Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo
Published: 27.09.2016 by Henry Holt and Co.
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Rating: 5/5 stars – ★★★★★
I won’t provide a synopsis here, as this is the second book in the duology. My review will be spoiler-free.
I only hauled this book this week, as my order arrived on the 4th of November. I did really want to read this, but I didn’t think I’d pick it up so soon after buying it. I had been able to avoid spoilers of any kind, so I figured I shouldn’t push my luck and just read it now. I’m so glad I did.
I’m both happy and sad this is a duology. I’m sad because I can’t say goodbye to these characters just yet. They’re all so precious, and I want to keep reading about their adventures. Yet I’m happy too. Happy that the story didn’t get stretched out to make a third book. Happy that the characters’ actions felt truly like them. This feels like the best and realistic way to end this story.
I have an endless amount of love for these characters. I love how unapologetic they are about who they are. They accept and love each other like family, accepting everyone’s dark side. They don’t pretend in front of each other. They respect and admire the entire person, not just the good side. These friendships are real, their connections beautiful.
That’s really all I’ll say about this book. I loved it. It was the perfect, and most realistic, way to end their story. I was captivated from the first page. I adore the characters, the friendships, and the romance. I adore the portrayal of disability, of trauma and how to help others. How to accept them. I’ll just leave you with a few of my favorite quotes. Don’t worry, they won’t spoil anything for you.
“I’ve been nothing but kind to you. I’m not some sort of monster.”
“No, you’re the man who sits idly by, congratulating yourself on your decency, while the monster eats his fill. At least a monster has teeth and a spine.”
“But I am grateful every day for that disaster. I needed a cataclysm to shake me from the life I knew. You were an earthquake, a landslide.”
“I,” she said, planting a hand on her hip, “am a delicate flower.”
“Come on,” she said. “We’ll get Colm to order us something decadent. (Inej)
“That’s your answer for everything.” (Nina)
“You’re complaining?” Inej asked.
“I’m stating one of the reasons I adore you.”