Book Review: “Six of Crows” & “Crooked Kingdom” by Leigh Bardugo

Happy (late) Sunday night! I hope wherever you may be, you had a wonderful weekend and you’re ready for whatever Monday throws at you.

Like I expected, January has been a great reading month for me; I’ve finished 4 books, 2 of which have been on my TBR for at least a year. Those two books are what I’ll be reviewing for you today: “Six of Crows” and “Crooked Kingdom” by Leigh Bardugo. The actual reviews contain NO spoilers, so if you’ve never read these books, it’s safe to proceed.

Months in the making, I have *finally* finished the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. I’m a little late to the game getting into her books, seeing as how I JUST read the Shadow and Bone trilogy last year, but I’m so glad I did, because I LOVED them. Immediately after, I picked up “Six of Crows.” That was in May of 2019. It mainly served as a coffee table book throughout 2019, and I picked it up every few months and read a few pages, but I had a really hard time getting into it. However, I was super committed to getting it out of my TBR, whether I finished or DNF-ed it. Lucky for me, I really did end up liking it!

“Six of Crows” // 5/5 stars

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

So, hi, I really liked this book, once I got past the 100 page mark. Unlike, what I feel to be, the majority, I preferred the Shadow and Bone trilogy to “Six of Crows,” because the former was full of magic. I loved the Grisha, and learning about the orders, the mythology, and I was so engrossed in this world that when I picked up SoC initially, I found myself missing the magic desperately. But, I’m glad I stuck with it, because even though it’s a different type of magic, and I became so invested in this crew and their stories that I immediately picked up book two. Each and every character is so dynamic and diverse, (something I was missing from the original S&B trilogy), and all of them felt really real, which is my favorite thing about books. 5 star read for sure.

“Crooked Kingdom” // 5/5 stars

**teeny-tiny small spoiler in blurb, you have been warned**

Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.
Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.
A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

“Crooked Kingdom” picks up right where SoC leaves off, with my precious children victorious, and yet still not victors. This book held my interest much better than the first one, and I think it’s because I was so immersed in the story and setting at this point, and I wanted them to have the world and also burn it to the ground. I needed to see this through with them. I loved CK, definitely a five star read for me, and I’m so glad I pushed through to see this duology to the end. I truly laughed out loud, I cried, and I formed new attachments to fictional characters that will always haunt me… Aren’t books so magical??

If you haven’t yet, I would highly recommend you read this duology, firstly because of the characters: I have yet to find so many well-written characters in a single book, and I love them all with all I have. Secondly, because of the high stakes plot, I promise it’s enough to keep you turning pages until the very end. And last, but not least, is that I really appreciate a good duology and I think you should, too. I hope you enjoyed my short review of the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo, if you’ve read these books, please leave me your thoughts in the comments! Happy reading.

– H