Review: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (and a giveaway!)


About the book:

Face your demons . . . or feed them.

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.

Review by Katy Haye:

Words are magic. You’re never going to persuade me otherwise. There are 26 letters in the English alphabet, from which we create thousands of words. And in the right hands, those words go straight through my eyeballs into my brain and my heart and my stomach to give me ALL the feels.

Leigh Bardugo is one of those “right” pairs of hands. I love her stories and the grishaverse world she’s created. King of Scars was every bit as wonderful as I might have hoped (okay, so I’ve got a particularly soft spot for Nikolai from Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, but even given that, King of Scars was amazing).

All the characters sprang to vivid life within a sentence or two. Nina made me cry; Nikolai and Zoya made me laugh; I wanted to give David and Genya a hug; and punch Brum hard in the face.

The plotting was immaculate, and I just loved the way both big, significant and tiny offhand elements came together beautifully (12 vs 18 strings, I’m looking at you!). Leigh Bardugo’s writing is perfection, I want to live in her books.

If you haven’t yet read a book by Leigh Bardugo, start today – you won’t regret it!

Grishaverse giveaway

Piranha Katy Haye is obsessed with Leigh Bardugo’s books. If you’re a fellow lover of all thing grisha, check out Katy’s giveaway: you can win a collector’s edition of Six of Crows, and a *signed* edition of King of Scars.

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