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King of Scars

(Nikolai Duology #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  6,288 ratings  ·  2,298 reviews
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 with
Kindle Edition, 527 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Imprint
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a faraway memory ♕ i love zoya, nikolai, and the idea of them together. even though she seems like the complete opposite of what nikolai “needs”, i think she’s a lot…morei love zoya, nikolai, and the idea of them together. even though she seems like the complete opposite of what nikolai “needs”, i think she’s a lot more suited to post-r&r nikolai than anyone else is, mostly because she knows what he’s been through and because she knows exactly who she is and what she wants. either way, we’ll be able to see a lot more of zoya’s qualities and motivations in this upcoming book (since it seems like she’ll be a pov character), outside of the descriptions of other characters who, inexplicably, have some sort of bias (alina & matthias, for example: the former resents zoya for most of the series for her looks, powers, and for seducing mal, while the latter still had internalized prejudice against most grisha).(less)
Janett Will Zoya be Nikolai's love interest? With her sultry persona and Nikolai's suave, bad boy vibe...I can totally see fireworks!
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Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Updated with my opinions on the End! (Spoilers are hidden within a spoiler tag)

Hello all, and meet my ghost, who is currently writing this review.

First 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 under the spoiler tag). However - I did have some issues (like the pacing), and I'll talk about them below, but overall, Queen Leigh is so freaking brilliant. I am in utter and complete sh
Emily May
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
He straightened the lapels 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
شيماء ✨
[softly, from under a pile of blankets] what the fuck was that ending?

This was so good I want Leigh Bardugo to swoop in and write my life for the next twenty years. Look, I don't know what event in my life has led to me to obsessing over books and calling fictional characters ‘the love of my life’ but I'm not complaining. Speaking of which, don’t ever fall in love with me. I’ll always love Zoya Nazyalensky more than you and that’s not going to be fair so just never fall in love with me, okay?

Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
tea got spilled
facts got spoken
we're all shook now
Cait • A Page with a View
Dreams do come true, kids.

“Most of us can hide our greatest hurts and longings. It’s how we survive each day. We pretend the pain isn’t there, that we are made of scars instead of wounds.”

Oh friends, it has been a long while since I read the concluding events in Ruin and Rising! Honestly? I probably really would have benefited from doing a reread. Yet, I will be the first to admit that I was complete Darkling trash back in the day, and I have grown a lot as a person and realized that he is someone that shouldn’t be r
Natalie Monroe
“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 tight.)

Just 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 en
✨    jamieson   ✨
Overall, I really liked this, though I do have some gripes (THAT ENDING. WHy!)

I really enjoyed how political heavy this is. It is basically The Grisha Verse: International Relations, with King Nikolai and his council trying to navigate being a poor, war-torn, unstable country wedged between two political forces looking to exploit their weakness. I really enjoyed the political aspects a lot. I also loved Nina's storyline, A LOT. I loved her mission and what was happening to her, and her developme
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
“Fear is a phoenix. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return.”

Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
Maybe a 4.5*? I need to think about it a bit more because wow that ending.
may ➹
oh truly pains me to say that this would have been undoubtedly 5 stars if I didn’t dislike that ending so much

(4.5 stars and I am BITTER)
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Okay, wait!!! That ending ..................................................................................

This book was so freaking awesome and some sad and a good bit of OMG! I do have the hardback but switched to the Audible I have as well and the narration was great!! I’m not going to go on and on as I don’t any more, I just want to say I loved it. But now I have to go back and finish the first trilogy and reread Six of Crows and this one again!

I do hope you guys enjoy this one 😊 Oh, I did

this book has left me a shell of the person i used to be.

review to come


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 garbàge

leigh bardugo: *announces nikolai duology*

me instantly:
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
im sorry, the old nikolai cant come to the phone right now. why? oh, ‘cause hes dead.

I. AM. SHOOK. that glow up tho, amirite?!

nikolai lantsov. sturmhond. king of scars.
privateer and boy king.
remember who you are.
you are destined for greatness.
long live the one true king.

5 stars
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
This just came out today!!

I can't wait to find out what happens to my favorite character... but apparently I have to be a reasonable adult and finish Crooked Kingdom first :/
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
By this point I am pretty sure Leigh is a Heartrender, because the pain I am feeling can not be caused by humans!
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-yet-released
Oh. My. GOD.

