For those of you who haven't read Six of Crows I'll keep this first part spoiler free and then go into some spoilers later on. I have a review for Six of Crows* here.
First of all I think that the individual character arcs across the series are absolutely phenomenal. They're all so unique. Every character has a clear aim, has moments of doubt about it but continues on regardless. And in every arc the characters grow and overcame something that had been holding them back. Whether it was a fear, a personality flaw or prejudice. I really appreciate characters that grow - they're people then. Not just perfect mannequins.
I will forever profess my love for Leigh Bardugo's writing. Never have I read such a quotable book - like every other page I'm thinking that would look fantastic on a throw pillow or I need that on a mug. And finally we got to learn why the Dregs say 'No mourners, no funerals."
“We like to keep our expectations low.”
That was one of my favourite moments simply for how deadpan it was. No pomp or ceremony - simply we set the bar low. I think everyone that has read this series was wondering what on earth it meant.
Inej and Wylan had my favourite arcs in this instalment. Both of them had a massive obstacle to overcome, the majority of which was mental and or emotional. My heart broke for Inej reading as she lost faith in herself and her Saints - which her knives are named after, how cool! But, though she was feeling so helpless she never let it stop her. Throughout all of the emotional turmoil she kept going. Which I think is incredible and something that everyone can learn from. Wylan also had a lot to cope with - even an identity crisis. I have a lot of respect for him as a character and for Leigh in creating him. This inability to read makes his life difficult but like Inej, he refuses to allow it to control him, to limit him. In fact at times it serves as an incredible source of strength.
That's it for the none spoiler part!
I hope you enjoyed my spoiler free review.
Now we're going to be delving into spoiler territory and the first thing I have to talk about it Kaz's fear of skin on skin contact. I can't believe I didn't figure it out to being with. I really appreciate how it wasn't immediately revealed in the first book as it makes his development as a character feel more earned. We got the hard, cut-throat Dirtyhands in Six of Crows and Kaz Rietveld (his birth surname) in Crooked Kingdom. We saw his vulnerability and how much he truly cared for his friends. The ending with him and Inej stood hand in hand was my favourite moment of the book. To hold hands with her took so much of his strength and the whole 'Is my tie straight' was just precious.
Jesper and Wylan are adorable and I ship them so hard.
I sobbed for Nina as she watched Matthias die. I didn't want to believe that he was truly gone but I think the way in which he died I think was perfect for his character, I mean it was cruel and heartless but he died trying to save someone from the fate he had to endure. I think his death hurt more because he had just reconciled with Nina and then had to help her through her addiction to Jurda Parem. Then for him to die instead. I was not prepared in the slightest.
Name: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Have you read Crooked Kingdom? What did you think?
Thank-you for reading,