02 September, 2017

#BookReview :: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off the most daring heist imaginable.
But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're fighting for their lives. 
Double-crossed and badly weakened, they're low on resources, allies and hope.
While a war rages on the city's streets, the team's fragile loyalties are stretched to breaking point. 
Kaz and his crew will have to make sure they're on the winning side... no matter what the cost.

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Kaz Brekker and his ragtag group is back in action. After pulling of an impossible feat, Kaz Brekker was expecting payment as promised. But the merchant had other plans. Book 1, Six of Crows, ends with a huge surprise and book 2 picks up things shortly after.

Kaz Brekker had hoped quite a few things to happen once he received his payment. But what he did not expect was to live out his days as a criminal who is hunted everywhere. On top of that he is worried about Inej. Then there is Nina, who has been fighting the after effects of zurda parem and Mattias is not making things easy for her. With a whole new war on their hands, will Kazz Brekker be able to come out on top or has he bitten off more than he can chew?

This book was amazing. I loved how the author has taken the plot a level higher from the first installment. If the first one was interesting then, this one was mesmerizing. As a reader, we have a basic idea of what to expect – the good guys (Kaz Brekker & his team in this case) win. But how does it happen? What ploys are in motion? Who will play what role? Will they get Inej back? Will they all survive? What tricks that Kaz have up his sleeve? And will there be a closure Kaz and Pekka Rollin’s relationship? The book deals with all these questions and more. The characters seem to grow over the series. We learn a bit more about each of them.

Good plot and great characters were amplified by prodigious storytelling. It takes a few pages for the action to begin, but once it does, there is no turning back. It was easy to get into the story and the pages practically turned themselves. We get all our questions answered in the end. There were a few surprises along the way and I can say that I am completely satisfied with the way the book took turns even though in certain cases I was expecting something very different.

This duology was fantastic. If you are a Young Adult Fantasy lover, you must read this. NOW.

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