Crooked Kingdom

Book Review:

Book: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Year: 2016
Publisher: Orion
Pages: 536

I can’t believe that I have actually finished reading this, I ended up sat in my bed for a good couple of hours to get to the end – and it was worth it.

I didn’t think this book would top Six of Crows because that held such a high place in my heart, but after a slow and unsure start, I ended up loving it the same.

The writing was just as eloquent as expected, it is Bardugo after all – a firm favourite when it comes to perfectly written novels. She somehow manages to capture that balance between describing the scenery and maintaining a dialogue, which makes her stories flow and become so vivid in the readers mind.

The narrative in this book was much more detailed than the first, there were too many twists and turns to count. I loved that about it though, it meant that there were highs and lows all throughout the story – you were never bored, and you were constantly kept on the edge of your seat because you wanted them all to survive.

The characterisation was possibly my favourite thing about this book. Wylan and Jesper opening up to each other and really seeing each other was sweet to read. Although Kaz didn’t go through major change, him finally admitting to himself how he feels about Inej and making the first move – was something that counted towards his arc. Plus, the pair of them having suffered trauma together made it much more subtle. And of course, Nina and Matthias – my heart will always be broken.

It’s worth mentioning that they show different types of relationships, and characters. You have a gay relationship, two people who have suffered in the past and find it hard to touch and the enemies to lovers trope.

I just can not get over the fact that I am so emotionally attached to the Dregs, and cried at the ending – this has not happened to me for a while. Something about the writing just hooks you in, and the characters are so relatable that they seem to jump off the pages.

Usually I don’t like chapters from multiple POV’s but Bardugo does it so well. Seeing things from different sets of eyes, makes the story so complex – the way Jesper notices Wylan’s response or how Inej reacts to Nina, adds to the level of characterisation.

I’m so sad that it’s over now – I can’t wait to read all the Grisha novels and just delve into Bardugo’s writing.

-Personally, Emma

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