CROOKED KINGDOM (SIX OF CROWS #2) BY LEIGH BARDUGO
Published: September 20th, 2016 by Henry Holt and Company
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | Fiction
Recommended to: those who love a good plot and interesting characters
That was one hell of an ending and yet, I don’t think it was wrong. Still, I would be lying if I say it didn’t break my heart into pieces.
I think the best thing about this series is how close the characters were to my heart. They’re a crew that I loved fiercely. It’s hard to think of them as only characters. Leigh Bardugo breathed life into them. They have feelings, fears, goals, and weaknesses. I prayed that everything will work out for them. But try as I might, even in this fantasy world, perfect endings don’t exist.
I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.
While I finished Six of Crows really fast, I dragged reading Crooked Kingdom. I didn’t want it to end. But most importantly, I didn’t want to get to the part I feared the most (I accidentally read a spoiler so I knew). Although it might have ruined things a bit, it was a really good book.
What Leigh Bardugo did so well in the Six of Crows duology is the plot. Just when I think I know what to expect, she proves me wrong. No page in this book is wasted. As I said in my review of Six of Crows, Bardugo’s transition between the different character POVs is remarkable. It was smooth and the endings will leave you on the edge.
While I think the terrible thing that happened in the ending was a little bit unfair (this might be my bias talking but a girl is sad), I also understand why it had to happen. Everything about the ending made perfect sense. If this was another book, if this was another crew, a perfect happy ending would suffice. But there are no happy endings in the Barrel. There are only losses or victories and sometimes a combination of both.
And that was what destroyed you in the end: the longing for something you could never have.
I’m sorry if this is less of a review and more of a coping mechanism for my grief. I have suffered countless times before this and I will recover. But for now, let me just go cry in a corner, read fanfiction, and pretend some things never happened.