Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom
Title: Crooked Kingdom
Leigh Bardugo
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Rating: 5 Stars

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

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.


I…… don’t even know how I’m going to do this review. This is just one of those books, ya know? As soon as I started reading Six of Crows – review HERE – I knew that I was about to dive into something special (I was right), something that would grab me and shake me like Harry Potter or Twilight or any of the other super popular series that seep into you and make you obsessed with a fictional world for more than a little while (I was right).

The single thought that ran through my mind as I read through the twists and turns was that Leigh Bardugo was a GENIUS. Every single scheme was so intricate and so well thought out. Some of the ideas were completely off the wall and I have no idea how Bardugo’s brain was able to weave so many different cons with so many different moving pieces together in such a seamless way. I can’t even begin to imagine writing a plot so entirely dependent on the tiniest of details and explosive chain reactions. She’s a queen.

My single solitary complaint is that I wanted a little bit more from a few of the characters at the end of the story. Some of the gang had more time to shine than others at the end, and one in particular was kinda shoved to the side. But other than that, this was a masterpiece. A bold statement coming from someone who’s only read 2/7 books in the Grishaverse world, but I think it’s earned its place among fantasy giants like the Wizarding world.

I can’t wait to read the Grishaverse trilogy and, more important, King Nikolai’s spin-off. He made a very brief appearance in Crooked Kingdom and I already know that I love him.

5 Stars


4 thoughts on “Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

  1. Blogger Books says:

    Great review and you are absolutely right: Leigh Bardugo is a genius! I read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom in the summer and then this January all her other books and if you’re rooting for Nikolai (isn’t everyone) then you’ll be very very pleased when you read the Geisha trilogy! Happy reading🤩

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