REVIEW: king of scars by leigh bardugo

A1Zyev7lmHLGenre: Fantasy
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Publisher: Imprint

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.

I am amazed at how Leigh Bardugo can write three series in the same world and have them all seem so uniqueI was expecting King of Scars to have a different tone than Six of Crows, but it was also a lot different from the original Grisha trilogy. Personally, I enjoyed it more than the Grisha trilogy; I like Bardugo’s writing in third-person, and it focused on two of my favourite characters from the Grisha trilogy–Nikolai Lantsov and Zoya Nazyalensky–and one of my favourites from Six of Crows, Nina Zenik (though let’s face it, everyone is my favourite in Six of Crows). I had very high expectations for this book, I’ll be honest, and while they weren’t exactly met, I still loved every second of King of Scars. 

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