Hey guys! I hope you’re all doing well and living your best lives 🙂 In an attempt to be somewhat original and talk about something I’m super passionate about … I wanted to introduce a new series of posts on my blog called, ‘Book Adaptation Battles’!Read More »
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I’m back again today with another challenge. Thanks to the lovely Kristen @ Beyond Secret Pages for tagging me! 🙂
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Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Nikolai Duology #1
Genre: YA Fantasy // Fantasy Fiction
Source: Impulse bought from my local bookstore
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.
Okay, this book was EVERYWHERE, I could not escape it! Bookstores, twitter, instagram – you name it and it was there! KoS was basically Joe Goldberg and I was Guinevere Beck. If I’m being completely honest I just wanted to check the book out because of all the hype and see if it was actually worth it. Plus, I decided to finally read the original Grisha Trilogy (Shadow & Bone etc) because of the upcoming Netflix show, and when I did I fell in love with Nikolai Lantsov so I HAD to read this. I wanted to see what he has been up to (don’t hate me but i completely blanked on him when I read SoC because that’s what i read first) since the end of Ruin and Rising. I also had no idea about the order of these books but thankfully a lovely twitter user pointed out that the book series went from Grisha Trilogy to Six of Crows Duology to the Nikolai Duology. With two series down, I had no option but to tackle the last one. In terms of characters and storylines, I had no idea what to expect other than the fact that I assumed that this book would be tackling the initial stages of Nikola’s ruling of Ravka.
Leigh Bardugo has managed to work her magic again, she has once again swept me off my feet with her latest work, ‘King Of Scars’, the first book in the Nikolai Duology. She brings us back to Ravka and delves deeper into the psyches of some our beloved and some not so beloved characters.
This series centres on the journeys of newly coronated King Nikolai Lantsov, Zoya Nazyalensky and Nina Zenik following the events of Crooked Kingdom. Nikola is as witty and charming as ever but still a shadow of his former self, a product of the trauma experienced in Ruin and Rising, he is just trying to defeat his demons and gain some semblance of a normal life again so he can accomplish his dreams for Ravka. Zoya is ever the loyal general however we do get to see cracks in her armour a bit more in this book. Nina is in mourning fresh from the tragedies of Crooked Kingdom, she has immersed herself completely in her new role and is fighting to keep her own demons at bay a world away from her friends.
The chapters switch between the viewpoints and experiences of the aforementioned characters during pinnacle moments thus keeping the readers constantly on the edge of their seats. You gain a deeper and newer understanding of these characters through their perspectives on life and the situation they are facing. Another pro of the changing viewpoints is that it keeps the story on its toes and the pace quick. Each character truly does shine in their own right, Bardugo has managed to balance each of their stories while weaving them together seamlessly – there is always a common underlying theme tying the story together keeping it cohesive. We get an insight into the pasts of the characters and how they’ve carried the ghosts of their pasts with them and how that had a lasting impact who they are today. This book is also a story of discovery of each of characters, and how they are somewhat lost at the beginning but encounter and face past demons allowing them to have an epiphany and transform into a better version of themselves. Alongside our old favourites, we are introduced to a host of interesting fresh faces that definitely make a significant impact on our heroes.
I would definitely say story wise, this book is better than the latter two of the original Grisha Trilogy but I still prefer the Six of Crows duology storyline at the moment but who knows, that could change after I read the second book in this duology! While the first chapter had me hooked, I was a tad confused and it’s a bit of a slow start as it does need to world build and establish where everyone is at. But when the story picks up, wow does it take you on the wildest ride barely giving you time to breathe between the metaphorical punches to the gut you receive at every plot twist you encounter. Bardugo managed to create the perfect concoction of drama, humour, hurt, wit and growth! (+ a lil bit of love)
Overall, I absolutely adored this book, the storyline / plot, the character development, and the world building! Would definitely recommend to everyone (I have already been preaching this book to my close friends lmao)!
let me know in the comments what you thought of ‘king of scars’?
who was your favourite character in KoS?
ps. apologies for how LATE this is – life has just been picking up speed work and uni wise so i have less time to read and write 😦 i’m trying my best to juggle everything and try to return to regularly posting solid content ❤
King of Scars was the craziest book I have read this year, Leigh Bardugo did not come to play when she wrote this book! My overall emotion from finishing the book is …
Keep reading for more of my reactions …Read More »
This is a new series I am introducing on my blog (inspired by Buzzfeed) it’s called ‘Thoughts I Had While Reading The Book’ – it’s basically an unfiltered list of thoughts that I had when I was reading that book that I jotted down into my notes app. I’m aiming to do this for any books I read regardless of whether I intend to post a review for it or not. I feel like its fun and fresh plus I love that it’s informal – it’ll probably be a thread of me freaking out. Spoiler Alert of course.
Keep reading to see a play by play of me reacting to Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo!Read More »