Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Orion Children’s Book

Lenght: 462 pages

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Score: ★★★★★

Absolutely magnificent. I actually picked this one up at a local bookstore because of the gorgeous cover and the fact I remembered my beloved comic artist Kevin Wada once did some character art for the series (check him out, he’s incredible) and I was intrigued. And once I started reading, I couldn’t put the book down.

The worldbuilding is rich without overwhelming the reader, the magic is fascinating and the characters are complex and fun. I loved that the main team are (with some exceptions) a bunch of hardened career criminals, but also (with some exceptions) fun-loving teasing teenagers. Every member of the main team has a history, likes and dislikes, strenghts and weaknesses. While Kaz Brekker is the main character, all of them get equal screen-time (with one exception that makes perfect sense by the end of the book).

There is a wonderful simplicity to the plot itself- get the best team, infiltrate prison, get paid. And while the plot is simple, the way it builds in on itself is so beautifully complex. I loved every word of it. The information is given to us in small amounts in non-linear narrative, slowly unveiling the mystery, which works very well for this world.

Title: Crooked Kingdom

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Orion Children’s Books

Lenght: 536 pages

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Score: ★★★★★

A Sequel to Six of Crows is somehow even more magnificent. A Sequel to Six of Crows is somehow even more magnificent.
The actions picks up right where the first book left of and raises the stakes. Crows are in hiding, betrayed and down two members. They have to fight for their lives, while getting revenge and what they truly deserve. The book goes deeper into the lore and history of the universe; we even get visits from some characters from Bardugo’s other works.
The characters get more development and so do their relationships. This book thrives on the connections between the team, be it platonic or romantic. Their friendships are wonderful and the romances heartfelt. All three couples got to shine and I loved how diverse they were, with their needs and the way they show affection.
This series is very clever in it’s plotting (I can’t even begin to imagine the prep process that must have happened before writing) and the way it makes you feel terrified for the characters and the plot twists. More than once did I shout “OH SHIT” out loud while reading it. There were several truly heartbreaking moments (bring some tissues) but also moments of joy
Crooked Kingdom is the kind of sequel that improves on the original in every possible way and I can’t wait to read more of Bardugo’s writing


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