Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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My first review of the year, and it’s for a real stunner.

About the book:

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn – and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld.

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Review by Katy Haye:

She did it again. I loved Six of Crows and wanted to go on holiday to Ketterdam. I still do, even though I know I’m such a mark I’d be robbed, beaten and left for dead in the space of about five minutes.

I love everything that cascades from the imagination of Leigh Bardugo. I fell in love with Six of Crows and adored the Grisha trilogy, so Crooked Kingdom had pretty high expectations. And I loved, loved, loved it.

The relationships are gorgeous, beautifully depicted through action rather than exposition, and with as much revealed by what isn’t said as what is. I’ve heard that other people find the different POVs difficult (each chapter is told by a different member of the gang), but the writing makes the viewpoint crystal clear and I love getting to know all their stories.

And the plot was every bit as maniacally convoluted as in Six of Crows. I didn’t try to predict it, just plodded along in Kaz’s wake and enjoyed all the twists and turns.

Highly recommended (but read Six of Crows first; it’ll make more sense and be more satisfying). If you haven’t read anything by Leigh Bardugo, you really should make her your first discovery of 2017.

Katy Haye writes fast-paced fantasy for YA readers. Her new release, Discord, is now available.

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