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King of Scars: return to the epic fantasy world of the Grishaverse, where magic and science collide by [Leigh Bardugo]
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It's like THE HUNGER GAMES meets POTTER meets TWILIGHT meets LORD OF THE RINGS meets GAME OF THRONES; basically epic magical fantasy but completely for grown-ups ― Stylist on the SHADOW AND BONE trilogy

Unlike anything I've ever read ― Veronica Roth on the SHADOW AND BONE trilogy

Mesmerizing . . . shiver-inducing, of the delicious variety. This is what fantasy is for ― Laini Taylor on the SHADOW AND BONE trilogy

Bardugo outdoes herself with this book, creating the gorgeously built backdrop of Ketterdam and populating it with a sophisticated cast of rogues and criminals. A twisty and elegantly crafted masterpiece that thrilled me from beginning to end ― Holly Black on SIX OF CROWS

A delicious blend of masterfully executed elements... Bardugo outdoes herself in this exhilarating follow-up, and series fans will have their eyes glued to every page ― Booklist on CROOKED KINGDOM

Every story is superb, Leigh Bardugo has an honest, vibrant voice that's capable of unfolding her imaginings with true skill. Sara Kiplin's beautiful illustrations grow in complexity . . . making this a sumptuous feast for the mind and eyes ― SFX Magazine on THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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The much-anticipated first book in a brand-new duology by New York Times bestselling author, Leigh Bardugo - now in paperback. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07CRLGCQH
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Orion Children's Books; 1st edition (29 January 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 8679 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 529 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in India on 9 February 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars OMG
By Autumn Melody on 9 February 2019
This book is such a joy to read! It has everything that we liked in Six of Crows, but with characters from Shadow and Bone trilogy, that wasn't as great as Six of Crows was. This book though, kills it.

Nikolai is a very intriguing character to read. Sassier than ever, even when everything is getting out of control. Nina's POV is there to break your heart after the events of Crooked Kingdom. Zoya is fun to read. Love the banter between her and Nikolai 😂 The dialogues are killing it!

Fair warning, read the Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows duology before reading this book to understand it all better. There's a lot of throwbacks to the previous books since the story is intricately woven with them.

Also, the hardcover is damn gorgeous 🌟🥰 The map has been updated. You might get lost just admiring the book instead of actually reading it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, but it's not my favorite!
By Raven @dreamyaddictions on 10 August 2019
“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.”

King Of Scars is one of my most anticipated books of 2019. I’ve been waiting for this book since forever. I’m a huge fan of Grisha Trilogy and I was very much looking forward to Nikolai Lantsov’s story since I’ve first heard about it. He’s my second favorite Character besides Darkling and Alina so I had very high expectations for King Of Scars. So did it meet my full expectations, honestly no but I still had fun reading this book and loved the twist at the end. It’s so good to be back in the world of Ravka after three years. If you haven’t read Shadow and bone trilogy and Six Of Crows then you need to get to them first before jumping into this book because it contains major spoilers for those two series.

“It’s not exciting if nothing can go wrong.”

The story continues three years after the events in ruin and rising, the country is still in crisis and now they’re on the verge of a new civil War which could destroy them. King Nikolai is trying to restore the former glory of Ravka but not many people is willing to follow a young King. He might’ve survived the war, but he’s still battling the darkness that is starting to grow stronger with each day. On the other hand, Nina Zenik is on a secret mission on Fjerda to help emigrant grishas who’re confused about their powers. When threats keeps arising on the borders of Ravka, Nikolai needs to acquire as many allies as possible before the war breaks out but first he needs vanquish the monster inside him. So, with the help a young monk and a grisha squaller, Nikolai travels to the horrors of their past which holds all of their answers.

“One could plot violent espionage and still hope for dessert.”

