Saturday 8 May 2021

Book Review: Rule of Wolves (King of Scars #2) by Leigh Bardugo (YA Fantasy)

Title: Rule of Wolves (King of Scars #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Publication Date: 30 March 2021
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Bought Copy

The Demon King. As Fjerda's massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king's gift for the impossible.

The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.

The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.

King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.


I have been desperately looking forward to reading this since I got my copy, but I had to wait while I wrapped up some NetGalley reads first. Having now finished it, my expectations were completely met. I've loved all Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse books and Rule of Wolves was no exception. The story picked up where King of Scars left off and plunged us immediately into the action. I wondered where my favourite character was at first, but finally he made an appearance. He didn't get a lot of page time, but when he did it was meaningful, and I appreciated what Bardugo did with the character, giving him depth and meaning, rather than having him as a cardboard-cut-out villain. Despite weighing in at nearly 600 pages, this book is fast-paced throughout and never drags. If anything, I wanted more chapters when it ended. Bardugo's world building and character presentation were excellent as always, and I liked the way the ending was satisfying enough to be a conclusion if she doesn't write more, yet left a clear path for further storytelling should she decide to extend the Grishaverse, potentially with another Kaz Brekker-centric work, given the lead in. These books are definitely one of my all-time favourite fantasy series. Rule of Wolves is a clear 5-star read for me.

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