King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. Review

Title: King of Scars

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Format read: Hardback

Publication Date: 29th January 2019

Page Count: 508 Pages

Publisher: Orion Children’s Books

Genre: fantasy

Star rating: 🌟🌟🌟

Spoiler warning: no spoilers for this book but some for the Grishaverse trilogy and the SoC duology.

Synopsis: King of Scars is set after the events of both the Grishaverse trilogy and the Six of Crows duology. It follows the characters; Nikolai now king of Ravka, Zoya now his general and advisor and Nina Zenik the grisha from from the Six of Crows books. Nikolai with Zoya’s help is trying to rid himself of the monster The Darkling planted inside him and Nina is trying to rescue grisha kidnapped and under the influence of Parem.

I’m going to divide this into what I did and didn’t like because I had such mixed feelings about it.

What I liked: this was better than the Grishaverse trilogy which I found incredibly dull. I did feel like I got Nikolai’s sense of humour more, and Zoya’s character who I didn’t like in the Grishaverse has really grown on me as well. The action was fast and made it a page turner towards the end and I loved seeing Nina again. I think it did build up for further novels and it did hold my interest.

What I didn’t like: the book was a little slow at times, there was a lot of build up before it got to the action. None of the chapters really felt like they were going anywhere and where the different perspectives did give a unique insight into each character’s head it was also a bit distracting at times to keep swapping.

Conclusion: this book basically felt like a prologue, it’s left me wanting more but wasn’t as good as I expected based on that incredible cover!


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