Review of Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

crookedkingdom Crooked Kingdom
By: Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: September 27th 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

My Rating:

Kaz Brekker and his crew 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 left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, 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 magic in the Grisha world.

My Thoughts:
This book was beyond fantastic. I am unable to really articulate how much I loved this book. It is no surprise to anyone that follows me on Instagram or Twitter but I am such a fan of Bardugo’s writing. I have loved each of her books and think that Crooked Kingdom might be my absolute favorite.

Bardugo takes her readers much deeper into each character’s backstory in CK. We get so much more development and understanding about each of their pasts. I found these bits so incredibly emotionally moving. I don’t cry often in books but this one had me in tears several times. I have such a deep love for each character I am still not over how heartbreaking it was to see this series end.

Though I love each, Kaz has got to be my very favorite. There’s just something about him that pulls me in- I love how even with how tragic his past was he still has the capacity for kindness (in his own twisted way). I love a character that straddles good and evil and Kaz did this. I never knew exactly what he’s capable of which always keeps me guessing.

Once again the city of Ketterdam was a living and breathing place. Bardugo was capable of putting so much detail into her descriptions I felt like I was there (not always a good thing!) Her descriptions of each character’s relationship to the city helped to color the setting and give it life. Since the stakes are so incredibly high the pacing was fast and I flew through the pages. I tried to savor this read but I found myself progressing far too quickly. I wanted it to never end.

The novel had an amazing finish and most of the character’s story lines had closure. There was however a character that didn’t get a full ending so I’m hoping that well see more in the future. I can’t accept that Bardugo is done with Ketterdam and its citizens.

One question I’ve been asked several times- do you need to read the Grisha series before Six of Crows? Well, I think you completely could but you will miss some of the backstory of the world and some characters do cross over. I feel that every reader should dive into both series and I personally prefer to read in publishing order though technically you could read SoC prior to the Grisha books.


Final Thoughts:
Crooked Kingdom was an impeccable finish to Six of Crows. I can’t really complain about any aspect (even my tears) and I only hope that Bardugo weaves a couple of The Dregs into her future stories.

Now tell me- how do I live without more Kaz stories? The only thing I’ve found to fill the void left by this series ending was to purchase SoC/CK merchandise. I thought I’d share some of my favorite things…

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Crooked Kingdom Tote by Evie Seo
No Mourners No Funerals Candle by Lumiere Candle Shop
No Mourner No Funerals Art Print by Her Bookish Things


  1. says

    I am reading Crooked Kingdom right now and I don’the want it end!! I read Six of Crows first and then read the entire Grisha trilogy and have LOVED them all! I loved them all, just as much as you did 🙂

    • says

      It is such a great book! I wanted so much to savor it and make it last but it was too good and I couldn’t put it down. And yessss Bardugo is the best….all her books <3

  2. says

    I re-read Six of Crows twice in preparation for Crooked Kingdom and I’ve already re-read Crooked Kingdom once too! Also I re-read The Grisha trilogy because I SO NEED MORE FROM THIS WORLD AND THESE CHARACTERS!!
    Damn it, at the very least I need an EPILOGUE!!! *cries*

  3. says

    I really enjoyed this one too! Possibly slightly more than Six of Crows just because I liked seeing how everything came together. I have to admit it’s been a bit dangerous seeing all of your SoC pics on Instagram because I am tempted by all of the merch.

  4. says

    I loved, loved, loved CROOKED KINGDOM. I savored it as much as I could, but really, I basically just devoured the entire thing. It was seriously just an incredible way to finish off this story!

  5. says

    I am SO glad you loved this book so much 😀 YAY! Gorgeous review Kristen. <3 Sigh. Leigh is all kinds of awesome. I haven't had the chance to read this yet, because of health issues 🙁 But SOOOOON. I hope. I'm so excited. Yet nervous. Ugh. But really hoping and wanting to love it 😀 Thank you for sharing your thoughts about it. <3

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