Welcome back to Ketterdam! Fans, this one was worth the wait. This has all the fun and clever twistiness of the first book, without the slow build-up. Picking up right where Six of Crows left off Crooked Kingdom drops you in the middle of the action and doesn't let go until the very end. With the repercussions of the Ice Court heist looming large Kaz and his crew have to play an increasingly bad hand, and the stakes have never been higher.
I'm not going to go into what Bardugo is doing with this series, and what I think is working, because all of that is in my review for Six of Crows. I'm going to assume you've read the first book if you're reading reviews for this one. What I will say is that I was excited to get more background on some of the other crows. If the first book focused a bit more on Nina and Matthias then it's fair to say this one focused more on Jesper and Wylan. It was so great getting to know them better, and getting to spend more time with all of them. This book gave me a book hangover - nothing else in my To Read pile seems to have any sparkle at the moment. I miss this crew already.