Much AND HE IS STYLISH AND FUNNY AS EVER I also felt we learnt a lot about him His character was definitely given a depth that wasn t there before and I think his inner turmoil regarding Ravka and how he came to identify with Ravka as a solider constntly at war was a really interesting development for him And definitely added a complexity to his character and his role as a king But even though I did enjoy his arc overall and I loved following him but it didn t hit as hard for me as Nina and Zoya s perspective I think Zoya especially just had such a strong voice in this and it definitely seemed to overshadow Nikolai at times Despite that I m not mad about it at all I think Zoya has such a strong narrative in this book it doesn t matter if Nikolai s fell down a little She was one of my favourite Grisha characters and I found her backstory really interesting It was so nice to have her perspective on the Civil War and to see her relationship with Nikolai Although I really like Nikolai I was interested in getting back in this world then seeing him particularly so for me this book still worked though if you re a die hard Nikolai fan I can see why it might not as muchThere was also some romance things going on which I am going to talk about those in my discussion Who would speak for Liliyana for Genya and Alina and Baghra if she did not Who will speak for me One final thing want to mention that I LOVED before we get into some issues was the theming and discussions around agency and what makes a villain King of Scars looks a lot at the repercussions of war and how The Darkling impacted each characters life The focus on how the state and states at war treat women as expendable and how each characters trauma is dismissed was something I really enjoyed Zoya s est to reclaim and hold on to her agency and Nina s Descent into Chaos uest to give voice to victims was something I REALLY LOVED and haven t seen many people talk about much Lay down the thorn boy king Haven t you earned a bit of rest Aren t you tired He was Saints he was He thought he had grownsed to his scars but he had never grasped how much of his will it would take to hide them He had fought and sacrificed and bled He had gone long days without rest and long nights without comfort All for Ravka all for an ideal he would never attain and a country that would never care Okay lets get into the issues which for me was the plot pretty much the entire way through part two excluding Nina s chapters I just didn t like it For me the plot became kind of too outlandish and I felt the ending was definitely rushed The careful set p and the way Leigh Bardugo had seemed to plot things out with precision really fell apart for me I found everything that happened with the world a bit too wacky I also HATED the ending I cannot say what happened without spoiling but it is one of my most hated tropes ever and I am SICK of books doing it So while I felt I should have been excited for the seuel now I m kinda just worried I also think the ending does such a disservice to some of her previous works I am going to go much into depth on this in my discussion so stay tunedOverall King of Scars definitely delivered what I was looking for in the majority of the book It was so nice to get back into the Grisha world and catch p with these characters who we haven t really seen in a long time I thoroughly enjoyed Nina s plot and the focus on dealing with the conseuences of the civil war that destroyed Ravka Leigh Bardugo is a really strong YA fantasy author and I think I will always enjoy her works However part two did fall apart a bit for me and the ending was something "i hate so that definitely detracted from the "hate So that definitely detracted from the for me Overall though I found this extremely enjoyable and had all the hallmarks of a Bardugo book I love strong characters great worldbuilding excellent political intrigue and lush writing that sucks me right into the world She wished she had Inej s gift for spywork or Kaz s gift for scheming but she only seemed to have Jesper s gift for bad decisions OH AND ON THAT NOTE EVERY SIX OF CROWS REFERENCE HAD MY HEART GROWING FIVE SIZES Lesser animals whined and struggled when they d been caught in a snare The fox found a way out I clambered for this book I read the preview chapters the instant they came out and raged when my Book Depository preorder didn t arrive on the release day Y U do this to me every time BD I thought we were tightJust a note this book is not very accessible to readers new to the Grishaverse I guarantee you ll be confused Six of Crows was accessible because it featured a new location and entirely new characters King of Scars has lots of references to previous seriesIf I had to sum The Icarus Girl up King of Scars in a single word it would be meandering Six of Crows is superb suspenseful tight plotting King of Scars feelsnderconceptualized as if Bardugo simply wanted to write a book about Nikolai but didn t have enough meat for a fully realized plot Nikolai s chapters were actually nderwhelming The humor I fell in love with back in the original trilogy didn t land nearly as well and his character arc though satisfying seems typical and one note With that being said I did enjoy learning about his past We see him grow from idolizing Vasily to realizing his brother is not the king Ravka needs He befriends a common soldier on the front and that shapes him into the kind witty privateer Alina meets It is Zoya who really steals the show I maintain she was originally was meant to be a two dimensional Mean Girl but Bardugo does a fine job in adding depth to her character without making it appear forced Her petty cruelty in Shadow Bone is explained by her
