Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows

By: Leigh Bardugo

As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge.

ISBN: 9781250133694

JLG Release: Feb 2017


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse
Topics: Heists , Adventure and adventurers , Romance , Magic , Political intrigue , Criminals

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Awards & Honors

The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee, Young Readers
Goodreads Choice Awards 2016, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
Los Angeles Public Library, Best of 2016: Teen Books
BuzzFeed Best YA Books of 2016

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Teens will be excited to return to Bardugo’s marvelous world, first visited in her “Grisha Trilogy” and in this duology’s previous Six of Crows. They will be treated to a visit from old friends”the graceful (and deadly) Inej; Nina, the Grisha Heartrender; Wylan, the discarded, illiter
[STARRED REVIEW]
Teens will be excited to return to Bardugo’s marvelous world, first visited in her “Grisha Trilogy” and in this duology’s previous Six of Crows. They will be treated to a visit from old friends”the graceful (and deadly) Inej; Nina, the Grisha Heartrender; Wylan, the discarded, illiterate merchant’s son; and the mysterious and vengeful Kaz. Characters from the original trilogy (most notably Stormhund, prince-turned-privateer) also make an entrance in the heart of the slums of Ketterdam. Plots to take control of the city’s underworld abound as Kaz rallies his allies and takes on the might of the rapacious merchant class and Pekka Rollins, King of the Barrel and ruler of the dregs of the city. Following the death of his brother, the antihero has surrounded himself with the castoffs of Ketterdam, all of them very young, defective in some way, and abandoned. Together they will either rule the city victoriously or fail magnificently. While it isn’t absolutely necessary to have read the other titles in Bardugo’s series, readers will be better served by this continuation if they are already familiar with the complex world and characters. This fast-paced dive into the Barrel, where fortunes are made and lost and life itself hangs in the balance, will keep readers enthralled long past bedtime. VERDICT A must-purchase for all YA collections.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK

Horn Book

When Kaz Brekker and his fellow thieves from Six of Crows (rev. 9/15) return to Ketterdam, unscrupulous merchant Jan Van Eck not only refuses to pay them the millions of kruge he owes them for their just-completed heist, but also holds their crewmate Inej hostage to force them to hand over the object of the heist, the rescued scientis When Kaz Brekker and his fellow thieves from Six of Crows (rev. 9/15) return to Ketterdam, unscrupulous merchant Jan Van Eck not only refuses to pay them the millions of kruge he owes them for their just-completed heist, but also holds their crewmate Inej hostage to force them to hand over the object of the heist, the rescued scientist Kuwei. Kuwei is the group’s best hope for finding an antidote to the new drug parem, which makes Grisha magic users incredibly powerful before it kills them, and Kaz doesn’t want that knowledge to fall into the wrong hands. This sequel opens up the motivations of the six-person band of thieves, leading to a number of unwieldy subplots and a mammoth 799-page book block, but Bardugo has a clear, slightly sardonic voice and a romance-writer’s knack for hooking readers with alternating pathos and hope, so the length doesn’t drag. Indeed, several romances hinted at previously—not just Kaz and Inej but also Wylan and Jesper, a same-sex attraction—take notable steps toward fulfillment here, and the relationship shortfalls are just as heartstring-tugging as the successes. anita l. burkam

Book Details

ISBN

9781250133694

First Release

February 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

9 1/4" x 6"

Page Count

560

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.6; Points: 25;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.4; Points: 36;

Lexile

Level 810L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Henry Holt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse

Topics

Heists, Adventure and adventurers, Romance, Magic, Political intrigue, Criminals,

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