The highly anticipated sequel to the thrilling New York Times best-selling Six of Crows.
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. 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 to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets - a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
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This book is incredible. And the performances really make it! I'm so glad I listened to both of these rather than just read. It pulled me into the story in the most incredible, heart racing way.
Rich characters with great character development and the variety of voice actors make this a really gripping experience. The plot twists do become a bit predictable after a while.
"Perfect, but now what?"
Loved it. This book leaves me with that rare feeling that I don't know what to read next. Actually, the even rarer condition that I need a break from reading so I can continue to savor this book a little longer. I don't think I can review it properly. However, it's a story intricately wound and wonderfully wicked. I loved getting to know each of the characters, even though Kaz is the star, you learn to appreciate all six of the gang. The settings and fantasy elements were great - sometimes helter skelter and at other times melodic. The ending. That was perfect. It's worthy of recommendation!
PS - Agree with others that Wylan's narrator was terrible for the part, and still this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book.
"Great except for one thing"
Book is awesome! I loved it.....except for whoever narrated Wyland and whenever Wyland was talking for Kaz.....holy evil old man gravel. Sort of rediculous!
"I love a lot of narrators"
Except for this time. As mentioned, Wyland's voice for Kaz sounds like he was the Wicked Witch. The fact that every narrator did a different voice for each character made it a bit hard to follow. I didn't listen to Six of Crow, I read the physical book, and everything made a lot more sense that when I started listening to this one. Since each character sounds completely different, it's harder to follow, but it still wasn't all bad.
I loved the actual story, I think it was a great follow up to Six of Crows, and I hope there is another book in the series soon!
"Storytelling at its finest! L.Bardugo is a master"
Leigh Bardugo does not disappoint in Crooked Kingdom the sequel to Six of Crows. It is the ending of the duology which could have easily been a trilogy...my selfish want as I love the world Leigh has built. As with Six of Crows the book continues with each character providing their POV. Not my favorite style of writing but Leigh pulls it off well in both books.
Don't want to provide any spoilers but the journey to the end is worth it. Ok..one tiny spoiler which made me VERY HAPPY is Kaz and the crew get help from some very special characters of the Grisha trilogy. Yeah it felt a bit gratuitous on Leigh's part but I enjoyed it anyway.
Now for the narrators...anytime it gets past 2 narrators I find it distracting. Elizabeth Evans (Nina) and Lauren Fortgang (Inej) were brilliant and well cast to the characters. Their last scenes at the end of the book were AMAZING and worth the whole listen! As for the men...returning narrators Fred Berman (Kaz), Brandon Rubin (Jesper), Jay Snyder (Matthias), Roger Clark (Pekka) gave very consistent performances to Six of Crows and matched the characters well. Jay Snyder made me fall in love with Matthias or maybe with Jay himself ;-). New to Crooked Kingdom...Kevin T Collins (Wylan) and Peter Ganim (Jan). I don't think Kevin gave a bad performance but he had almost all the pronunciations of the characters and the world incorrect which made his performance distracting. I kept correcting him while I was listening. Don't let it deter you from choosing to the book. Just know that it is coming and you will have to suck it up a bit when you listen.
"Great story, so-so performance and production"
The story was great. Kept me on the edge of my seat. I really didn't like the narration for Wylan, though. His rendition of Kaz's voice was hard to listen to, his pronunciation of names, places, and words was gratingly inconsistent, and there was an audible hiss throughout.
"Great story, hit or miss performers"
First of all I love this story, and the different voices are mostly wonderful. Each lends so much to the tale, and whether it was planned this way or not, each sort of lends their own viewpoint--we get to see how each character sounds, from the point of view of each character. The performer for Wyland was a bit off, though--i can't quite describe it, but it was somewhat jarring to listen to, and he made Kaz sound like an old lady, which was an odd choice.
The performer for Jesper was odd too--after having a normal American accent for the last book and most of this one, towards the end he started having a sort of bastardized cockney/Australian lilt to some things, and not only when Jesper was speaking but when other characters were speaking, too! It was super weird, like why is Nina suddenly talking this way? It made the whole thing seem poorly edited or poorly directed, which is a shame.
All that being said, this is still one of the most engaging and fun stories I've listened to in a while, and the performers for Kaz and Inej in particular were fantastic. I would absolutely listen to it again.
"Stunning end to a story that I hope will continue!"
After listening too close to 1000 audiobooks, this book along with part one of the story has to be in the top five if not the best. One has to read to first book in order to truly comprehend this book.Both books have been created by a master storyteller and it shows.
This book has a number of twists and curves in it; just as you think you know what is going to happen, your thrown for a loop and a whole new story is there for your experience. I also like books that bring out our emotions when listening and this book has a lot of that.
It took a few chapters to get used to multiple narrators doing each character but once I got used to it it was fine. I am particularly partial to Lauren Fortgang, really like her body of work.
Don't double cross a person who less to loose then you!
If I was stuck on an island for a long time and could only take a few books with me the Six of Crows and the Crooked Kingdom would definitely be with me. Buy it, read it, and revel in the emotional experience...
"ocean's 11 with a darker twist and a bit of magic"
amazing, absolutely amazing. consider me a fan of the author. I will gladly seek out their past, and future works. while I do agree that it would have been interesting to have each character read their own lines. I didn't necessarily mind the change of pace from one chapter to the next.
whoever did wylan's voice should find a different career path...awful. everything else was great though.
