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 the Grisha world.
MY RATING: 4 out of 5
RECOMMENDED FOR: People who like zippy and exciting high fantasy stories with unpredictable kick-ass characters.
I liked this book a little less than the first one, but by just a hair. I am however really glad I could read this immediately after finishing the first book. I loved how I felt the continuity between the two books. The characters were still the amazing bunch of people I grew to love, but their relationships have shifted somewhat. Some in bigger ways than others, but this new dynamic and loyalty between them was a joy to watch.
Inej is without a doubt my favorite character in this series because she is literally the glue that holds everyone together. I will miss her so so much now that I’m done with this duology! Another thing I will miss is the sizzling chemistry between Kaz and Inej. There isn’t too much room for romance with all that was going on in this book, plus both their painful pasts make it hard for them to become intimate with another person, but we definitely get a glimpse of where it could go in time. I need Leigh Bardugo to write another novella about these two, specifically when they’ve grown a little older.
By the way, I still find it hard to believe that these characters are teenagers.
I really appreciate the diversity Leigh Bardugo incorporated in these books. I’m not just talking about race here, but also because she included some really likable gay characters. Can I just say their romance is the most adorbs out of the three available? I’m going to miss all that funny bickering and all those times I rolled my eyes because gawd can they just kiss already?! HAHA!
I was pretty amazed by the plot twists and turns in this book, and frankly I want to know what Kaz eats for his meals so I can be just as clever and wily as he is. The boy has some pretty amazing foresight, and all his scheming and plotting bore fruit to a very satisfying degree as far as his enemies were concerned. And yes, that includes his beef with one Pekka Rollins. Kaz couldn’t have wrapped up his revenge more brilliantly than this. (And with a little surprise help from Inej, which made it even more satisfying!)
All in all, this was a pretty damn good duology as far as I’m concerned. I can’t say I’m happy about the ending and the tragedies that had to occur, but that’s the way it is I suppose. Seriously though, can Leigh Bardugo please make a Kaz and Inej novella? Pretty please?