Updated: Dec 15, 2020
Nikolai Lantsov, King of Ravka, must rule his broken country while facing the demon within him. His country’s safety depends on Nikolai ridding himself of the darkness that plagues his soul. This means he must travel to the Fold and face a ritual that could mean his death.
King of Scars is the first book of Leigh Bardugo’s third Grishaverse series. You don’t have to read the first two (Six of Crows and Grisha Trilogy) to read this one, but I highly recommend it because many of the characters and plot lines from the previous books hold a huge significance in this one.
This is definitely one of the best books I’ve read all year! Leigh Bardugo did such a wonderful job writing each of the different character plots and POVs. Normally, when I read a novel that has different POVs with characters having separate storylines, it gets a little frustrating being left in suspense, but Leigh Bardugo balanced the stories really well and had the right amount of suspense and thrills.
Each of the three main characters - Nikolai, Zoya, and Nina - are facing their own internal turmoils and Leigh Bardugo does a wonderful job dramatically presenting their past while weaving in present conflicts. King of Scars is structured similarly to Six of Crows; where the reader doesn’t know everything about the characters right from the start and is always learning something new about them as the story progresses. The foreshadowing makes it really compelling to read.
Leigh Bardugo did a wonderful job writing her characters. One of my favorite things about this book is Nikolai’s personality. He has a very specific wit and charm about him that is really captivating. Zoya Nazyalensky is the perfect example of an extremely powerful and bold character. I absolutely loved her in this book; she reminded me of Aelin Galathynius from the Throne of Glass series (if you’ve haven’t read that one yet… I HIGHLY recommend it). I’m really glad Nina Zenik was given such a big part in this book. Her character was one of my favorite from Six of Crows and her arc in this book was riveting.
The best part about King of Scars, in my opinion, is the ENDING; it really blew me away. There was a lot of foreshadowing building up to it, but I would have never expected it to happen. Definitely one of those endings that leaves you grabbing for the next book.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it :)