Face your demons...or feed them.
Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil warand 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 buriedand some wounds aren’t meant to heal.
Enter the Grishaverse with this new novel from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.
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Praise for the Grishaverse
“A master of fantasy.” The Huffington Post
“Utterly, extremely bewitching.” The Guardian
“The best magic universe since Harry Potter.” Bustle
“This is what fantasy is for.” The New York Times Book Review
“[A] world that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp.” NPR
“The darker it gets for the good guys, the better.” Entertainment Weekly
“Sultry, sweeping and picturesque. . . . Impossible to put down.” USA Today
“There’s a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo’s original epic fantasy that sets it apart.” Vanity Fair
“Unlike anything I’ve ever read.” Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent
“Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery!” Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series
“This is a great choice for teenage fans of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien.” RT Book Reviews
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“All fuels burn differently. Some faster, some hotter. Hate is one kind of fuel. But hate that began as devotion? That makes for another kind of flame.” It was so good to be back in Grishaverse. And I am especially happy to have this series about Nikolai. He is just as great as ever and the writing was spectacular. That being said this book killed me. I am dead now. I can’t say much more, but read all of the Grisha books and then read this one and be tortured with me waiting for the next installment. King of Scars was a definite 5 star read for me. “‘Drusje,’ Birgir hissed. Witch. ‘I don’t like that word,’ Nina said advancing. ‘Call me Grisha. Call me zowa. Call me death, if you like.’”
Finally finished reading this book last night, so technically it's my last book of January. I was super excited to see where the story took Nikolai in this duology and I got to read through it last night. I want to say that this story took longer to develop than others I've read by Leigh Bardugo. I love all of her books and I was very excited about this one. However, I was not as impressed with this books as I was with the other ones. In this story, we follow king Nikolai trying to save Ravka after the darkling incident and this is after Six of Crows as well. Six of Crows is this other duology that came after the Grishaverse series and I would highly recommend reading Six of Crows duology before reading this one because this one contains a MAJOR Crooked Kingdom spoiler. Like HUGE! So, if you haven't read those yet, please do. They are, by far, my favorite books by Leigh Bardugo. As mentioned previously, Nikolai is trying to bring Ravka back together after defeating the darkling. There are still some enemies that loom nearby, trying to kill him and take control over Ravka. There is also still danger for the Grisha everywhere outside of Ravka, so we see that take place in this book. There are multiple POVs in this book and all of them seem to flow along with the book. Nina is a soldier of Nikolai sent to save Grisha from all over, so we get to see her in this book too. And I promise you she is amazing as always! So sexy. Zoya is Nikolai fierceless commandant, at some point, I did feel like both of them were going to kill each other. Leigh's writing is still great. I do have to admit that you have to brush up on their languages before reading this one because it did get confusing at some point. However, Bardugo manages to bring you through her story and you feel everything the characters are feeling. Her world building was okay, it could've been better but I feel like the reason she didn't focus so much on making her world perfect was that she had five other books to back her up. So, if you read her other books before this one, you are most likely to really enjoy the scenery of this one without too much explanation. I would recommend this book to anyone who's read her other books if you like Jay Kristoff, A Curse so Dark and Lonely, The Gilded Wolves. If you are 12 years old and older.
I was looking forward to reading this because I had such an amazing time reading the six of crows series but this one felt lacking. The pacing of the book was extremely slow and did not really pick up until the last 100 pages. I did not mind the point of view from multiple perspectives but I found two of them to be extremely boring or extremely slow paced. SPOILER!! . . . . . . . . What I loved about this book was Zoya's story. Her point of view was the one I mostly looked forward to reading. It was cool to see her train with the dragon! What I Did Not like.... A couple of things that made this book less enjoyable was Nina's point of views, and the ending, and the several mentioned of characters from the other series. I enjoyed reading about Nina in the Six of Crows series, but in this one she came off as being extremely selfish. She was told over and over again to not act on her own but she continued to disobey orders and put her companions in jeopardy. At first I did not mind the mentions of other characters from the other series but it became obnoxious and how no impact on the plot. The ending with the whole Darkling coming back was unnecessary and dumb. It just made the whole thing of Alina defeating him pointless. They already had many obstacles with the other countries on the verge of war. I just could not help but roll my eyes.