Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets–a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.
I didn’t know what to expect going into Crooked Kingdom because of the unpredictable nature of the world it takes place in. I was completely blown away by how the story evolved and came together. The world of Ketterdam is given to us so vividly through the characters’ experience of it that it’s hard not to fully enter it.
The characters themselves are so beautifully developed. Throughout the entire story, I found myself thinking and feeling just as they were. (Except maybe Kaz. No one knows what Kaz is thinking.) It’s been so wonderful getting to know more about their stories and where they came from. I think the characters are what I’ll miss most now that the Duology is complete.
While there’s so much more I would love to know about this world and these characters, I am glad the Duology ended the way it did. The characters all received a good deal of closure, though some received more than others. The story ends with a short of finality that still allows the characters to go on in our imaginations and hearts.
Overall, I rate Crooked Kingdom 5 out of 5 bookworms.
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