Title: King of Scars
Series: Nikolai Duology
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Young Adult & Fantasy
Release Date: January 29, 2019
I swear I have been waiting my whole life for the YA fantasy genre. The last few years have brought a big rise in new and upcoming authors of the genre. One of the few authors that I just know without a doubt I’ll love their books is Leigh Bardugo. I don’t even bother reading the book Blurb before I pre-order those babies, they just go right to my amazon cart and I’m a happy camper. King of Scars is the next book in the Grishaverse, if you’re not familiar with the earlier books, check out my reviews for the Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows Duology (Links provided below).
After reading the other books, I was beyond giddy for more of the snarky confidence of both Nikolai and Zoya. Leigh Bardugo delivered as promised, and like always, she really outdid herself! No matter how you think the plot is going to go or what’s going to happen next, I guarantee you will never guess it right. I’m so happy with the way Bardugo went with Nikolai’s first book. Honestly, if you haven’t read it yet, you need to!
“Nikolai had been told that hope was dangerous, had been warned of it many times. But he’d never believed that. Hope was the wind that came from nowhere to fill your sails and carry you home”— King of Scars
As with her other books, the characters are phenomenal. We see a lot of familiar faces from Grisha and Six of Crows, as well as some new ones. Nikolai is as charming as ever and has been a very busy boy with leading Ravka after the end of the civil war. Of course nothing is ever easy in life and being King involves a new set of troubles.
“I am the monster and the monster is me.”— King of Scars
Zoya has become even more of a badass and we get to watch her character develop even more. I also love the glimpses we get of her past, which we rarely saw in the recent books. We learn that there’s a lot more to Zoya Nazyalensky than what’s on the surface. That girl has some serious layers to her personality.
“They said she was cruel because she’d been harmed in the past. They claimed she was cold because she just hadn’t met the right fellow to warm her. Anything to soften her edges and sweeten her disposition—and what was the fun in that? Zoya’s company was like strong drink. Bracing— and best to abstain if you couldn’t handle the kick.”— King of Scars
It’s beautifully written, incredibly detailed and with intense world-building. So basically what I’m saying is, read this damn book. You won’t regret it!
“Zoya of the lost city. Zoya of the garden. Zoya bleeding in the snow. You are strong enough to survive the fall.”— King of Scars
Review for Grisha Trilogy:
Review for Six of Crows Duology:
Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war―and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.
Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried―and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.
Enter the Grishaverse with King of Scars, from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.
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, graduated 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 can occasionally be heard singing with her band.