Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo is the last book in the Six of Crows Duology. Set in the same universe as her previous Grisha trilogy, the duology tells the story of a ragtag group of morally ambiguous teenagers and their plan for what could be a deadly heist. The first book does an excellent job at setting the tone and pace of the series, and the second books follows up tremendously well, making the Duology a truly remarkable Young Adult Literature hit.
Told through third person limited but with the use of many point-of-views, Bardugo masterfully creates suspension and mystery through what the characters know and don’t know. While you as the reader might think that something is going to happen, based on the information that you have been given, something else entirely could happen because of the information that the character themselves was unaware of.
But the point of views is just one of the many things that Bardugo uses to create a beautiful series. Her characters are complex and diverse and their interpersonal relationships are aftully woven in a way that makes you truly care about them. The romantic subplots don’t feel forced or rushed because they are balanced by the fondness of the platonic friendships and by swift-moving and intriguing plot.
While clocking in at around 500 pages, Crooked Kingdom does not feel like a long read. The story is captivating, the characters are unique and diverse --including positive LGBT representation and people of color-- , and the writing is profound.
If you see the Six of Crows Duology at your local bookstore, be sure to pick it up and give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.