Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)

Write on: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 by  in Archive Read 4677

Bittersweet. That’s what it was. I’m actually moping to see the journey that started in Six of Crows end in Crooked Kingdom. Leigh Bardugo’s meticulously crafted world and her characters have weaseled their way into my heart, and I feel it extremely hard to let go.


The devious, smart and sassy gang of criminals makes a thrilling comeback in the sequel. And the plot has been woven into an even thicker mesh with a lot of topsy turvy moments.


**Mild Spoilers**


Six of Crows left us at a cliffhanger when Inej Ghafa is taken hostage by Jan Van Eck. And so, the rest of the gang has hatched another elaborate scheme to get one of their own back – all the while trying to get rich in the process. Because we must not ever forget money.


“The clock is ticking. We can rest when we’re rich. Agreed?”


Their spectacularly laid plans, however, meet so many spectacular obstacles that they are left with flimsy pieces of their original plan. Fjerdans are after them, the Shu are after them, Van Eck is after them – hell, all of Ketterdam and its scourge-like street gangs are after them.


“Has anyone noticed that this whole city is looking for us, mad at us, or wants to kill us?”

“So?” said Kaz

“Well, usually it’s just half the city.”


But, then again, it’s Kaz Brekker that we’re talking about. He’s the one you can count on to wheedle his way out of any outrageous, improbable and underhanded situation. His brain works on a completely different frequency than any normal individual. Where people give up, Kaz Brekker begins his deviousness.


“You’ve got the devil’s own blood in you, boy.”


Needless to say, he is still the infuriating, conniving, sly prat that we all know and love.


“Everything is a negotiation with you, Brekker. You probably bartered your way out of the womb.”


Furthermore, it was a bit amusing to see him reason the feelings he has for Inej. Ooooo and at that particular part I went like ‘Yes! Finally! Something!!’ (You can imagine what that particular part is *winks*)


Nina and Matthias.


What can I say. They were adorable. Even there is a dark cloud hanging over Nina’s head after the events of the previous book, she and Matthias make it. They stick together, all the while not sticking together – because denial/restrain, thy name is Matthias.


"Let me get this straight." Nina said. "You haven't kissed me because the setting isn't suitably romantic?" 

"This isn't about romance. A proper kiss, a proper courtship. There's a way these things should be done."

"For proper thieves?"


I was all smiles at their interactions. Oooh and,


"You're better than waffles, Mattias Helvar."

A small smile curled the Fjerdan's lips. "Let's not say things we don't mean, my love."



Then there’s Jesper and Wylan. I couldn’t get over them either.


“Always hit where the mark isn’t looking,” Wylan had murmured.

“Sweet Ghezen,” said Jesper. “You’ve been thoroughly corrupted.”


You’ll see that everyone has improved in a way. They are more cautious, more mature and are aware of everything. In short, their sense of responsibility has increased. You’ll know what I mean when you read this. Because now it isn’t just about what one owes the other only – but an actual feeling of wanting to save and sacrifice.


On a more serious note, the pages are inked with words that will make you bite your nails in suspense, giddy anticipation and a sense of awe at the sheer smartness of this fraudulent crew. 


“Deception upon deception.”


There is not just one plan – but numerous overlapping plans which are entrenched in a thick layer of deceit, trickery, bluffs and ‘wowza’ moments.


“He hoped Kaz was ready. He hoped Nina was stronger than she seemed. He hoped plans they’d laid were enough, that Jesper’s aim was true, that Wylan’s calculations were correct. Trouble was coming for them all.

Matthias reached for his rifle.”


The whole plot throws you for a loop. You’ll be like ‘What? How are they going to get out of this one?’ and ‘Damn! That’s gonna be tough’. But they pull through. And not before losing some things important.


"I've taken knives, bullets, and too many punches to count, all for a little piece of this town," said Kaz. "This is the city I bled for. And if Ketterdam has taught me anything, it's that you can always bleed a little more."

And then Leigh Bardugo dropped a BIG bomb. 





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