King of Scars (Signed B&N Exclusive Book) (King of Scars Duology Series #1)

King of Scars (Signed B&N Exclusive Book) (King of Scars Duology Series #1)

by Leigh Bardugo

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Overview

Enter the Grishaverse with the instant #1 New York Times-bestseller King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo.

"[Bardugo] touches on religion, class, family, love — all organically, all effortlessly, all cloaked in the weight of a post-war reckoning with the cost (literal and figurative) of surviving the events that shape both people and nations." —NPR

"The story exists at an intersection of past and future selves, and in the dawning understanding that what you most fear may be what you most need." —Washington Post

Face your demons...or feed them. The dashing young king, 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, Nikolai 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 general, 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.

An Imprint Book

"Dark, beautifully written, and full of characters who instantly get inside of your head, the first book in this new duology is an instant classic." —PopSugar

"Why You’ll Love It: … Leigh Bardugo continues to breathe new life into her lush fantasy world, and it’s impossible to resist reading every single one.
For Fans of: Fantasy authors like Susan Dennard and Sabaa Tahir." —Paste

"A richly detailed and refreshingly diverse world inhabited by individuals who, for all their magical talents, are resonantly human." —The Washington Post

"Deadly clever political intrigue, heart-stopping adventure, memorable characters, and several understated, hinted-at romances (how will we wait?!) come together in one glorious, Slavic-folklore infused package. Bardugo's star continues to rise." —Booklist, starred review

"The sharp dialogue and lovable characters continue to enthrall and bewitch long past the final chapter. With twists and revelations cleverly dispersed up until the very last page, this novel is a must-have for any book shelf." —School Library Journal, starred review

The Grishaverse will be coming to Netflix soon with Shadow and Bone, an original series!

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250625304
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 11/16/2019
Series: King of Scars Duology Series , #1
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 5,295
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over three million copies sold worldwide, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars—with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including The Best of Tor.com and the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and the forthcoming Ninth House. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles

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King of Scars 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
alyzzp More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the other Grishaverse books. In this book, Nikolai has to grapple with his demon and ultimately defeat it. Nina has to find her way after the death of her beloved. The main problem lies in the first part of the book, titled The Drowning Man. Which is aptly named, because reading it felt like I was drowning in a huge mess of boringness and exasperation and never-ending exposition. Virtually no plot advancements are made and it gives you a feeling of being stuck in an infinite loop of redundancy, or thick, gloopy mud. In one word, the book is boring. There is no plot complexity and the ending was a bit repetitive. I'd rather take break-ins, thugs, drugs, and heists any day. However, the second part does get better - quite a lot better, actually. Nina's storyline is quite fascinating, as you'll soon find after you brave through the first half.
Kibbyra 10 months ago
Actual Rating: 3.75 Stars While King of Scars didn’t land true for me, it is still filled with the beautiful writing and character building that we have come to expect from Bardugo.
DeediReads More than 1 year ago
“Stop punishing yourself for being someone with a heart. You cannot protect yourself from suffering. To live is to grieve. You are not protecting yourself by shutting yourself off from the world. You are limiting yourself.” It’s hard to write a review about this book without spoilers, because all I want to do is talk about my ~feelings.~ For those unfamiliar, King of Scars is book 1 of a new duology set in the Grishaverse, following the Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology. I love these characters so much, and getting so many of them back into my life was a true delight. I actually had the extreme pleasure (and luck?) of meeting Leigh Bardugo last week at BookCon as she signed my copies of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. (Still squealing internally, btw.) The conversation went like this: Leigh: Hi! How are you? Me: Great, how are you? Leigh: Great! Me: So I finished King of Scars, literally last week. So … ouch. Leigh: [laughs, looks devious] I mean I’m sorry … but also, I’m not. Then we took a pic and it was over. Amazing. ANYWHOOO, quick spoiler-free synopsis (assuming you’ve read SaB and SoC): We’re about one year out from the events of Crooked Kingdom, and Nikolai Lantsov is king of Ravka. The good news is that Zoya, Tolya and Tamar, and Genya and David are his close advisors and we get lots of these lovely characters. The bad news is that the dark creature he used to be is somehow back, coming out at night. They have to figure out how to get rid of the beast once and for all — oh, and keep the rest of Ravka from knowing that any of this is going on. Meanwhile, Nina is in Fjerda on a secret mission to help Grisha escape persecution. She’s also very lost in her grief. She and her two fellow soldiers find themselves in a small town with a mystery — poisoned water, missing girls, and an old ammunitions factory. I think you see where this is going. All in all, this book was a fun one to read. Old characters are just as lovable … and new characters are too. Nikolai’s story moved faster than Nina’s story, but it feels like Nina’s story is going to be really important in book 2. It’s a big-looking book, but it read quite quickly. We got a much, much deeper look into Nikolai and Zoya’s characters in this book, because both of them have POV chapters. Nikolai is wrestling with himself — his actual self, not the person he used to be or wishes he was — and Zoya is grappling with the fact that she was used, abused, and discarded by the Darkling, whom she completely revered. She’s so angry with herself and him. I never knew I needed Zoya’s backstory in my life, but now that I’m getting it, I can’t believe I never had it before. And Nina — ugh, Nina. How my heart breaks for you, and how awestruck I am by your strength. And hopeful for your future. These characters are round, and devastating, and hilarious, and crafted so lovingly. I can’t help but root for them with my whole heart. And the ending — OOF. Prepare yourself. Oh wait, you definitely can’t. Well, mentally prepare yourself to be unprepared for your emotions at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked how Bardugo took some of the more interesting, less explored characters from her earlier books and really let them shine in this one. Zoya, Nina, and Nikolai all have their own baggage and distinct personalities, and it really just brought them all to life for me. I can’t wait for the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will love everything in the Grisha universe. No surprise there. Especially with Nikolai.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing work! I expect (and desire) more work of yours soon!!
Jdp15 More than 1 year ago
I loved it so much!
JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
I’ve been excited about this book for months! I’m so glad I finally got to read it. It’s been a while since I read Six of Crows and the Grisha trilogy, so it took me a few chapters to get oriented in the story. It was a little confusing because there are characters from both series in this one, so I had to remember what happened in both series to understand this one. This story was so thrilling. It was so hard to put down because there were a lot of plot twists. This book followed different perspectives, like the Six of Crows series, including Nina, Nikolai, and Zoya. We get to learn a lot about their histories. These were some of the most interesting characters so I’m glad they were the focus of this book. This is a fabulous story! I recommend reading the Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology before reading this book, since those characters appear in this book. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.5 This took me a disappointingly long time. It took me a bit to get into it, and I didn't like Nikolai as much. We see more of his uncertainty-- his battling with demons-- and much less his suave, cocky, hilarious self. It's much more real in this aspect, but it was not as fun. I loved all the little mentions, here and there, of other characters we've loved. It doesn't feel forced the way it does when they bring back a beloved tv show for one more season, but natural. We occasionally think of people who have been important from our past, these characters do, too. I'm really looking forward to the next one. I want to see where this is going and there are so many wonderful paths to follow.
Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
“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.’”
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Deniareads More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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