Today, I’m delighted to be hosting the final blog tour stop for Crooked Kingdom, the feverishly anticipated sequel to last year’s stunning Six of Crows. Leigh Bardugo is here to tell us how Kaz Brekker came to be, and then I’ll be telling you why I think he’s fantastic.
We’re also giving away an amazing prize pack at the end, so stick around!
Leigh Bardugo on Kaz Brekker’s Origin
“When I first conceived of a character known as Dirtyhands, I thought I might put him in a folktale—this guy who would travel from town to town, doing terrible deeds and messing with dark magic for a price. He’d be a legend, but also reviled for what he was willing to do.
I never wrote that story, but the character stuck with me, and eventually he became Kaz Brekker, the Bastard of the Barrel, the boy you never want to owe a favor.”
Here are Six Things I Love about Kaz:
Kaz doesn’t let anything stand in his way. He walks with a limp and carries a cane, and he started out as a lowly member of the Ketterdam gang. But he’s now one of the most respected and feared lieutenants in The Dregs. He’s called “Dirtyhands” for good reason: he’s done a lot in his short life, and you definitely don’t want to get on his bad side.
Kaz is hiding secrets. Why does he always wear gloves on his hands? How did he become so ruthless at such a young age? What are his real feelings for the lovely Inej? We’re constantly peeling away layers of his personality as his past is revealed.
Kaz always has tricks up his sleeve. In a world full of magic, he has none–except his mad skills in thievery, lock-picking, and cards. Even when the odds are stacked against him, he somehow manages to come out ahead, and he does it with impressive combat techniques, a wry quip, and effortless style.
Kaz will charm your socks off. Light with his fingers and quick with his tongue, Kaz deftly wields words like the lightest of weapons–whether he’s coaxing someone or dressing them down, he’s always playing sleight-of-hand with his wit so you might not notice that he’s getting exactly what he needs. I love a boy who has a way with words, and I predict that if they ever meet, Kaz and Sturmhond will either love each other or hate each other on sight.
Kaz will break your heart. He can display cutthroat focus in his business dealings, but I defy anyone’s heart not to soften when you see his hesitancy over his feelings for Inej, or when you learn the devastating secrets of his past.
He’s a complex, gifted, elusive character, and he’s one of the best I’ve ever read.
Crooked Kingdom Synopsis
The highly anticipated sequel to the thrilling #1 New York Times-bestselling Six of Crows.
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 badly weakened, 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.
Crooked Kingdom will be available online and in stores TOMORROW! My pre-order better arrive or there will be trouble.
Thanks to our friends at Fierce Reads, everyone anyone who leaves a thoughtful comment on all 12 blog tour posts (including all the US and UK stops) by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, October 3, will be entered into a raffle for a special Grisha Prize Pack!
I hear it might include the Crooked Kingdom socks pictured above, so it’s a good time to enter if you’ve been coveting those.
So comment below and visit the other stops as follows:
September 21: JESPER
September 22: WYLAN
September 23: MATTHIAS
September 24: NINA
September 25: INEJ
September 26: KAZ
Are you as excited to read Crooked Kingdom as I am? The early release photos are driving me craaaaazy.
Amazing Kaz illustration by Kevin Wada; Leigh Bardugo photo by Taili Song Roth; all other photos by Wendy Darling. The giveaway is provided by and run by the publisher.
Previously at The Midnight Garden:
The food from the Grisha Trilogy (a fairy tale lunch with Leigh from 2014)
A Conversation with Leigh Bardugo (our visit to a vodka bar from 2013)
Our reviews: Six of Crows is here, Siege and Storm are here and here, and Shadow and Bone is here.