Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo Quotes

The thrilling conclusion to the Six of Crows duology.


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. 

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“If you couldn’t beat the odds, you changed the game.”

“If you couldn’t open a door, you just had to make a new one.”

“They valued the things he could do instead of pushing him for the things he couldn’t.

“Stop treating your wound like it’s something you imagined. If you see the wound is real, then you can heal it.”

“That was what destroyed you in the end; the longing for someone you could never have.”

“Fear is how they control you. There’s so much in the world you don’t have to be afraid of, if you would only open your eyes.”

“She would fight for him, but she could not heal him. She would not waste her life trying.”

“It was so much more pleasant to think of facing a fight than the shame of how horribly he’d botched everything.”

“Jesper’s life had split like a log into two distinct and uneven pieces: the time before he’d stepped up to that wheel and every day since.”

“You survived the worst of it. The parem is out of reach, and now you can stop thinking about it.”

“Shame crawling over her skin like fire over a forest floor.”

“It isn’t personal. He doubts everyone’s word.”

“Trust but verify or don’t trust at all.”

“How do we prepare for the unpredictable?”
“We broaden our options.”

“Never underestimate the public’s desire to get something for nothing.”

“Sometimes the trick to getting the best of a situation was just to wait.”

“She was right to be cautious. Even of him. Especially of him. Cautious was how you survived.”

“Fear is a phoenix. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return.”

“Meeting you was a disaster. But I am grateful every day for that disaster.”

“You’re not weak because you can’t read. You’re weak because you’re afraid of people seeing your weakness. You’re letting shame decide who you are.”

“We can endure all kinds of pain. It’s shame that eats men whole.”

“The really bad monsters never look like monsters.”

“I suggest rethinking your priorities.”

“You are a stolen painting, Kuwei. Too recognizable to sell on the open market, too valuable to leave lying around.”

“I’m pragmatic. If I were cruel, I’d give him a eulogy instead of a conversation.”

“I can’t tell you what I don’t know.”

“If you still believe in fairness, then you’ve led a very lucky life.”

“Sometimes a proper thief doesn’t just take. He leaves something behind.”

“You could love something and still see its flaws.”

“In the Barrel, we don’t trade in safety. There’s only strength and weakness. You don’t ask for respect. You earn it.”

“I’ve spent my whole life hiding the things I can’t do. Why run from the amazing things you can do?”

“What about the nobodys and the nothings, the invisible girls? We learn to hold our heads as if we wear crowns. We learn to wring magic from the ordinary. That was how you survived when you weren’t chosen, when there was no royal blood in your veins. When the world owed you nothing, you demanded something of it anyway.”

About the Author:

Leigh Bardugo
 is the #1 New York Times – and USA Today – bestselling author of Six of Crows and the Grisha Trilogy: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm,and Ruin and Rising. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, geaduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and, most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood, where she is occasionally be heard singing with her band.