I am also oddly conflicted in a way I never thought I’d be about this book. My star rating may change over the next few days. Right now, my heart wants to give it 4 but my brain says 3.5. So 3.75?! I have such doubts.

Review and discussion to come on my channel... obviously.
Elise (TheBookishActress)
can I just establish, here and now, that I think the Grisha series isn't amazing, but Zoya and Nikolai are both icons, and Genya and David and Tamar and Tolya will all show up, and Nina is going to maybe actually get a fucking girlfriend, and I am so excited. I want this immediately help

April 28, 2018
they're going to reveal which SoC character gets a point of view in this book at YallWest and not to be weird, but it's definitely going to be Nina. and if Kav doesn't tell me exactly who it is as
Charlotte May
Jan 31, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
"Your library copy is ready for pick up"

Me - *runs to the library as fast as my little legs will carry me*
Sep 26, 2017 marked it as to-read
It's in my hands finally and I'm dying.
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
Update: What. A. Beautiful. Cover!!!
I love it! <333 And I soo need this book in my shelf! XD

I just saw the trailer to this book and I want to read it NOW!!!!!
Pleaseeeee!!!! Gimme, gimme, gimme!!!! *dies*
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
update april 30 2018

"Nikolai journeys to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives, in order to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him" - I already want to cry? 😭😭😭 RIP me, please make sure my headstone says "here lies Destiny, who always knew beautiful books would be the end of her"


I would just like to say that waiting for this series was far less painful before I continued the Grisha trilogy and met Nikolai 😭😭😭
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Sep 26, 2017 marked it as to-read-not-released
Twitter ✔
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I'm not saying that I'll hate you forever if you spoil me, but I'll probably hate you forever if you spoil me.

Sorry I don't make the rules \_(ツ)_/


Mal, opening his vacant eyes : Isn't it awesome that -


*throws confetti*

Note : Kaz, Nina, Zoya & literally anyone else accepted (bonus points if you're (view spoiler)


Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 stars.

If you've been following me for a while, you would know I was excited to read King of Scars. I'll be honest, the Grishaverse has been sort of mixed for me. I liked Shadow and Bone, hated Seige and Storm, and really enjoyed Ruin and Rising (though not how it ended if you know what I'm talking about). Then I read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom and I loved them. In my opinion, Leigh's Six of Crows series is the best one out of all of them.

So, when she announced King of Scars, I was alread
Sep 26, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Well, all hail Nina! 😍



“All of those magical touches may not mean much to readers now, but they will when we travel back to Ravka with Nikolai — and some other familiar faces from Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows. I’m not saying who just yet, but I hope readers are as excited as I am to take the journey.”

I just peed a little.


brain cell
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, fantasy
emotional stability: gone
depression: chronic
tears: out

since i'm incapable of writing a thorough review i'll just compile all the memes i've made in the past week (spoiler warning tho)

me every time that darkling bitch was mentioned

me meeting isaak for the first time

me after what happens to him in the end


zoya nazyalensky's two moods:

me @ every nina chapter:

also not to be dramatic but every hanne and nina scene, especially all the parts where nina waxed lyrical about hanne's lips and hair, wa
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
★★★ /5
It was fun and entertaining read. It wasn‘t the best book I ever read, but the world and characters brought up that wonderful feeling of excitement and general interest. I wasn‘t really interested in all story lines, but it didn't bother me, so it was easy to read.

Before reading this book I had a few theories what this book will be about, but I still tried to be open minded and just enjoy time with characters I truly like. That Ending definitely was the best part for me and now I can‘t wa
Sep 26, 2017 marked it as to-read
So, it seems that Nikolai is getting his own series.

I'm not freaking out, you're freaking out

I'm totally freaking out
"I'd like nothing better than another opportunity to talk," said Nikolai. "But I'm afraid I have more bad news."

Genya slumped in her chair. "There's more?"

"This is Ravka," said Zoya. "There's always more."

part of the bad news in ravka today is my lukewarm response to this book, which is three stars rounded up to four in a panic.

and the only things iiii cared about this january was getting my booknerdy hands on In an Absent Dream, The Winter of the Witch, and this. i have been anticipating King
⚔ Silvia ⚓
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it


maybe 4.5 stars I'll think about it

Hi it just suddenly hit mE THAT WE ONLY HAVE FIVE MONTHS TO GO BEFORE THIS COMES OUT can you feel me shaking








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