"Another home run"
Absolutely fantastic. The unexpected twists never fail to shock and intrigue. I found myself shamelessly wearing the expressions that accompanied the many feelings experienced on this roller coaster! Some of the narrators are my favorites of all time (Elizabeth Evans, Lauren Fortgang) and I love the casting of the rest as well. The only thing I found bothersome was the inconsistency in the pronunciation of certain words or portrayal of character voices. When drastically different enough..it can definitely take you out of the story. I always wonder how these things don't get noticed before publishing? Aside from that, there are no flaws. Nothing but amazing things to say for Leigh Bardugo, these artists, and this incredible series. I only hope if they decide to bring it to the big screen that they make sure to give it the budget it deserves!!!
"Awesome story ... shame about Kaz's voice"
In Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo introduces us to the Ocean's Eleven of the fantasy world. The only difference is they are brimming with more character and oozing more cool than George Clooney and his pals ever could. There's also magic. Danny Ocean couldn't do that. Crooked Kingdom takes an already rich cast and focuses on adding to their depth rather than their number. This was a pleasant surprise, as many authors tend to dump extra characters into the reader/listener's lap and hope it makes us feel all happy about what we've been given. Not here. Here we are given a truly deeper feeling of every character. We knew them before in Six of Crows, but now we are given an almost intimate connection with each one in Crooked Kingdom. And it felt good. Better than good.
The story, as with Six of Crows was a complex plan hidden within another complex plan buried deep within the twistedly brilliant depths of Kaz Brekker's mind. He really is one of those characters that you can't help but love but also can't help but thank your lucky stars he isn't a real person. He's equal parts bad ass and just bad all at once. But he's just the right mix that you can't help but wonder why you can't stop yourself from loving him.
For me, I felt Crooked Kingdom played upon a range of emotions, more so than Six of Crows. There is one scene in particular that I did not expect to happen but DAMN, if it didn't hit me where I didn't want to be hit!
As with the vast majority of my seemingly praise-gushing reviews, this one will not be all niceties. There is one crime against my ears that I just cannot keep hidden. I rarely use the word 'hate' but in this instance, and the instance of Six of Crows, I genuinely hate the voice used as the main narrator for Kaz Brekker's bits. His voice is so bad, so gravelly, so 'I've been smoking for fifty years and swallowing glass for another ten' that I just hated it when Kaz's bits came on. Honestly, his voice is so grating on the ear that I, an author myself, struggle to put into words how unsuitable it was for ANY character to have that as their actual voice. I couldn't take it seriously. That fact was upsetting due to Kaz being one of my favourites. The rest of the vocals were on point and, dare I say, perfect. Matthias is very well-done, gives you the image of a strong man attached to the voice. Nina's makes you think of a sexy young girl who knows exactly how to get what she wants. Jesper sounds effortlessly cool and cocky. Kaz just sounds ... wrong.
But enough about my Kaz-voice hating. We can't all be happy 100% of the time so I will be content with the 99% of the time in this book. I am sure there are some (admittedly odd people) who thought Kaz's voice was just ... lovely.
Another good point about Crooked Kingdom is that Leigh brings back a few characters from her previous trilogy (Grisha Trilogy), so fans of that series will get that little happy moment when reading about characters they remember fondly.
All in all, I am very glad to have listened to the Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom duology. Kaz Brekker's band of thieves have made for excellent literary companions and I hope they make appearances in future books from Bardugo.
"Yawn, the first book was so much better"
Lost interest which rarely happens , story way too slow, can't even be bothered to say any more
Fantastic. I took a while to get into the first book (Six of Crows) but by the third chapter I was hooked. The characters are intoxicating. I cannot wait to listen to the next book. Leigh Bardugo's imagination is a marvel and her creative writing talents are to be envied. Thank you Ms Bardugo for sharing this wonderful world with me.
"Once again couldn't stop listening"
Just when I thought that you couldn't get better than six of crows
The crooked kingdom has outdone its predecessor, I like how the book ended but would love it if it was a trilogy
"gripped to the very end!"
Fantastic! Loved the second installment to the 6 of crows set, very well done indeed!
performances were fantastic, characters are so well written, you finish the book caring so much about them.
would love to read books for each character.
"seven samurai meets Dallas"
wasn't sure how I felt about the first book in this series but with this one I was completely enthralled. The characters are well developed and within the swashbuckling and magic there is some genuine pathos, the performance by a number of different readers works perfectly as they are all excellent. Story line twists and turns and at times leaves you unable to predict where it will go.
"Pure entertainment !"
Like these books more than the original trilogy.
Best back stories ( of the characters ) of any books I've listened to and a quality ending. Consider me entertained.
"Perfect conclusion but sad it's over!"
Six of Crows has become one of my absolute favourite book series ever. Crooked Kingdom picks up exactly where Six of Crows left off, and the action is constant until the very end. I enjoyed this sequel immensely and am heartbroken that Kaz and the Dregs' story is over. Leigh Bardugo is a brilliant world builder and the surprises and shocks keep coming. If you haven't read Six of Crows, read it now!
"very good book only 2 flaws"
another solid book in what is quickly becoming my favourite series. the only 2 negatives I have with this book is that the editing seems a bit off at time where they seem to either cut off end of sentences or do very quick cuts. The other one is that they changed Kaz Brekkers voice or its a different narrator which upset me as in the first book I felt his voice was perfect for the character
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