Crooked Kingdom

22299763by Leigh Bardugo
YA Fantasy
5 of 5 stars

The rare case of the sequel being even better than the original! For once I can truly say that the end to a series is perfect yet all I want is more!

Kaz and the Dregs escaped the Ice Court and returned to Ketterdam for their life-changing reward, only to be double-crossed. Now they’re seeking revenge and their money, but Kaz finds himself one step behind at every turn.

Everything I loved about the first book was taken to new heights in this one! Break-neck pacing, emotional character arcs (all the ships!), banter, schemes, dark magic, and waffles. As Kaz leads them to the brink of destruction in pursuit of revenge, the rest of the gang begins to fracture, more interested in personal gains.

The dynamic of the Dregs changes so much, and it’s fascinating to see all of their bonds with each other evolve. Just like the first book, you root for all of them, and you can’t play favorites! The best part of sequels is that you already know the characters and they know each other and that is definitely at play here.

So many good lines, so many close calls–this was enjoyable and stressful to read! New characters come on the scene and old ones make an appearance. Several scenes had me holding my breath, and others had me tearing up. The imagery and dialogue here are masterful. We get to explore Ketterdam and the Barrel in-depth, and just when you think you’ve seen the darkest corners, a new secret comes to light. You really feel like you’re in this grungy world of criminals–it’s so atmospheric! (Can you tell it’s hard to say more without spoilers?!)

The most tantalizing part is that there’s definitely room for more stories to be told in the Grishaverse, and if Bardugo ever revisits this world I will be all in!

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