King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1) by Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)

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 ...

Details King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)

TitleKing of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)
Release DateJan 29th, 2019
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)

  • شيماء ✨
    [softly, from under a pile of blankets] what the fuck was that ending?I finished this book and the moment dithered in timorous silence, searing and numb. It was as though the world was suspended for an intermission, waiting until the curtain is lifted and the next act can begin. Disbelief came first, then surprise. Then the full scope of the ending struck me with a pang of deep resentment, that this extraordinary, inexplicable thing should happen...
  • 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...
  • Emily May
    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 f...
  • Nick
    tea got spilled facts got spokenwe're all shook now
  • Melanie
    “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 pe...
  • 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...
  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    “Nikolai had always understood that he and Ravka were the same. He just hadn’t understood how: He was not the crying child or even the drowning man. He was the forever soldier, eternally at war, unable 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 Niko...
  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
    Maybe a 4.5*? I need to think about it a bit more because wow that ending.
  • Kai
    “Fear is a phoenix. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return.”Do you remember holding this book in your hands for the first time, trying not to ruin the glossy golden cover with your unworthy, smudgy fingers while you're shaking from anticipation?Well, I do. Which is why it surprised me that it took me a few chapters until I started enjoying myself. But when I did, it was a glorious experience. I was captivated by the p...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    “If men were ashamed when they should be, they'd have no time for anything else.” You guys all know that I am a total fan of this universe, but I'll be honest: I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. I really didn't love Shadow and Bone - actually, I kind of hated it - and subsequent books only disappointed me more. It was only my love for Six of Crows that kept me a fan of this world. But guys, this is a leaps-and-bounds improve...
  • 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)
  • emma
    this book has left me a shell of the person i used to 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 garbàgeleigh bardugo: *announces nikolai duology*me instantly:
  • 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 on...
  • jessica
    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 destined for greatness. long live the one true king.↠ 5 stars
  • Hamad
    By this point I am pretty sure Leigh is a Heartrender, because the pain I am feeling can not be caused by humans!********************************************************This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription“The monster is me and I am the monster.”🌟 Oh boy, it has been 3 months since I finished this and then went into a hiatus and here I am trying to remember how people actually write reviews. This m...
  • Charlotte May
    "I always figured I'd die young...why not do it shoving my foot up that murderer's ass." That ending?!???!!! 😱😱😱Actual rating 3.75 starsI, as so many other goodreaders, was BEYOND excited when I heard this book was coming out, I ordered it from the library as soon as I could, and my hopes were sky high.There are 4 POVs, so I'll review based on each character.Isaak: I can't reveal too much of Isaak's POV because spoilers. But he is a guar...
  • Samantha
    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.
  • Cindy Pham
    I came into this with low expectations so I was pleasantly surprised that this book turned out to be a pretty solid spin-off. The central characters (Nikolai, Zoya, Nina) are much more compelling to read compared to how they were portrayed in the previous books - that includes Nina, whose story arc is much stronger. Bardugo continues her pattern of endearing characters and sharp dialogue. My main critique is that the book feels disconnected betwe...
  • Cesar
    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....
  • brain cell
    emotional stability: gonedepression: chronictears: outsince i'm incapable of writing a thorough review i'll just compile all the memes i've made in the past week me every time that darkling bitch was mentionedme meeting isaak for the first timeme after what happens to him in the endnina: 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 ab...
  • Grace (BURTSBOOKS)
    In typical grishaverse fashion this book had about 87 million issues. Seriously nothing in this book sent me back to the shadow and bone days like those good old mixed feelings. I love Nikolai, Zoya and Nina dearly so it hurts to complain but this book was nothing more than an introduction, which is kind of ridiculous when you think about the fact that there's already 5 books setting up this world and these characters. Even if this book was a mes...
  • Sara
    4.5 I truly cannot get enough of these characters. I went in to King of Scars thinking that Nikolai would continue to be my favourite character but boy oh boy did Zoya sweep me off my feet. Zoya is one of those incredibly well written, strong female characters that you cant help but respect and admire. Zoya and Nikolai have excellent chemistry and even better banter.This is definitely more of a slow burn plot but i really appreciated that and enj...
  • ALet
    ★★★ /5It 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 E...