King of Scars
By: Leigh Bardugo
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: High Fantasy
Page Count: 527
Synopsis: 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.
The fist part of this review will be spoiler free
The moment I saw this book pop up on GoodReads I knew I would have to read it! I have loved the whole Grishaverse and I am so excited that Leigh keeps adding amazing books to the series. I honestly didn’t remember Nikolai very much, especially since I had not read the original series for quite some time. But, after a quick google, and a skim through my Shadow and Bone books I was ready to go. I have got to say this book did not disappoint! It was an amazing ride from start to finish, and I loved the addition of Nina and Zoya (two very interesting characters that I always wanted to get to know a bit more).
The world building was of course flawless, Leigh is a master at crafting complex worlds but presenting them seamlessly in the established plot. I will say that if you haven’t read Shadow and Bone (or have forgotten most of it like me) you will be very confused. This book relies heavily on the idea that the reader is an established fan. I would say that reading the Shadow and Bone series is a must and then reading Six of Crows will also help to truly understand the plot points. Also it is just fun to see where all the characters are about 5 years after the original series.
Without going into hot water with the spoilers I just want to warn everyone that this book ends on an incredible cliff hanger that will have GIANT ramifications for the next book, so be warned!
Oh my goodness! Ok so I will start with the biggest and most shocking spoiler of all so last warning to turn back to the land of no spoilers…. The darkling is back! WHAT?! I basically screamed when I finished the book, how could she do this to us???? I am so excited to see where she takes the story now, especially since Alina is out of the picture. Also I am actually loving Nikolai and Zoya’s budding romance, I think they really suit each other and I hope it becomes something in book 2. I didn’t think I would like that romantic pairing at all but I actually ended up rooting for them.
Have you guys read this book? what is you favourite book in the Grishaverse? let me know in the comments!