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.
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.
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!
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…
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.
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
This week I’ll talk about my favorite covers of 2019!
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
I finally boarded the Leigh Bardugo fan ship. After binge-reading all of the Grishaverse books I can’t wait for more material from her. Although all the covers were beautifully designed, my favorite is King of Scars. It’s golden, it shimmers, it’s smooth, it’s almost hypnotizing.
I have a little confession to make: I have a new obsession. I am currently super into book subscription boxes. As, by now, I’ve accumulated quite a few of them, I also have some stunning new books to read. The boxes I ordered mostly contained special editions of the novels included (sometimes with sprayed edges), so that’s where I got all the following picks!
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
I am currently reading this book and can’t help but to marvel at it every single time I pick it up. The cover is shimmering and I love the color combination. My copy came with sprayed edges in the same petrol color the background of the cover is and the edges glitter. Yes, you read correctly there is glitter.