"being young and "young and and a desire to test her beauty on men We all do stupid things when we re teenagers Coming back to Zoya a few years later feels right like rereading your old fanfiction bio shudders and comparing it to the person you are now We also get a concrete reason for why Zoya abandoned the Darkling to side with Alina back Her character arc is beautiful and far potent than Nikolai s imoNina s a bit of an outlier here She s deep ndercover in Fjerda with Adrik and Leoni the Grisha girl Jesper s mom saved She s still grieving for Matthias and I admit I slightly teared p when Nina finally lays his body to rest My main complaint is that her primary character development is letting Matthias go and we already knew that was going to happen at the end of Crooked Kingdom Most of what happens during her chapters is simply a long extension what happens during her chapters is simply a long extension stuff that seems given with minimum surprises There s a fourth POV character called Isaak too I won t say too much about his role in the book except I enjoyed his storyline the most next to Zoya s view spoilerI m a sucker for court politics hide spoiler He straightened the la. ?s coffers forge new alliances and stop a rising threat to the once great Grisha ArmyYet 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 Sualler Nikolai. The time that passesthe I realize that I did not and do not care about this bookI was excited for it for no real reason Not only did I not finish the Grisha trilogy I DNFed the second book one of maybe 7 times I have ever ever done that in my whole life I actually could not even force myself through itI had a passing interest in Nikolai but that s mostly because everyone on the internet screams about him and there are VERY few things I love than jumping on a bandwagon I wanna be one of the cool kids you guys Let me sit at the popular kids table I can be into the same things you re intoHere s the issue The thing that makes Nikolai a good character in the Grisha trilogy is his sassy side character energy He doesn t have to have a real Serious Character Development Arc because he s there to be fun and snarky and a royal roguish pirate What a combination So good on paperBut then you give him a whole duology and we have to careee about his internal monologueeee We have to want to know how he feels and why and what Tragic Thing In His Past That Is Always Dad Related is making him act the way he isI don t care about why sassy side characters are sassy I just need the sass to propel me through a five hundred page high fantasy plotline I only sparingly care aboutThat s the issue with this whole book It s an elaborate plot that takes about 250 pages or so to find itself and figure out what the hell is going on and then it gets weirder and confusing but no interesting or fast paced It s like 500 pages of world building for a world we already know It is difficult to care about this It is even difficult when you do not care about a single one of the charactersI have high standards for Leigh Bardugo characters Maybe that isn t fair I definitely didn t give two shts about a single person in the whole Grisha trilogy Grishaverse and in fact craved a brutal death for each and every one of them so I could a be rescued from the crushing monotony of their bratty thoughts and feelings and b actually be interested due to there being a single action packed or exciting moment But I DID love Six of Crows Oh god did I love that gang Well really I loved like three of them which is approximately a 50% success rate which is a failing grade But for ME that s an A Because never do I ever like three characters in one bookHoweverI didn t like any of them in this one soThere are like a million characters in this book who are given traits and characterization by which I mean maybe 10 or 15 but they all still feel so boring None of them are my cup of tea If any of them fell off a cliff at any given point in this book or the next my reaction would be Okay Fine Not even mild surprise Just acceptanceBecause to reiterate I did not care about this book I did not care about its plot and I did not care about a single characterAnd yes I ll read the next bookBottom line I D O N T C A R EBut I ll try to pre reviewthis book has left me a shell of the person i sed to bereview to come 25 stars yes i am reading this book and no i haven t read the grisha trilogy it s called living on the edge you should try it sometime me yeah nikolai is ok i guess but the grisha books are garb geleigh bardugo announces nikolai duologyme instantly Nikolai had always Marie Antoinette understood that he and Ravka were the same He just hadn tnderstood how He was not the crying child or even the drowning man He was the forever soldier eternally at war nable to ever lay down his arms and heal Maybe because he knew he and his country were the same MY SPOILERY DISCUSSION WHICH TALKS