Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo (King of Scars #2)

Hey guys!
I was so excited for the second King of Scars book to be finally published but then I got swamped with work and didn’t have time to read it and after that other novels kept snagging my attention. Well, long story short I *finally* sat down to read Rule of Wolves!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

The Demon King. As Fjerda’s massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king’s gift for the impossible.

The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.

The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.

King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.

The Rating:

I have a tiny little problem. See, I was convinced that I wouldn’t need to re-read King of Scars because of course I’d remember everything going into this book. Of course I didn’t. I had essentially no memory of just about everything and was rather confused for a good amount of pages. After the new story jogged my memory, there were some things that came back to me, but others – still a total blank on my end. Oopsie!

Despite that little mishap on my end, I enjoyed the book a lot. There is so much going on – maybe too much.

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Book vs. TV Show: Shadow and Bone

Hello, lovelies!
Earlier this year it finally happened! Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels were finally adapted into a TV show and Netflix released the episodes. I was insanely excited about this, so let’s see whether it lives up to all the hype!

The Plot (according to RT):

Based on Leigh Bardugo’s worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone finds us in a war-torn world where lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov has just unleashed an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free. With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. There are dangerous forces at play, including a crew of charismatic criminals, and it will take more than magic to survive.

Shadow and Bone on RT and Goodreads

Book vs. TV Show:

So, let me say right away, this is a pretty good adaptation! I really enjoyed watching what we got so far but there a still a few things I need to criticize. But let’s start with the things I did like!

The casting is spot-on. Literally every character has found a perfect actor or actress to portray them. I honestly don’t know how they managed to pull this off but I couldn’t be happier about it. This was actually one of the main things I was concerned about for the adaptation as the casting can really make or break how it turns out. So, I’m very glad that they really nailed it.

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King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (Grishaverse #6)

Hello, readers!
With King of Scars we enter into a new duology written by Leigh Bardugo. Still set within the realm of the Grishaverse, this book (and the next one that is to come) focuses on a different bunch of characters than the Six of Crows novels – however, those characters are old friends!

The Plot:

Three years after the events of Ruin and Rising, Nikolai is King and tries to get Ravka on the right track. Being King is never an easy job, especially if there is a monster inside, just waiting to break free…

The Rating:

This was so good!
Although I was sad to leave Ketterdam and my favorite Murder Babies behind, I was also excited to see what King Nikolai is up to these days.

Unfortunately, nothing in Ravka is ever smooth sailing. Charming Nikolai is plagued by a monster and his conflict is expertly depicted in this book. I like how Leigh Bardugo allows her characters to evolve and how she gives them depth. It’s not only Nikolai in this novel but also Zoya about whom we learn so much more.

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Grishaverse #5)

Hello, my darling readers!
I was over the moon with Six of Crows and beyond ready to dive into a new adventure with my beloved Murder Babies. So, let’s get talking about Crooked Kingdom!

The Plot:

They did it. Kaz Brekker and his crew pulled off the most daring heist the world has ever seen. But they cannot seem to escape trouble. After being double-crossed they must once more fight for what they already earned – and take their revenge…

The Rating:

Crooked Kingdom is a rollercoaster of emotions. I laughed, I held my breath, I was in tears and my heart broke over the ending.

While Six of Crows was about one huge gig they pulled, Crooked Kingdom is about several intricate little cons that are part of the bigger plan concocted by criminal mastermind Kaz Brekker.
Seriously, how does Leigh Bardugo come up with this kind of stuff? The amount of thought that must have gone into this – it’s incredible.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Grishaverse #4)

Hey guys!
I finished the Shadow and Bone trilogy and was super excited to move forward in the Grishaverse. So, let’s dive right into Six of Crows!

The Plot:

Criminal mastermind Kaz Brekker wants to pull off the heist of a lifetime. Together with his trusted crew of outcasts, he has to break into the most impenetrable military stronghold there is, and that’s the easiest part of the plan…

The Rating:

I really liked the Shadow and Bone books, but I am in love with Six of Crows. One of the quotes on the back of the novel described the story as Game of Thrones meets Ocean’s Eleven, so how could that not be brilliant?

First of all, I adore all of the characters. Yes, they may be outcasts, murders, thieves, and gangsters, but they are my precious little murder babies.
I am seriously impressed by how intricate each of the characters is and with how much depth Leigh Bardugo managed to imbue them.
Every single one of them is unique, special and relatable. Can’t wait to read more out them!

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