Although this was Nikolai Lantsov’s book, it also highlights Nina Zenik, and Zoya. I really enjoyed all of these characters but If I had to be honest I enjoyed Nikolai and Zoya’s POV more than Nina Zenik. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t liked her. She’s still an amazing character and her grisha power was totally awesome. Nikolai was pretty fun and enjoyable character but behind his witty personality he hides his troubles, loneliness, and sadness. I have so many feels for this guy. Zoya is a tough girl with beautiful looks and cold personality. She’s the commander of the second army and man she was totally kickass. I loved her character despite her hard edged personality. Nina is mourning for her loss and feels envious of other people’s happiness. I really felt sad for her and I enjoyed her inner conversations with Matthias. Her recklass acts and ranting has annoyed me a little bit but I still can’t help but like her. Coming to the supporting characters, I liked Isaak(A Grisha Soldier), Hanne(A Fjerdan), Tolya & Tamar(the twin grishas), Genya, David Kostyk(A skilled Fabrikator) and finally Yuri (a young monk who worships Darkling).

“Progress is a river. It cannot be called back once it leaps its banks.”

The plot was great but I wasn’t expecting this to be a slow ride. I found the first half pretty slow especially Nina’s chapters. I enjoyed Nikolav and Zoya’s chapters more than Nina’s even though she played a major role in this book. I can’t wait to see her back in Ravka joining Nikolai and Zoya. Nikolai and Zoya, and Nina were on different paths so this mostly felt like reading two stories in one book. There is no actual romance in this book but there’s a high possibility of Nik and Zoya happening in the next book. They’re total opposites but perfect for each other. I absolutely loved the banters between them and I’m totally shipping them! There’s a lot of unpredictable twists and turns in this book, and let’s talk about that last twist which f***ing made my jaw drop to the floor. OMG!!! Is that freaking thing really happened? I’m still in shock! It might leave some people very unhappy, but as for me, I’m over the moon freaking out with happiness. I wish I could tell you guys about it, but it’s a huge spoiler. The author’s writing was captivating and addicting, as always. The book was told in multiple POV’s shifting between different characters. The world building was fantastic. Leigh never fails to impress me when it comes to setting magical worlds and creating morally grey characters.

“When the gods give you another look at the world, best enjoy it.”

Overall, It was a great read! Although I’m not fully satisfied with some aspects, I wasn’t really disappointed and I’m super excited for the next book. It’s definitely going to be one of my highly anticipated reads of 2020.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Novel but not a masterpiece of Grishaverse series
By Pranav on 17 November 2019
The story mainly revolved around Nikoli and Zenya. The two old characters of Grishaverse. The book is all about the Journey of Nikoli after the end of Darkling in Six of crows duology and how he is controlling and ruling his kingdom.
The Novel is filled with adventures but is not a masterpiece as compared to Six of Crows duology.
And yea u have to read the Whole Grishaverse series including Shadow of bone trilogy and Six of crows Duology to understand better what is going on in here and it will help u to create better connection with the characters and their journeys.
This book won't disappoint u but dont have great expectation that it will blow ur mind off like Six of crows and Crooked kingdom ending.

Eagerly waiting for the second book in King of scars duology every day.
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Nilda Brandao
5.0 out of 5 stars Impossível não ler até o final
Reviewed in Brazil on 17 March 2019
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Fantasy Geek
5.0 out of 5 stars Another rock solid addition..
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 January 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return to the Grishaverse, but a bit meandering and disjointed in parts
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 March 2019
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Cinthyan Ribeiro Reis
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly the most beautiful book on my shelf!
Reviewed in Brazil on 4 August 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly the most beautiful book on my shelf!
Reviewed in Brazil on 4 August 2020
O livro é MARAVILHOSO. Sem a jacket é perfeito!
Sobre a história,acho maravilhoso poder ver mais do Nikolai,e também ver muito mais sobre o poder dos grishas! E conhecer mais da Zoya me deixou bem feliz também!
Além de fazer um retorno ao GrishaVerse e nos deixar ainda mais apaixonados!
O plot sempre ótimo e a escrita da Leigh nunca falha! Particularmente amo cada coisinha!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great spin off, letting the best supporting characters shine.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 June 2019
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Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (now a Netflix original series) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars—with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019) which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios.

Leigh grew up in Southern California and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles. For information on new releases and appearances, sign up for Leigh's newsletter: