Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
How can I put into words how I feel about this book?! This is one of my favorite books for the year – 2016. Maybe one of my favorites of all the time. Last September, I first heard it from Jessethereader, a booktuber. The moment he showed the black edged pages and explained the synopsis. I mean, I had to get it right away. I did not get to read this until early this year.
I purposely posted this review a week before Crooked Kingdom set to be released. I wanted to give you an overview on my opinion and tell you to preorder the book or skip going to school or work and get this new book. In fact, not only Crooked Kingdom is set to be released on the 27th, there is a box set to be released as well. So if you do not have Six of Crows, no worries there! You are able to get these two next week!
Check out the trailer!
Now, let me see where to start… so many things. You are able to read this book without reading the Grisha Trilogy because it is set in the same world but in different places and time frame. But if you want to, you can read them first then Six of Crows. Now, I haven’t read the Grisha Trilogy but no worries, I am planning on reading them next year. The book cover. Can’t you say, O-M-G! The black edged pages. Maps. I am a sucker for maps.
Ms. Bardugo. You have a gift. You made me fall in love with these characters. You got me rooting for them. Kaz. Inej. Nina. Matthias. Wylan. Jesper. These characters are so complex but together, it just works. My personal favorite has to be Wylan but I love others equally. Wylan. Oh, my Wylan. He is so adorable and so sweet. So innocent. We are finally going to get some POVs from Wylan on Crooked Kingdom! YES! He did not get any on Six of Crows. I know if I mention pairings, it will be a spoiler, so I won’t but let me tell you this… they need to be together. Period. The characters are extremely diverse. They hailed from different parts of the world, Fjerda to Novyi Zem and Ketterdam is the melting pot. I can’t wait for Crooked Kingdom and see if anything has developed among them.
Kaz is the boss of the six. He was the one that got Inej, Nina, Matthias, Wylan, and Jesper together, thanks to money that were promised to them and try to get something from a prison and were impossible to either break in or out. The writings of what were happening in the book were so effortless. There is a map of the prison in the book! The characters are so different from one other. They have their own ways of dealing with things from their past. The interactions among them made me LOL, literally. I need to reread the book and then put down quotes in here. I really need to do that.
Plot twists. This about kills me. The freaking plot twists. When I was reading, I thought I was all set and good to go, and next page, a twist. It is like a stab in my heart and I literally went, “FUCK YOU! NO! WHY?!” Thankfully, my dorm mates on my floor at the time did not hear me because I was loud. It was keeping me on my toes. When I thought things would take this way, or that way. IT DIDN’T! Bravo. It is action-packed, however, it is slow at first but stay with it and it will pick up, and oh boy, does it picked up?! It is being told in multiple POVs. It’s a summation that happened in that moment from 7 degrees of separation.
I want to find an artwork of Ketterdam and put it on my wall. The way Ms. Bardugo described the city and surrounding areas. Gorgeous. The way I had imagined in my head, the hub feel (of how it is so crowded) of New York City with a mixture of Dutch and Russian buildings. I mean, that is how I interpret it. The Tumblr is the best if you want to see artwork on the characters. I love them. Please do let me know if you want me to link some of them.