“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 blalzing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”
Kaz. Inej. Jesper. Wylan. Nina. My dearest MATTHIAS! 😭😫 I finally read the last installment of the Six of Crows duology, and….*clutches chest* MY HEART!
Leigh Bardugo has created something breathtakingly SPECTACULAR….timeless. The Six of Crows Duology is up there with my all time favorites *GASPS* Yes. I said it. It’s sitting pretty next to HP among my favorite books of all time! I have an HP tattoo on my left forearm…and I may just be getting a Dregs tat on the other 😏 (don’t quote me on that tho lol). If you haven’t read my review for Six of Crows go check it out 🙂
BTW SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS.
Kaz 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 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.
Things I loved about it:
Setting: I said this for Six of Crows, but Bardugo has a way of setting the stage. Ketterdam, and the Grisha Universe in general, is immersive and intricately detailed. The setting is something I pay close attention to in every story. If it’s not believable to me…I won’t believe the story (DNF). Everything about the Grisha Universe is real! From the surrounding countries, vibrant cultures, and languages spoken. I also enjoyed the way different stories intertwine (Spoiler alert! If you haven’t read the Shadow and Bone trilogy–CK ruins it! 😂).
Plot: Every chapter spurs the story forward. There is absolutely no lagging, the suspense is EVERYTHING. I haven’t been this engaged with a book for a long time!
Characters: The fantastic six (as I like to call them😍) totally make the story. I’m especially OBSESSED with the relatioships throughout this book.
Wylan and Jesper are annoyingly adorable, and Jesper’s confident and uninhibited demeanor paired with Wylan’s shy awkwardness makes their special moments highly anticipated and overwhelming!
Kaz and Inej 😭. I have such a soft spot for Kaz and how his previous trauma is a barrier to his acknowledgement of romantic feelings for Inej. However, in this book he tries… and by the end HE BUYS HER A BOAT. A FREAKING BOAT! And guess who’s on the boat? HER PARENTS (she lost contact with them for years after being sold into slavery).
Nina and Matthias. These two😍. Let me just say that Nina captured my heart from SOC because she is so bad ass! She does what she wants, has the confidence to fuel a nation, with hips to match. Matthias on the other hand, is reserved, indoctrinated, and righteous. Watching their relationship mature, especially as Matthias’ beliefs about Grisha are challenged, is exhilarating. His character development is on point. After learning about the truth of his Fjerden brethren and their massacre of Grisha, he stands firmly at Nina’s side and vows to follow and protect her til’ death. His rough edges inevitably soften as he sees the world with new eyes. Matthias grew on me……
THAT’S WHAT MADE HIS DEATH SO UTTERLY PAINFUL 😭
I….j—-no words. RIP MATTHIAS. MAY THE WOLVES LEAD YOU TO DJEL IN THE AFTERLIFE 😭
Twists and turns: Nothing about this book is predictable (at least to me). There are moments where I feel things will get predictable, and then BAM. PLOT TWIST. Lately I’ve been reading a lot of books where I can guess what’s about to happen next and I’m left unpleasantly Unsurprised. Crooked Kingdom is the opposite. I love this book. I LOVE THIS BOOK!
There is nothing I don’t love about this book. Seriously. Except for the fact that it’s the last in the series *side eyes Leigh Bardugo*
Overall Rating: Five bright shining stars! If you haven’t read it yet…*faints*