Crooked Kingdom

crooked-kingdom-goodreads-coverKaz 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.

I was so not prepared for this book, like damn son. I don’t think anyone could have prepared me for this, it was just so frickin’ good. It made me feel all of the things and for that I am both grateful and sad. Don’t put me down as disappointed though, I am anything but. You can put me down as devastated however, I mean chapter 39 was horrific and chapter 40 was both horrific and also incredibly beautiful. I am so grateful I was alone when I read that. I nearly cried, it takes a lot for me to cry btw, so that’s quite the achievement.

This world is incredible – the entire Grishaverse is but that’s to be discussed another day – I just really wanna live there, although I wouldn’t survive two days. Ketterdam is hella hardcore and I am so glad that I got to experience it, even if it was just through the pages of a book. The city feels like the den of iniquity that it claims to be and when the character walk through the streets of the Barrel there is no mistaking it for anything but the Barrel, and then when they are on the canals – which I loved btw, so true of Holland where I believe this is based off of – there is no way that you could mistake it for any other part of the city (especially due to the water but y’know we won’t mention that obviousness) but it is so clear to me as a reader which part of the city we are in due to how the canals have been described and I love that so much!

Stormhund. Let me just say that hands down I think he may be one of my most favourite characters ever. No joke. He is just so perfectly sassy and perfect and his ability to stay alive is second to none – accept maybe Kaz Brekker or Inej, but you know they’re all exceptionally talented at what they do. I just love him so much! He is just everything I need a character to be! That is all. I lied, it is not all. I really love the fact that he tied in the previous books, it really felt complete when he showed up and I didn’t even realise that there was anything missing. That’s how good Bardugo’s characters are. They are just so realistic and fleshed out and perfect. And I love them all. (especially Stormhund, but don’t tell Nina or Inej or Jesper that)

There is a beautiful quote that I really loved that came from Inej, “We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary.” This just spoke to me and I love it so much. There is so much truth in it! I find that in fantasy books there is always at least some truth. Inej is such a pure character, like no joke. She is always trying her hardest to be and do her best and then one of her friends come along and make her do something that she kinda doesn’t want to do but does it anyway because she is a good friend like that. If I had to be friends with anyone from this book it would be all of them. The main characters that is, not the asswipes that are Pekka Rollins and Jan Van Eck because like I said just now, they are asswipes and no one wants to be friends with an asswipe. No one. Not even other asswipes. Those two weren’t even friends, they were criminal associates, not that there is anything wrong with being a criminal. Well, that is unless you’re an asswipe. Then you can go to prison with all the other asswipes.

Buddy. Heists. Get me on board. I love them so much! Especially when they go deliberately ‘wrong’! Ugh! I just love them so much! I swear that in another life I am meant to be a heist master. Maybe I am Kaz Brekker but female? I really hope so – minus the dead brother part… But I will take the rest bud. Sign me the heck up buddy!

In case it wasn’t obvious, but I really loved this book! So freaking much! So much so that if I could give it infinity out of 5 then I would, but I both cant and don’t know how to make the infinity sign, so it’s a lose lose situation. Those are the worst, like no joke. So drum roll please *hits thighs to make drumming sound* it’s getting a 5/5! What a shocker! But it is incredibly well deserved and everyone who can read this should.

Thank you, Chloe


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