ABOUT THIS BOOK MORE IN DEPTH CAN BE FOUND HERE It was angry hungry full of broken animal longing Though Nikolai might not like it those things were all a part of him still Like calls to like Fair Warning this review is going to have a million otes because this book was written SO BEAUTIFULLY and Leigh please lend me an OUNCE of your talent I think anyone who is in the YA book community knows just how big a deal this book getting announced was Every single Programming in Objective C update on Goodreads was people adding or talking about it twitter was going off and speculation and theory videos kept on poppingp as and info got announced I was 100% a part of this hype Crooked Kingdom was one of the best books I ever read and that entire duology owns my heart I also actually really enjoyed The Grisha Trilogy for its political intrigue expansive world and interesting character who still inspire debate in the community even now Needless to say I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this book for Beyond Band of Brothers uite some time And it kind of failed to livep to my expectations But it also way surpassed them in some regardsKing of Scars splits perspective between three main characters Zoya Nina and Nikolai There is also other perspectives but I cannot say much without spoiling We follow each after the events of Crooked Kingdom Nikolai and Zoya are trying to protect Ravka from threat from their bordering nations and rally the Grisha to support their country Nina is living in Fjerda The Water Of Life under the kings orders to find and protect Grisha but also to fulfil her promise to Matthias to bury him back in his homelandFor me the first part of King of Scars was much stronger than the second The focus on politics in the first half was something I really enjoyed It had the same feel as Grisha but on a international scale I enjoyed that Bardugo keptp the intricacies of international politics established in Six of Crows but brought back original trilogy influences such as the power the church has within state affairs and Nikolai s precarious position as ruler due to his family lineage The political games and Nikolai trying to control the trajectory of Ravka when faced with great outside threat was easily my favourite aspect of this book If you enjoyed the original trilogy for its political intrigue I think you will definitely like thisNina s chapters in this were my favourites which I am shocked is apparently an The Year of Living Biblically unpopular opinion I don t want to say too much because you can t without getting into the spoilery realms but her role and what she wasp to especially in the second "half WAS THE BEST In Six of Crows Nina talks a lot "WAS THE BEST In Six of Crows Nina talks a lot being a soldier and a Nationalist And Her Love For Ravka And and her love for Ravka and think we saw that here I want even in book 2 Call me Grisha Call me zowa Call me death if you like Lets talk about characters I actually really enjoyed all three perspectives here Nina as mentioned was a joy and while she wasn t one of my favourite perspectives in Six of Crows she really won me over in thisNikolai and Zoya were both enjoyable too I have seen criticism that this book didn t have Nikolai in it that much and I don t agree I think he was in it ite a bit although his perspectives were perhaps the weakest Although he was fun to follow and I love him so. 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?. .
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Pels of his velvet coat and winked It s not exciting if nothing can go wrong I feel really disappointed that King of Scars one of my most anticipated books of 2019 was only a 3 star read for me I m not sure if I m being harsh or generous honestly It wasn t a bad book Bardugo keeps growing as a writer and she especially shines with her dialogue I liked the characters and relationship dynamics I loved the funny snarky conversations I just felt like this book was so slow in parts 500 pages is on the heftier side for a YA book and I felt the drag of most of themSix of Crows and Crooked Kingdom are great books in my opinion I love the heisting and shenanigans I think they re really tightly plotted and I can 100% nderstand what I m reading for Here the plot meandered Nikolai s efforts to rid himself of his monster seemed to get lost somewhere and Nina s mission to find grisha felt open ended and directionless it reminded me of Mare s journey in Glass Sword which I really dislikedThere s a real lack of focus for a lot of this book Romance is minimal which is sually a good thing but here it might have added a much needed hook I didn t feel like either Nikolai s or Nina s stories provided a significant conflict or mystery ntil the very end I was also bored by Isaak s chaptersI started King of Scars on such a high convinced I would love it 100 pages in I made a note saying not much has happened 200 pages in I made another note saying lots of Grishaverse recap and flashbacks little plot progression It s a very long time For the Love of All Thats Holy, Dont Buy a Boat When Venus is in Retrograde until the story really goes anywhereThis all sounds really negative but it was saved somewhat by how much I enjoy this world and the characters Zoya is especially interesting Unlike some Iite