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Review: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Title: King of Scars

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy

In short: This book was too short!

Minor spoilers

Well, well, well what a whirlwind! It feels like forever that I’ve been waiting to get my hands on King of Scars. In fact, I’ve totally been waiting for it since I was first introduced to Nikolai in the Grisha Trilogy (yes, it was insta-love). But now I’ve read it I can’t help but feel a little underwhelmed. I mean, sure there were parts of this book which I loved, but there were some other parts of it which had me questioning.

For starters, there are three points of view in this book.  I mean, we’d all asked for a book about Nikolai, but somehow we ended up with one about Nikolai and Nina and Zoya (plus some other random guy). That said there wasn’t too much wrong with this. I loved reading Nina’s chapters, (although they appear completely unconnected to Nikolai’s narrative at this point). I also started to like Zoya after reading from her point of view for so long. The chapters with the random guy, well – I wasn’t thrilled with them.

Something else that disappointed me was how nothing much actually seemed to happen in this book. It felt more like reading three separate short stories than one big novel. I was wanting this book to be gigantic, I wanted it to be mind-blowing. I wanted it to rock me to the core. But it just didn’t. (And please, don’t get me started on the reappearance of that character. Or the whole end section. That was weird.)

Anyway, I’m making this sound all bad. But it wasn’t. Here are a few things I actually liked about this book.


That’s why we all bought the book…right? I actually would have liked to have spent more time with him in this book – but well we get what we’re given right?


Okay. So her chapters weren’t really connected to the main story.  But I loved them anyway. It was cool to see her character develop further after the events at the end of Crooked Kingdom.

The writing (this is actually why I love Leigh Bardugo so much)

Some of my favourite quotes from this book included:

“Little red bird, let me go.”

“To be fair, I’ve considered killing over the last sweet roll.”

“I am Nikolai Lantsov, privateer and king.”

So, it wasn’t all bad. If you’re a Grishaverse fan, by all means you should read this book. There are quite a few moments within it which make it all worth it.

I’m rating this one 3/5 stars.





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