Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows
no mourners no funerals my ass
also, chapter 27 kaz brekker is the person i aspire to be
After absolutely devouring Six of Crows, I dove right in to Crooked Kingdom. It took me a little while to read both because it's enormous and I started it in the middle of exams. But once I got all my tests done, I spent an evening reading the last hundred pages and also dying.
There were a few things I knew were going to happen (that death for example) due to internet spoilers, but they didn't take away from my reading experience. I never knew *how* characters were going to get from point A to point B, and they constantly surprised me with their plans and backup plans. Like, a thing that worried me? Was actually all part of the plan. Leigh Bardugo's mind must be running in 3D to create the characters and plots that she does in this series. Every twist felt earned and where the characters ended up felt right.
Inej is probably my favorite character. She's been through so much and come out the other side. She sacrificed a lot, and to get her see her version of a happy ending meant a lot. I also appreciated Kaz's character, especially the aspects of his disability. As someone who also has mobility issues (though in my feet not my leg), I appreciated seeing a character in a high fantasy setting who shared that pain. And also to have him still be badass despite that pain.
While Inej was my favorite and I related to Kaz, I also loved Wylan, Jesper, Kuiwei, Nina, and Matthias. They all added a flavor to the book that was needed for it to succeed. I especially enjoyed Wylan's plot line and the stuff with his mother. I know Nina features in the next duology, and I'm excited to see how she's doing after everything.
Like everyone else has already said, I highly recommend these books, and I think they can be enjoyed whether or not you've read the Grisha trilogy!
A great sequel to Six of Crows. Still had some good twists (though the best ones were in the first book) and it also provided a good close to each of the characters' story arcs.