Book Review – King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

king of scarsNikolai 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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Ahhhhh oh Nikolai, let me count the ways I love you.


So first things – the early parts of the book are pretty slow. And my darling glorious Nina only made me love her at the end. Her parts didn’t really connect with the rest until right at the end, and only because interesting slightly before that. Despite the fact I love her SO MUCH, I missed my sassy waffle eating madam from SoC. She reappeared more near the end and I’m all up for more of that please.

However, Nikolai and Zoya were great throughout and Zoya really grew on me as character!! She is so haughty and fierce and wonderful. I particularly loved everything in the shadow fold too.

There’s so many amazing bits – the secret labs, the relationships with all the characters (like every time David looked up from his books lol, I LOVE HIM OKAY), deception and country running and and and…



Also Adrik! I loved him in the trilogy, and this was fab.

And THAT ENDING OMG. I’m not sure I can wait for what comes next – to see that, to have Nina’s story fold into the main more, for Zoya to learn more about what she can do, for Ravka to beat back all the nasty other countries 😉 😂

I loved King of Scars in the end, and I give it 4.5 stars. I can’t wait for book 2, and I’m devastated that I apparently have to.


Buy King of Scars from Amazon UK.

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