Sunday 14 July 2019

Book Review: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (YA/Fantasy)

Title: King of Scars
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Orion Books

Publication Date: 2019
Borrowed from the Library


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.

Oh wow! I almost have no words for how much I loved King of Scars. This book brings together characters and plotlines from both the Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology, and it was action-packed and exciting right from the first page. I am wary of keeping clear of spoilers, but I will say this book also sees the return of a beloved earlier character, and that sent my fangirl heart alight with joy! The ending made me both squeal with delight and growl in frustration that I must now await the sequel to find out what will happen next. One warning I would make is that you do need to read all the other Grishaverse books before coming to this one, as it will not all make sense to you otherwise, given the numerous references to past characters and events. All up, though, a thrilling and wonderful read.

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