Review Buku #116 – Crooked Kingdom ‘Six of Crows 2’ by Leigh Bardugo (2016)

crooked kingdom - leigh bardugo

If one of us goes down, we all go down.

Kaz bertekad untuk menghancurkan kejayaan Jan Van Eck setelah ia dan kelompoknya ditipu oleh pria tersebut. Namun Kaz harus menyelamatkan Inej yang ditahan oleh Jan Van Eck terlebih dulu dan kemudian merebut hadiah uang mereka. Brick by brick.
Tapi setelah kejadian Kaz dan kelompoknya menerobos Ice Court untuk membebaskan Kuwei Yul-Bayur, seluruh negara bagian seperti Fjerda, Shu Han dan Novyi Zem, tiba di Ketterdam dan mengincar Kaz dan kelompoknya. Kaz tidak bisa mengandalkan banyak orang untuk rencana besarnya, apalagi dari Dregs, karena ia juga harus menyembunyikan rahasia tentang Jurda Parem yang sangat bisa menyebabkan kehancuran dunia Grisha.

Gue tidak kuat menyinggung sebagian cerita Crooked Kingdom ini. Situasi hati gue tidak berani untuk tertekan lagi meskipun hanya mengetik 1 – 2 paragraf tambahan. Jadi langsung saja ke reaksi cukup panjang gue yang ada.

“They don’t know who we are. Not really. They don’t know what we’ve done, what we’ve managed together.” Kaz rapped his cane on the ground. “So let’s go show them they picked the wrong damn fight.”

What the heck just happen? This story cannot be ended like that and makes my crying.
Bagaimana gue memulai penyaluran habis – habisan perasaan kacau dan tidak karuan ini? Bagaimana cara gue menyampaikan perasaan ini agar dimengerti? BAGAIMANA CARANYA AGAR GUE TENANG?

Pertama, Six of Crows series ini mempunyai diverse main characters such as disabled, LGBT, some who struggle with addictions, etc. Semuanya bergabung dan saling melengkapi hingga membuat karakter – karakter ini menjadi menarik.

Kedua, Kaz dan Inej. Gue masih tidak bisa berhenti memikirkan pasangan ini. Damn.
Karena Kaz tidak bisa disentuh secara fisik, ia selalu memasang armor tidak terlihat aka aura yang dingin di sekelilingnya agar tidak ada orang yang dekat dengannya. Kaz hanya bisa sedikit menurunkan armornya di depan Inej karena ia percaya dengan Wraith-nya. Tapi perasaannya pada Inej membuat perhatian Kaz tidak fokus solid seperti biasa dan menyebabkan kelompoknya berada dalam bahaya. Karena alasan itulah sepanjang alur cerita Crooked Kingdom kita akan mellhat Kaz yang menahan diri dan fokus pada rencananya. Jadi bayangkan betapa stres gue melihat pasangan ini.
KEMUDIAN ENDINGNYA. ADEGAN PENUTUP ANTARA KAZ DAN INEJ MEMBUAT GUE MENANGIS SUPER. Setelah perjalanan dan bahaya ini itu, UGH THANKS GOD, akhirnya mereka ada perkembangan. Yep. Perkembangan disini bukan mereka jadi pasangan. No. Disinilah bagian yang juga cukup nyesak dan membuat gue terharu. Gue tidak menyangka gue akan menangis membaca tentang pria dan wanita yang  saling bergenggaman tangan untuk pertama kalinya.

How many times have you told me you’re a monster? So be a monster. Be the thing they all fear when they close their eyes at night.

Ketiga, pasangan gay manis gue yaitu Jesper dan Wylan. Karena wajah Wylan dibuat menjadi mirip seperti Kuwei dan belum dikembalikan seperti semula, jadi sempat ada adegan lucu dimana Jesper mencium pria yang salah. Gue langsung heboh tidak karuan.
Namun setelah mereka official bersama, they’re so cute I want to choke my romance life.

Keempat, Matthias. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. HAHAHAHAHAHIHIHIHI. SIALAN. MATTHIAS DESERVE BETTER. HAHAHAHAHA WHY OH WHY

Kelima, Nina Zenik. Meskipun Nina sekarang bisa mengendalikan orang mati (karena pengaruh Jurda Parem), gue berharap agar Nina bisa bahagia dimanapun dia berada. Sungguh sedih melihat hanya Nina yang pergi dari Ketterdam ugh

Keenam, ada cameo dari Shadow and Bone trilogy yang membuat gue merinding. Zoya, Genya dan Nikolai. Nikolai muncul sebagai Sturmhond dan gue cuma bisa merespon ASDHSHKSKDJSLFUCK

I’m a thief and a smuggler. Try to catch hold of me and you’ll find you’re trying to hold air.

Kesimpulannya. Overall.  I don’t know how to read this series without squealing and trying not to cry. Please please please read this series. Bagi yang tidak membaca series ini, bagaimana kalian bisa hidup seperti itu? Lol
Di saat gue mengetik post ini, sudah ada kabar tentang Six of Crows 3. FUCK YEAH WE GET BOOK 3 tapi tidak ada kejelasan tahun berapa buku itu rilis. But you can see my death when that book come out.
Bye. I love my crew so much.

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Oh wait, ada sejumlah kalimat kesukaan gue lainnya di Crooked Kingdom.

“A chemical weevil,” said Jesper. “But Wylan still hasn’t named it. My vote is for the Wyvil.”
“That’s terrible,” said Wylan.
“It’s brilliant.” Jesper winked. “Just like you.”

“Then you need to calm down and try to look friendly.”
Matthias shook out his arms and relaxed his features.
“Friendly, not sleepy. Just … pretend everyone you meet is a kitten you’re trying not to scare.”
Matthias looked positively affronted. “Animals love me.”
“Fine. Pretend they’re toddlers. Shy toddlers who will wet themselves if you’re not nice.”
“Very well, I’ll try.”

“Meeting you was a disaster.”
She raised a brow. “Thank you.”
Djel, he was terrible at this. He stumbled on, trying to make her understand. “But I am grateful every day for that disaster. I needed a cataclysm to shake me from the life I knew. You were an earthquake, a landslide.”
I,” she said, planting a hand on her hip, “am a delicate flower.”
“You aren’t a flower, you’re every blossom in the wood blooming at once. You are a tidal wave. You’re a stampede. You are overwhelming.”

“I’ve taken knives, bullets, and too many punches to count, all for a little piece of this town,” said Kaz. “This is the city I bled for. And if Ketterdam has taught me anything, it’s that you can always bleed a little more.”

Ketterdam is made of monsters. I just happen to have the longest teeth.

I have been made to protect you. Even in death, I will find a way.

She had chosen to live freely as a killer rather than die quietly as a slave, and she could not regret that. She would go to her Saints with a ready spirit and hope they would receive her.

 “I may not walk straight,” said Kaz. “But at least I don’t run from a fight.”

Jesper and Kaz swung around, crashed into the mechanism of the clock, righted themselves. It wasn’t a fight, it was a brawl—graceless, a tangle of elbows and fists.
“Ghezen and his works, someone stop them!” Wylan said desperately.
“Jesper hasn’t shot him,” Nina said.
“Kaz isn’t using his cane,” said Inej.
“You think they can’t kill each other with their bare hands?”

“I would come for you,” he said, and when he saw the wary look she shot him, he said it again. “I would come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together—knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”

“Kaz is better at making friends with combination locks than with people.” All Kaz knew was he’d invested a lot of time and money in getting his Wraith back. He sure as hell wasn’t going to lose her again.

OKAY SERIUSAN BYE.

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