Bullet Book Review | Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

Title: Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Rating: ★★★★☆

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Release Dates: September 29, 2015 & September 27, 2016

“No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.”


Another bullet point review of a reread that I’ve forgotten all about.

I knew I wanted to do a reread of the Six of Crows duology having now read the Grisha trilogy – just to see if my thoughts have changed or I have a better sense of the world. I can say that I do think I like the story more – or maybe I’m just more aware of the worldsbuilding so I can appreciate everything, but I’m happy with my reread.

Six of Crows
•I think this time around, I liked the indivdual characters more. I remember only really likeing Jesper the first time, but I really found each character to have a spark to them this time.

•I am still not a fan of any of the romances in the story. They just don’t do anything for me.

•I love the heist to break Matthias out of prison

•There was a HUGE lull for me in the middle of the book when they were on their journey to the Ice Prison. It just felt boring and like nothing was happening.

•The breakout at the Ice Prison was kinda hectic and hard to follow, but in a slightly good way. The confusion worked with the action to create tension and anticipation. but it also felt kinda rushed.

•I would have liked to really get a sense of Ketterdam, I feel like we barley scratched the surface of the worldbuilding there.

•Kaz’s backstory is tragic and really lest you clearly see his motivations and how he became Dirtyhands.

•The last chapter of this book just made me want to reread the last chapter of Crooked Kingdom really bad, and it took a Herculian effort to not immediately skip to the end before starting my reread.

•I know we get a lot more backstory for Jesper in book 2, but I don’t remember if we get more of Nina’s or Inej’s. I hope so, because I feel like we didn’t get a lot for them in Six of Crows.

Crooked Kingdom

• I don’t think the plot is as strong as Six of Crows, but the overall story is better?
• I dont think that makes sense but I mean I like the actual heists at the prison and ice court better but the plotting and ‘down time’ are better in Crooked Kingdom
•All of the characters really grew on me. I think my ranking is: Jesper, Kaz, Nina, Matthias, Inej, & Wylan
• Wylan’s narrator over enunciated like crazy, which is a big reason he was my least favorite.
•Also the character’s accents are wildly different from narrator to narrator
•I loved seeing Kaz’s complex plans unfold
•Dunyasha is such an incredibly boring and pointless character.
• I do think I managed to like the romances a bit more here than in Six of Crows but I still didn’t care all that much
•Matthias’ ending was still so anticlimactic. It seemed like an afterthought
I think I’d have to say I like Six of Crows better than Crooked Kingdom, but I like the Grisha Trilogy more overall. But I still really love this world and I can’t wait to dive into King of Scars soon now!
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