Waiting on Wednesday: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Waiting on Wednesday

It has been a long time since I’ve done a Waiting on Wednesday. I thought it would be a good way to jump back into the book blogging community, and it gives me some extra time to work on posts for the rest of the week! I’m trying out an every day posting schedule; we’ll see how long that lasts.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish linkup hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where bloggers share a little bit about an upcoming book release that they are super excited about.

One upon a time I actually had to actively search for an upcoming release that sounded interesting for these posts. Waiting on Wednesday was what motivated me to seek out upcoming releases that I wanted to read. Nowadays, however, there are so many unpublished books that I am desperate to get my hands on that it has become difficult to pick which one to feature. I guess I’ll just have to make Waiting on Wednesday a regular occurrence around here!

After some debating between it and the book that will definitely be getting featured next week, I chose Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo!

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Expected Publication Date: September 27, 2016

Can we all just take a moment to appreciate that absolutely gorgeous cover? Go ahead and swoon; I’ll wait.

Crooked Kingdom is the sequel to Six of Crows, which was without a doubt the single most fabulous book I read in 2015. I cannot even begin to express how much I love that book. The characters are so diverse and complex and genuinely interesting, and I love how even though there is always something going on plot wise there is still a huge emphasis on character relationships and development. The book slowly gives you bits and pieces of each of the characters’ backstories, so you gradually understand not only why those characters act the way they do, but why they have the relationships with the others that they do. Not to mention the extensive world building that is seamlessly weaved in to every chapter. I just really love this book. If you haven’t read it, you need to love yourself and get your hands on a copy asap. Just trust me on this.

The thing is, when I first picked up Six of Crows I did not realize it was the first book in a series. I finally put it together about 50 pages from the end when it was distinctly not ending, and I have been desperate for the sequel ever since. I became even more eager to read Crooked Kingdom when I found out it was primarily going to take place within the city of Ketterdam. I’m not really sure how to explain it, but I love what I guess you could call grungy fantasy, and a group of inner-city thieves fighting the corrupt establishment definitely fits the bill. I would definitely describe Six of Crows as grungy fantasy as well, but moving the setting to the city streets just adds another level.

I’m including the Goodreads synopsis of Crooked Kingdom below, but be warned it is slightly spoilery for the ending of the first book, so if you haven’t read Six of Crows I would start scrolling right about now:


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 left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, 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 magic in the Grisha world


I am SO excited for this book I honestly can hardly stand it. Bardugo’s writing grabs you from page one and refuses to let go, and I for one cannot wait to get sucked back in!

Are any of you as excited about this book as I am?