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Parents' Guide to

Crooked Kingdom: Six of Crows, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Another impossible mission, another mature, riveting read.

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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

One of the best books I've ever read

On the surface, the characters all seems shallow. Most of them seem to live selfish, greedy lives. But through the course of the story the reader gets to know the characters on a deep level and learn about their difficult pasts and how they overcome their struggles, grow close as a team, and become better people. The action is exciting and the plot is excellent- Kaz and the rest of his team are geniuses. There is just enough romance in the story, but it stays mostly PG. There is a lot of violence but nothing older kids (upper middle, high school and above) can't handle. It's something both teens and adults can enjoy. Overall one of the best books I have ever read.

Is It Any Good?

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Like the amazing Inej on a high wire, this satisfying sequel is both incredibly exciting and well balanced. Crooked Kingdom may have a bit less action than the nonstop Six of Crows, but readers who feel invested in these fascinating and flawed characters won't mind fewer gladiator-style prison fights in favor of a better grasp of Wylan's fear of his evil father or Jesper's fear of his good one and his gambling addiction. Between plotting and scheming to stay ahead of absolutely everyone -- gang bosses, merchants, police, whole foreign kingdoms -- readers are treated to a real understanding of these characters, of the nature and power of addiction and PTSD, and even of the damaging effects of slavery, prostitution, and prejudice.

And then we get back to the action. Yes, Kaz stays one step ahead even though it always looks as if he's not. But were it not for Nina's frightening new gift, Inej's ability to dodge knives at unspeakable heights, Jesper's unerring shooting accuracy, and the astounding talents of the rest of the crew, all of Kaz's uber-complex plans would go nowhere. It's a nail-biting joy to watch it all unfold and to see this ultimate team of underdogs best an entire city of enemies.

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