“He was going to break my legs ,” she said, her chin held high, the barest quaver in her voice. “Would you have come for me then, Kaz? When I couldn’t scale a wall or walk a tightrope? When I wasn’t the Wraith anymore?”
Dirtyhands would not. The boy who could get them through this, get their money, keep them alive, would do her the courtesy of putting her out of her misery, then cut his losses and move on.
“I would come for you,” he said, and when he saw the wary look she shot him, he said it again. “I would 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.”
Rating: 5 OF 5 STARS
This book, this series, undid me.
In Crooked Kingdom, we continue the story of our six most loved criminals after they survived their 30-million-kruge worth heist except there was no 30 million kruge.
Jan Van Eck double-crossed the gang. Boy, he should have known better. And he did not only rob them the money that could have turn their lives around, Jan Van Eck stupidly took our most precious spider, Inej. Surely Dirtyhands can’t be any more freaking mad.
Kaz, together with the crew, will go to all ends to rescue Inej (which they will be able to). But that’s only a part of the huge catastrophe that is about to happen.
“Has anyone noticed this whole city is looking for us, mad at us, or wants to kill us?”
“So?” said Kaz.
“Well, usually it’s just half the city.”
Yes. Yes. Yes. When you think they can finally live a happy life, everything gets deadlier.
This book is so intricate and compelling and powerful. Leigh Bardugo created 6 characters who possess personalities so apart from one another, it’s absurd to truly love them all. And she did it well. Each is distinctive and you can empathize with. I would not have this book any other way.
Kaz. Our Kaz. He is so cunning and dangerous, and charming and gallant. I ship him and Inej so much that it hurt me so bad. The horrors of their pasts are too traumatic and to truly control it is tougher than the most dangerous roughneck. (That’s… Kaz. But yeah well… you get the gist.)
“He’d told her they would fight their way out. Knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. She would fight for him, but she could not heal him. She would not waste her life trying.”
Matthias and Nina on the other hand…
“I am grateful you’re alive”, he said. “I am grateful that you’re beside me. I am grateful that you’re eating.” She rested her head on his shoulder.
“You’re better than waffles, Matthias Helvar.”
A small smile curled the Fjerdan’s lips.
“Let’s not say things we don’t mean, my love.”
And these two guys who I ship the most…
“Jes, I’ve thought about this-“
“Thought of me? Late at night? What was I wearing?”
“I’ve thought about your powers,” Wylan said, cheeks flushing pinker.”
It may seem like it’s romance-y in this review but it’s not. I think Bardugo has written enough to satisfy your craving for the unnerving action and tension. I swear you have to read. This book is so amazing, and brilliant. Definitely one of my top books for the year.