5 May 2020

Review - King of Scars

King of Scars
by Leigh Bardugo

Also look out for the Grishaverse Netflix show coming the year!!

What they say: 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.

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What I say: The Grishaverse world building is so detailed and creative that it's always a treat whenever Leigh Bardugo gives us another story set there. It's also very timely with the Netflix show coming soon, hello Ben Barnes as the Darkling...

I'm a fantasy geek so I love all the detail in King of Scars. It was great to see more of Nikolai, Zoya and Nina, plus the expansion of the Grishaverse from the original trilogy and Six of Bones.

Secrets and lies. Power and betrayal. Love and hope. These are at the centre of the story and the battle to save Ravka.

Nikolai made me smile with his usual mixture of concerned royal and flirty banter. He was never going to have an easy time as ruler but he's got a whole load of unexpected problems on top of the usual political ones.

Zoya is a total badass who doesn't worry about offending anyone. Her charm is in her loyalty, bravery and the verbal and actual smackdowns she delivers to anyone stupid enough to be intrigued by her beauty. A thorny rose.

I have to admit I wasn't the biggest Nina fan until now. I'm not really sure why but I was engrossed in her story here and meeting Hanne.

Oh the ending! Really? I'm not sure whether to cheer, shout or cry at this point...!

4.5 Stars in my Sky!


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