liked the ending and I m intrigued by the possible romantic directions the seuels could take If only this book didn t feel like one very long prologueBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Updated with my opinions on the End Spoilers are hidden within a spoiler tagHello all and meet my ghost who is currently writing this reviewFirst of all I think there will be plenty of people who are not thrilled with the end but I am LIVING for it and I ll list my reasons at the bottom of this review Scary Stories 3 under the spoiler tag However I did have some issues like the pacing and I ll talk about them below but overalleen Leigh is so freaking brilliant I am in The Penguin Atlas of Endangered Species utter and complete shock I had to reread the last chunk about 10 times before the ending sunk in I screamed my throat raw scared my cat and practically passed outFirst of all an absolute massive standing ovation to Lauren Fortgang who narrated this book on audio and blessed me with her talent I absolutely 10000% recommend the audio version and this goes for the original trilogy too which she also narrated The audiobooks are outstanding Yes I amnhealthily obsessed and Lauren if you read this I am sorryThat also leads me to my next point you DEFINITELY need to read the original trilogy Shadow and Bone before reading this which is legit one of my all time favorite series I also recommend reading Six of Crows because a main character and massive spoilers are in this book for her Basically please read through all the Grishaverse books You won t regret it and if you don t you will be spoiled for all of themAlright back to this barely coherent reviewI love everything about my precious son Nikolai and like always he is absolute perfection I ve been BEGGING for this book for the longest time But I definitely had some issues with parts of the book mostly about certain plot points that had me scratching my head a bit Some parts were slow Now that I m finished I think some of those bits are growing on me but I gotta say sadly that I found myself a bit bored at TIMES BELOW BUT LISTEN LEIGH IS below But listen Leigh is favorite author I freaking adore everything she writes Her worldbuilding is absolutely astounding and her characters are just I can t I love them So that paired with the ENDING THAT KILLED ME is the reason I am rating this five stars een Leigh deserves nothing less I admire her endlessly I think I ll enjoy this even the second time around especially now that "I Know What She "know what she building towards One risks looking less like a monarch and like a hostage You have emissaries to manage these matters of state Zoya had argued ambassadors nderlings The public may forget how handsome I am Let s break it downNina This is where I had a hard time I love her I REALLY do so much She s hysterical and super relatable not to mention a great role model for girls She s the friend I wish I had growing Tono Bungay up But I found myself dozing off during her chapters I m not going to say much since we re right at the release but she s away from Nikolai co on some mission in Fjerda and it seemed to drag and drag I was so excited to see her interact with my crew Genya David Zoya etc but alas she s occupied Don t get me wrong she has some great moments and some teary ones for sure especially if you know the ending of Crooked Kingdom she s still dealing with this But I just didn t love her chapters That being said I m 1000% stoked to see the moments I craved in the seuelNikolaiMy golden son I said it above but he s perfection He s witty clever smart mouthed in the best way and all around charming assual Belt Magical Sweet Mermaid up those pants friends otherwise he ll charm them right off If you ve followed his story you know what happened to him in RR so obviously he s dealing with that as a major plot point of this bookeue Britt sobbing into her tea What made me the most sad though was for a book titled King of Scars I feel like we didn t get ENOUGH of him He didn t have that many POV chapters and it felt like Zoya s book tbh But even still he s a freaking badass and always manages to steal the show The two clever fox I knew this and he STILL shocked me out of my seat than once And the end bites fist zips lips before I explode Ahhhghghghgh on this lowerZoya I like her but I haven t fallen in love with her I will say this though she grew on me a lot and Leigh wrote her character arc beautifully In fact that s the focus of her chapters we find out so much about her past and what really went on from her perspective during the Grisha Trilogy All that and she had some truly fantastic moments I loved the banter between her and Nikolai Now I know some of you are wondering about the ships so I m going to post my thoughts in the spoiler tag view spoiler Alright so yes she and Niko are flirting a good chunk of the book I knew this going in but I m not sure how I feel about it It feels a TAD forced But listen Leigh has never disappointed me before and this book certainly isn t all about me she can write what she wants so I m trying to keep an open mind Basically I just want our dearest King to be happy He deserves it so much hide spoile. Will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanuish 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 he.