As Crooked Kingdom is the sequel to Six of Crows, there will be spoilers from Six of Crows in this review. There are no spoilers for Crooked Kingdom.
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
My copy came from: I purchased the hardcover from Amazon.
Review: Crooked Kingdom is jam-packed with action and adventure, has a touch of romance, and is an excellent sequel to Six of Crows. I loved it.
Crooked Kingdom takes us back to the world of Ketterdam and the characters we loved from Six of Crows. Told in the same way as Six of Crows, with POV chapters from the six main characters, Crooked Kingdom jumps right into action as Kaz and crew try to rescue Inej, who was captured at the end of Six of Crows. That’s about all the synopsis that you’ll get from me, and really, you don’t even need a synopsis. If you read and liked Six of Crows, you’ll be reading Crooked Kingdom.
No mourners, no funerals. Another way of saying good luck. But it was something more. A dark wink to the fact that there would be no expensive burials for people like them, no marble markers to remember their names, no wreaths of myrtle and rose.
The characters are the same, with more growth shown, specifically in regards to Wylan and Jesper. Inej is still her feisty self, attempting escapes from Van Eck, and trying to outwit him. Kaz is Kaz, and is one of the most interesting male leads I’ve read in quite some time. I just never know what he’s going to do next, and I love it. Nina and Matthias are working through their relationship and dealing with Nina’s jurda parem addiction after using it to help her team at the end of Six of Crows.
The characters are the highlight of this duology, and while in Six of Crows I loved Jesper, in Crooked Kingdom I leaned more towards Inej, and she’s got several scenes and lines that were beautiful. But I enjoy all of the six main characters. There is no one whose chapters I want to skip over. This is just a great group of characters, of friends, and I just want to keep reading about them!
There seemed to be more flashback scenes in this book, I don’t recall so many flashbacks in Six of Crows. The flashbacks were fine, and added to the overall story, but they sometimes felt out of place. Also sometimes the fact that it was a flashback was unclear, and this could’ve been tightened up a bit.
I would 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.
While the book was really good, there were a few scenes that seemed a bit manipulative, mainly with the characters of Wylan and Matthias. This did not lessen my enjoyment of the book, but I did feel a bit manipulated in a few spots.
Oh, and it did seem to have a major spoiler about the Grisha Trilogy. So much so that now I’m wondering if I should even read that series.
All in all, it was a great finish to the Six of Crows duology, but I really wish that there were a third book coming. I’m not ready to say goodbye to these characters and their world!
Bottom Line: Loved this! An excellent sequel that left me wanting more books set in this environment with these characters.
Read my review of Six of Crows here!
Have you read Crooked Kingdom? Do you dream of wandering the streets and canals of Ketterdam? Who is your favorite character?