Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom Duology by Leigh Bardugo- A Review

I’m baaaaack! *waves energetically*

Welcome to The Fiction Lane! As much fun as I had with Someone Else’s Genius, there is a sense of peace having moved on. I have found my voice which, after all, was the goal all along.

Kicking it off with a bang, this will be my first time reviewing two books in one. I came in fashionably late to the Leigh Bardugo party, but damn I’m glad to be here! Bear with me – this is going to be an interesting experiment.

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Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy, YA Fiction

Summary: A convict a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

A group of skid row survivors band together to save their world from a terrible threat. People say it’s impossible, especially for a ragtag bunch of kids. Will they pull off the heist of a lifetime?

Released: July 2015 / Read: September/October 2016

About the Author: Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. (taken from the back flap)

First Impression: Everyone is raving about this book! Please don’t let me down.

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FAQ: Do you need to read the Grisha trilogy before reading Six of Crows?

Answer: No. Although they are set in the same world on the same timeline, there are no spoilers in the first book… as far I know. I have conferred with fellow book lovers who have read the trilogy and Six of Crows and they confirmed, but you know how it is. Once you have read the book, you don’t necessarily notice spoilers.

There you have it. Now on with the show!

Meet Kaz Brekker, aka Dirtyhands, the bastard of the Barrel. He’s a self-starter, an industrialist, an entrepreneur – and he’s also a thief. Enticed by the challenge of an impossible task and an even bigger reward by a rich mercher named Van Eck, Kaz assembles a team of criminals from the slums of Ketterdam he calls home. Each with particular strengths, they will attempt to break in to the Ice Court, a veritable fortress in the middle of a frozen tundra.

Nothing is as it seems in this thrilling supernatural crime novel.  Will they attain the unattainable?

Oh my god guys. This book! The plot starts moving along at an impressive rate, all while you’re getting in-depth with the characters. It gets to a point where you think you have it all figured out and you can settle in for the ride.

Nope. Everything about the story is richly developed – the characters, the world, the plot. But don’t be surprised if, at the end, you find yourself feeling like a mark in the long game.

And the end – cliffhanger! You will want to have Crooked Kingdom on hand when you finish Six of Crows. Trust me, waiting is the last thing you want to do.

Final Thoughts: Leigh Bardugo is a fucking genius! The storytelling, the sleight of hand, the characters … swoon!

Star Rating:

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Title: Crooked Kingdom

Summary: With the end of Six of Crows comes the end of the heist, but now they face an even greater threat right at home. The odds are stacked against them and it seems the game is fixed. Will they survive?

Released: September 2016 / Read: October 2016

First Impression: Must. Have. Book. Now!

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Before you go any further, remember a few paragraphs back when I mentioned the Grisha triology? It is still true Six of Crows has no spoilers. However the same cannot be said for Crooked Kingdom. There are MAJOR PLOT SPOILERS for the Grisha trilogy. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

It didn’t occur to me until now how hard it would be to write this joint review. Obviously I want to keep this spoiler-free, but as a sequel, the plot is directly related to the ending of Six of Crows. Which will not be mentioned. I promise.

Things have gone terribly wrong in Ketterdam. Their big score has turned into a major problem. And while it starts out manageable, it compounds on itself several times over. Kaz had a plan for the heist, but this time he may be in over his head despite home field advantage.

When your world becomes rife with enemies, it’s good to know who your friends are … right?

You will get an even more intimate introduction to the characters. For the record, Kaz is an idiot. Technically he’s a master criminal whose big brain has a penchant for thinking way outside the box, but he’s still an idiot. If you don’t agree with my assessment at some point while reading this, feel free to come back and tell me I’m wrong. You can even come back to tell me I was right. We’ll make it a discussion.

Oh. And just because you get all the feels (and this duology is filled with feels) doesn’t mean I’m wrong about his idiocy. I can feel bad for the guy and still realize he’s making mistakes.

And the shipping! The character’s relationships grow right before your eyes. You witness something special while you’re reading. Life changing, actually. That’s part of Bardugo’s brilliance! You don’t even realize it’s happening until it happens, at which point all you can do is sit back and say “whoa”.

Final Thoughts: Talk about a book hangover … or duology hangover. That’s what happens when you read them back to back! Wish there were more books, but I respect the ending. I could crawl inside this world and live forever, as long as I have my Crows.

Star Rating:

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Disclaimer: I have not been compensated in any way for this review and all opinions contained herein are my own and in no way reflect the ideas or opinions of people or sites I may reference.  This is intended for entertainment purposes only.

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