🎧 Review: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

After Crooked Kingdom ate my heart up and spat it out, I needed to read this immediately for some reassurances that everything would be ok…..is that weird?!!


Title: King of Scars

Series: Nikolai Duology 1 (Grishaverse 6)

Author: Leigh Bardugo


Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

This was everything I dreamed about!

And my review is entitled: ‘4 reasons I am giddy about this book’!!

Nikolai and Zoya – so wanted these 2 together. I hated Zoya in the beginning of the Grishaverse trilogy but slowly warmed up to her. In this book I loved her!

Nina and Nikolai – yes I know what I said above but my gawd I also wanted Nina with Nikolai! She absolutely broke my heart in this book. She deserves this. As you can tell I am still apoplectic at the injustice of what happened in Crooked Kingdom!

Nikolai – I mean come on. He is simply the best character out of all these books, even better than The Darkling. Yes. I went there.

Nikolai’s personality – witty, charming, intelligent, vulnerable and he is a King! What more could you want?

Yes I know my 4 giddy reasons all contain Nikolai and I do not care. I love him. In my opinion Alina should’ve shot Mal and married Nikolai!!!!!

But can we just talk about that ending? No. No I cant. I actually cant talk about it as my jaw is still on the floor.