sequel to Six of Crows and the final book in this duology follows Kaz and his crew after the disastrous ending of their heist in Six of Crows as they grapple with the demons of their pasts and fight for their futures.
This was a stunning conclusion to a duology that I really wish we had gotten more off! While I’m so sad the series is now over (my fingers are crossed for a spin off!!), I found that the conclusion was very satisfactory. It was a rollercoaster of emotion – I laughed, I cried, I never wanted it to end. But the way it did end made sense to me and was just solid enough that there were no lose ends but still allowed me to imagine what the characters were up to!
Ironically just before I read this book I was talking to a friend and said that if I had to pick any character to die it would be Mattias, because he was my least favourite character at the time (even though I still liked him). And then I read Crooked Kingdom and actually got attached to him and then he died! And I’m really upset about it! Still not as sad as if Inej, Kaz, Jesper or Wylan had died but I’m still upset! Poor Nina! They were all supposed to survive! I am very happy with how Inej and Kaz’s relationship progressed – I thought that in was logical and in character but still sweet, specially when he buys her contract, the boat and brings her family back! Kaz Brekker is officially one of my favourite male characters of all time! He’s so tormented, so angsty and still he doesn’t fall into the trope that Edward Cullins made so popular. Inej knows that’s he dangerous and that he’s a bad person, and while she still believes that he can change she doesn’t try to force him to do it. But my favourite relationship had to be Jesper and Wylan’s, I especially loved (to hate) the part when Jesper kissed Kuwui instead of Wylan by accident! I also adore the setting of this book, Ketterdam is a weird mix of fantasy and history, and also satisfies my slight craving for piratey, mob goodness. I found the brutality and unchecked harshness of it very appealing, because it proved that YA fantasy isn’t all rainbows and unicorns while not going overboard. This book is just as confusing and full of twists as the first book, every time I thought I had anything figured out, Leigh Bardugo turned me on my head once again. I could never guess what was going to happen! Overall it was a magnificent book, I belief that I do prefer Six of Crows to Crooked Kingdom but this duology will remain one of my absolute favourites for hopefully the rest of my life!