Children's Book and Media Review, Dec 2016
Crooked Kingdom, the second in the Six of Crows duology, continues the story of Kaz and his gang of misfits. After being cheated out of the reward money for accomplishing a dangerous mission, Inej is kidnapped and held captive by the heartless and scheming Van Eck. If they give into the demands and trade Kuwai for Inej, Grisha everywhere would be in peril and their gifts exploited by wealthy men and corrupt governments. Kaz comes up with an intricate plan to trick Van Eck into relinquishing Inej. An elaborate chess game ensues, one step forward for the good guys and one step back as the bad guys gain ground. Each member of the crew--Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Jesper, and Wylan--has talents and abilities that are tested, tried, and honed as this family of castoffs work together to rise above the limitations of the past and make their dreams a reality.
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Cynthia Frazier. Six of Crows #2: Crooked Kingdom, Children's Book and Media Review, 2016,