By Leigh Bardugo
This book was everything that I could have wanted and then some.
Leigh Bardugo has done it again, someway, somehow, she has managed to break my heart and leave me begging for more of her delightful form of torture.
Kaz and his crew are back and they have returned with a thirst for vengeance. The stakes have been set high, the risk is monumental, and so is the reward. There are lives to end and save, money to be made and lost, and entire kingdoms to raise and destroy, and it is entirely epic.
This was my favorite of the two books, perhaps the greatest YA novel I have ever read. There are enough twists and turns to make anyone dizzy, and enough layers to make a cake.
The greatness of this novel comes not only from its insanely clever, suspenseful, action packed plot, but from the character dynamics shown within it. These are characters that will make you laugh and cry, and that you will keep forever. Each relationship is expertly crafted, none overshadowing the other, and each unique to its own pair. And I don’t just mean the romantic relationships, but also how all Six of [the] Crows fit together and how they interact among themselves. These characters are real; they are creatures that have risen out of Bardugo’s imagination and into our reality and have carved real places in our hearts. In the end, that is the single greatest thing any author can hope to do.
With this, Leigh Bardugo has officially gone down as one of my favorite authors of all time.