‘Crooked Kingdom’ by Leigh Bardugo. Where do I begin?
Kaz managed the impossible with their last job but upon returning home, Inej was taken. Now the stakes are higher than ever for Kaz. He has to rescue Inej, get Kuwei out of Ketterdam without anyone knowing and still get that thirty million kruge they were originally promised. There’s a lot of room for error and the whole city is out for Kaz and his crew.
Kaz is monstrously awe inspiring. His mind never stops; he seemed to be running 10 plans all at the same time which had me turning the pages faster than ever before. I like the new direction his character went in. He cares for his crew and this led him to try with Inej. That bathroom scene did me in. The tension, the feelings, the memories it brought to them both; it was raw. They needed that honesty between them.
Inej, Kaz, Jesper, Wylan and Kuwei all got what they wanted by the end and this makes Nina and Matthias’ situation so much harder for me to deal with. I legit cried with Matthias, I genuinely didn’t see that coming and I’m heartbroken for Nina. He was her strength through her battle with the effects of parem and now that she’s fully come out on the other side it seems incredibly harsh that he’s gone. I have hope though, surely he can’t be gone completely, he did dream after all.
‘Crooked Kingdom’, like ‘Six of Crows’ reminded me of Ocean’s Eleven. The plan upon con upon plan etc etc was mind boggling. Like Wylan, I found myself amazed at Kaz’s ability to put things in motion that wouldn’t pay out until much later down the line, after many other cons. His mind is unparalleled and even though he’s finally Ketterdam’s Boss, I can’t help but think he will bore very quickly now that there are no grand schemes to be had and with Rollins on the run.
What happened to the Kherguud? Jesper was the last to have contact with one but that’s a very big question to leave unanswered UNLESS there will be another book. Perhaps it will not be a Kaz Brekker story but I have hope there will be another Grisha story to clean up that mess. Maybe it will be in ‘The Language of Thorns’.
I really fucking loved this book. I was slow with it at the beginning because I knew it was the last book so I didn’t want it to end quickly but after a third of the way through, I couldn’t hold myself back. This book stole me. It was incredible. The shear level of planning Bardugo must have gone through to be able to write this must have given her a fair few migraines! I applaud Bardugo, she is magic.
“I would have 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.”
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