King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo | Review

“The monster is me and I am the monster”





Nikolai Lantsov is back, fighting his demons which have multiplied since the Civil War in his world. Nikolai’s struggled are a secret, a secret that he intends to keep. His borders have weakened and his enemies are taking over, the King must stop the threat before it gets out of hand. With the help of some of the best Grisha’s in Ravka Nikolai will risk everything to save his country and himself.


I am so disappointed by this book. I did not enjoy the Shadow and Bone trilogy, however I absolutely adored the Six of Crows duology. King of Scars just did not excite me. I feel like 500 plus pages for this plot was far too much and I found myself becoming quite bored throughout, I didn’t feel my usual drive to pick the book up as I do with other fantasy series.

Zoya is definitely my spirit animal. I hated her in the Shadow and Bone trilogy however in this book I fell in love with her. She has so much sass, but you definitely saw her character grow and saw a completely different side to her. “I’m at my most murderous on an empty stomach” YES ZOYA. I am definitely not the only person to relate to her on this.

Also, there is a dragon. A dragon that talks. Now that is my ideal character. We need more talking dragons in fantasy books please.

I love how Leigh Bardugo develops her characters, you definitely feel connected to them and they are easy to love. However I feel like she really missed a trick with the development of Nina and Nikolai. I don’t feel like I saw enough of them and what I did see of them didn’t interest me and didn’t keep me hooked. I think this is what disappointed me most because I was so excited to read more about Nikolai but just didn’t feel content with what the book gave me.

Whilst, I think I more or less guessed the ending I do feel like it was a good ending and it has made me want to pick up the next book. I’m not necessarily excited by it but I am definitely intrigued.

I would recommend you read this book because I do feel like I am in the minority. I do not recommend that you read this book before you read the Shadow and Bone trilogy as there are many references that you will not understand.


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