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(EN) Review: Leigh Bardugo – King Of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1)

Today I will be reviewing probably the most anticipated book of 2019, King Of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. Personally, I have been waiting for this book for about a year, but I was a little nervous since Crooked Kingdom highly disappointed me. Was King Of Scars able to live up to the hype?

(EN) Review: Leigh Bardugo – King Of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1)King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Published by Imprint on January 29, 2019
Pages: 528
ISBN: 1250142288
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four-half-stars

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.


The answer to my question stated in the first paragraph is HELL YES! I have to admit that some parts could have been excecuted better, but overall King Of Scars lived up to the hype for me. I am glad that I didn’t DNF Crooked Kingdom – although I really wanted to – because you absolutely CANNOT read King Of Scars without having read all the books in the Grisha Verse (okay except Language Of Thorns). If you dive into this book without finishing one of the series you would give yourself major spoilers and you will find yourself majorly lost and confused at the end of the first chapter already.

This book felt like a reunion with the entire Grisha verse and two worlds collided in this book. Yes, all characters from the original Grisha trilogy and Six Of Crows came together. At least, some of the last series.. And this is immideately the weakest point of the book, because I couldn’t see where Nina’s story was leading to and how this was intertwined with Nikolai’s story. I hope we will find out about that in the next book, because it felt a little odd to me now. Personally I think Nina deserved her own novella because her story was more suitable for that.

Basically King Of Scars was the story as in the Grisha trilogy, with the writing and multiple POV’s like Six Of Crows. This book has a slow start, but really picks up at the halfway mark. That was my second issue with this book, it took me some time to get into it. However, the last half made all up for it and gave my rating a huge boost. Can we talk about the ending? Yes, of course we can, in a spoiler section.

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So, yes, this book lived up to the hype for me, although I can understand why people are disappointed.


Have you read King Of Scars and did it live up to the hype for you?

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