After thoroughly enjoying Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo, I picked up Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) with a lot of anticipation. At the same time, there was a certain apprehension as there is always the question whether the author can do it again in the second book of the series. Gladly, in this second and last part of the series, Leigh Bardugo not only outshines her standards of brilliance, but those of the first book of the series. She once again offers an exciting plot that moves ahead with an amazing speed, though the pace is a bit slow in comparison to the first book. The book evokes almost every emotional response possible from the reader. Whether it is happiness or tears, anxiety or expectation, the readers feel something while reading this book. The book keeps gaining momentum with every page. The action is such that will keep you guessing until almost the very end. The plot is crackerjack, the style is captivating, and the pacing is adrenalin-laced.
While Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) was a heist thriller, the book under review is based on cons. There are cons in every corner of this book. You meet the wonderful characters of Inej, Nina, Wylan, Jaspar, Matthias and Kaj Brekker once again, and, as was the case with the first book of this series, the story in this book too belongs to all these characters. All of these characters have been given their individual voices and this is where this book scores the marks. Each of these characters has been given equal weight. The quests of these characters propel this riveting and emotionally complex thriller to a thoroughly satisfying conclusion. While writing a story from multiple points of views may clutter and confuse the plot-line, it could be a masterstroke if executed with brilliance. And, this is what we find in this book – a brilliant execution of multiple points of views. We get to know these characters closely as we peel away the layers of their lives. In other words, we get to the heart of these characters and discover the truth behind their lives, and this is what makes these characters unforgettable. Most importantly, each of these characters brings something crucial to the story-line and helps the story to move ahead.
From the very first page, the beauty of this book is evident. Unlike most of the sequels, this one radiates authenticity and not only charms like the first installment but also takes it to the next level. The author has done really well in almost every front. I think, everybody will appreciate the way the book has been executed. Sadly this entertaining and captivating series has ended with this book. I would have loved to read more about this world. At the same time, I have to admit that the author has wrapped almost everything with a satisfactory ending.
If there is one fantasy series you want to read this year, make it Six of Crows series. This series is worth of your time.