King of Scars: return to the epic fantasy world of the Grishaverse, where magic and science collide Paperback – 5 March 2020
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- Publisher : Orion Children's Books (5 March 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1510104461
- ISBN-13 : 978-1510104464
- Dimensions : 12.8 x 4 x 19.6 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer reviews:
Unlike anything I've ever read ― Veronica Roth on the SHADOW AND BONE trilogy
Mesmerizing . . . shiver-inducing, of the delicious variety. This is what fantasy is for ― Laini Taylor on the SHADOW AND BONE trilogy
Bardugo outdoes herself with this book, creating the gorgeously built backdrop of Ketterdam and populating it with a sophisticated cast of rogues and criminals. A twisty and elegantly crafted masterpiece that thrilled me from beginning to end ― Holly Black on SIX OF CROWS
A delicious blend of masterfully executed elements... Bardugo outdoes herself in this exhilarating follow-up, and series fans will have their eyes glued to every page ― Booklist on CROOKED KINGDOM
Every story is superb, Leigh Bardugo has an honest, vibrant voice that's capable of unfolding her imaginings with true skill. Sara Kiplin's beautiful illustrations grow in complexity . . . making this a sumptuous feast for the mind and eyes ― SFX Magazine on THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS
About the Author
Leigh Bardugo is the number one New York Times bestselling author fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over one million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone trilogy, the Six of Crows duology and The Language of Thorns. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.
Find her website at www.leighbardugo.com and follow her on Twitter @lbardugo.
From the Publisher
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
The first in a duology
Set within the immersive world of the Grishaverse, King of Scars is a suspense-filled epic full of brilliantly written characters.
A gorgeous product
A portable paperback format with a gorgeous gold, embossed cover - the perfect treat for YA fantasy fans.
The duology continues...
The wolves are circling and the Grishaverse will never be the same again... Rule of Wolves is the explosive finale to the bestselling King of Scars duology.
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“If men were ashamed when they should be, they’d have no time for anything else.” ~ Leigh Bardugo
KING OF SCARS was my most anticipated read of 2019, and it did not disappoint. For those who haven’t yet been introduced to the Grishaverse, get acquainted (start with the Shadow and Bone trilogy, then move on to the Six of Crows duology), then find your way back here. Also, know that I’m jealous you get to read these fabulous books with fresh eyes.
For those who don’t know, Leigh Bardugo is one of my favorite authors of all time. I literally took the day off work to start in on King of Scars. When it arrived, I ran to the door, grabbed the package from off the floor (while the astounded Amazon deliveryman stared at me with wide, blinking eyes) and started to scream. I mean, little kid on Christmas scream. Between these giggles and high pitched shrieks, I thanked the man, dashed inside, and continued to dance around my living room and kitchen, clutching the package and hopping up and down like a little bird trying to take flight. I was that excited.
I was this excited because Leigh Bardugo, without fail, writes stories I want to read, stories I feel were made just for me. Her characters are rich and her world building beautiful. She explores things I’m interested in: different cultures and customs; different languages; different relationships; different loves. But most of all, she is honest. Her writing is honest, and so are her realities. Even in a fantasy realm, she doesn’t cop-out. She doesn’t engage in dishonest tropes and parlor tricks simply to appease the masses. She keeps it real. Oh, and she’s funny. Did I mention how funny her writing can be?
King of Scars was no different. Within the first chapter, I was transported. Whisked away, back to Ravka, back to Nikolai, back to the home of the Grisha. I loved King of Scars because it was familiar in a way that Leigh’s writing has become familiar to me. It’s not only the characters, but it’s the truth she speaks. It’s a familiarity that changes, too evolving naturally, because Leigh is one of those writers who seems to always get better. With every story she spins, I see her evolution as a writer, and to me, that is more enchanting even than the Grishaverse. Leigh is the kind of author I aspire to be. And King of Scars is the kind of book I want to write. Let’s just hope that when I do, I can get a cover half as eye catching!
While going into King of Scars, I knew nothing about the Darkling or Nikolai. But I must say, I felt fine without reading the trilogy first. Of course parts of the history of the world building and the different races went over my head, but the overall enjoyment of the book didn’t suffer much. It just wasn’t as fascinating as Six of Crows – but it’s hard to compete with a heist and Kaz (love KAZ he is my kind of hero).
But coming back to King of Scars, the author wove three different stories neatly together. Nikolai, Nina and Issak’s story.
Nikolai and Zoya have an interesting relationship that I can’t wait to explore more – and I wouldn’t mind seeing them end up together either. Their level of comfort with each other speaks volumes, even though Zoya is the one that is holding back the most, which makes her being so secretive even more interesting. Zoya’s growth throughout the book was maybe the most extensive of all. I can’t wait to see what else she is capable of doing. And the possibilities of Nikolai are immense as well, in the end all is open, and I’m interested in what’s to come.
Nina, after the ending of Crooked Kingdom, is on a journey of closure. And unknowingly starting her own quest, that will or will not come to completion in the next book. I understand why the author gave Nina the opportunity for closure, it just wasn’t a favorite part of the story. But the danger that she is getting into in the next book, has me wanting to read more.
I liked how all three stories wove through the book, without really connecting, but still moving the storyline forward. The author certainly knows how to write a well written book, but she also has no issue killing people if it suits her storyline. Again, I’m reminded that getting invested with her characters is not the smartest or healthiest move.
All in all King of Scars was slower, and more similar with the first trilogy than the action pact Six of Crows. I wasn't wowed by it, but I wasn't bored by it either, it was just ok. The excitement that I felt for Six of Crows and its incredibly charismatic leader Kaz was missing - and it was felt.
The return of The Darkling emphasize this reviewer's belief that this book was more about making money than telling a good story. The original story arc ended beautufully. Bringing him back felt like a cheap character return on a daytime soap opera. It also dimished the beauty of Alina's life and sacrifices.
Nina, goes from loving a strong very masculine man to bring a lesbian in less than a few months? Only believable in this strange new "grishaverse. I'll admit I was thankful that story line was a separate part and allowed me to continue to skip by it once I understood the authors love story goal. I tolerated Tamar and thought it was the author checking off the box for political correctness, but this was a third of the book. I am of firm belief that readers should be informed in advance of homosexual or other LGBTQ relationships in a story. At a minimum of should be declared as having mild, mid or strong content in this area or only list the book in that book category. For people generally so adamant on choice, there is an unusual desire to force this content on others.
In summation, if you want a disappointing run on of what was a great story, waste $10 on this book.