King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

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


King of Scars

by Leigh Bardugo

(Nikolai Duology #1)

Hardcover, 514 pages
Published January 29th 2019

Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins

King of Scars – Leigh Bardugo


King of Scars – Leigh Bardugo



I’m not your usually YA fantasy reader, but sometimes I want to know what it’s all about and Leigh Bardugo is one of the authors I picked up last year. I actually started with her Six of Crows duology (Six of Crows #1) and really enjoyed the heist theme and the cast. It reminded me of Ocean’s Eleven – which is always a draw.

While going into King of Scars, I knew nothing about the Darkling or Nikolai. But I must say, I felt fine without reading the trilogy first. Of course parts of the history of the world and the different races went over my head, but the overall enjoyment of the book didn’t suffer much. It just wasn’t as fascinating as Six of Crows – but it’s hard to compete with a heist and Kaz (love KAZ he is my kind of hero).

But coming back to King of Scars, the author wove three different stories neatly together. Nikolai, Nina and Issak’s story.

Nikolai and Zoya have an interesting relationship that I can’t wait to explore more – and I wouldn’t mind seeing them end up together either. Their level of comfort with each other speaks volumes, even though Zoya is the one that is holding back the most, which makes her being so secretive even more interesting. Zoya’s growth throughout the book was maybe the most extensive of all. I can’t wait to see what else she is capable of doing. And the possibilities of Nikolai are immense as well, in the end all is open, and I’m excited for what’s to come.

Nina, after the ending of Crooked Kingdom, is on a journey of closure. And unknowingly starting her own quest, that will or will not come to completion in the next book. I understand why the author gave Nina the opportunity for closure, it just wasn’t a favorite part of the story. But the danger that she is getting into in the next book, has me sitting on the edge of my chair.

I liked how all three stories wove through the book, without really connecting, but still moving the storyline forward. The author certainly knows how to write a well written book, but she also has no issue killing people if it suits her storyline. Again, I’m reminded that getting invested with her characters is not the smartest or healthiest move.

I’m looking forward to the conclusion of Nikolai’s story, but I don’t think the author is done with her Grishaverse yet. There are more stories coming, since the different countries are on each others throats as much as ever.

The audiobook was excellent, can’t complain at all, and will probably continue with listening to her books on audio.

In the end, I’ll never be a YA fantasy enthusiast, I don’t feel the passion for this genre as others do. Give me a Pierce Brown trilogy and I’m blown away. Nevertheless I still enjoy these kind of books now and then, and I believe Leigh Bardugo will always be on my reading list.

King of Scars – Leigh Bardugo

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King of Scars - Leigh Bardugo

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.


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, 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. (To hear about new releases, tour dates, and giveaways first, sign up for Leigh’s newsletter here.) Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including The Best of 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, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and even makeup and special effects. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles.


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King of Scars – Leigh Bardugo

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