King of Scars: King of Scars Duology, Book 1

King of Scars: King of Scars Duology, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 16 hours and 13 minutes
Author Leigh Bardugo
Narrator Lauren Fortgang
Audible.in Release Date 29 January 2019
Publisher Audible Studios
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B07MSKC54M
Best Sellers Rank #5,114 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#7 in Action & Adventure Fantasy for Teens

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Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 10 August 2019
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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 King, General and Spy!
By Adheela on 4 June 2021
The handsome young king, 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. Yet each day a dark magic in him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built.

With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha general, 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.

Zoya Nazyalensky has devoted her life to rebuilding the Grisha army. She will stop at nothing to help her king secure the throne.

Nina Zenik at Fjerda wages her own kind of war. Burdened by grief and her terrifying power, she fights the evil.

Ravka's king. Ravka's general. Ravka's spy. They will risk everything to save their homeland.

Tbh this was not good as Six of Crows but it is definitely worth reading. You'll get all the answers for your questions from the other series. Zoya Nazyalensky, she's everything. Such a powerful character and one who I wish to give a warm hug. You can find so many cute moments of Genya and David in this book. Gosh! They are so adorable.
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Nilda Brandao
5.0 out of 5 stars Impossível não ler até o final
Reviewed in Brazil 🇧🇷 on 16 March 2019
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Georgiana89
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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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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Kristel Greer
5.0 out of 5 stars A rollercoaster of emotion, action and shocking surprises
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rollercoaster of emotion, action and shocking surprises
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 1 October 2021
King Nikolai Lantsov survived the Ravkan civil war with more than just scars. The Darkling turned him into one of his creatures and though the Darkling was defeated, a remnant of the darkness still resides inside him. He fights daily for control but his grip is slipping. Together with his loyal and tenacious General Zoya, they search for a way to rid him of the demon while keeping his secret hidden.

Fjerdan armies are readying at the Ravkan borders and threatening to expose his dubious parentage. He may not be a true Lantsov but he is the King Ravka needs. He is inventive, determined and has the ability to make the impossible possible. With weakened defences, depleted finances and a new threat to his Grisha soldiers to contend with, Nikolai must form new alliances if he is to have any chance of keeping his throne and protecting his people.

Nikolai must wed to solidify his throne but his affection for Zoya grows daily and he can't bear to be apart from her. Zoya in turn harbours feelings for her King but knows that duty to Ravka comes first and she can never be with him. She must face the scars from her own past in order to find the strength to save the Grisha from those who hunt them. As Nikolai faces down his personal and physical demons, those closest to him must do the same. Will their secrets remain hidden or will the darkness find a way to make itself known and destroy all their hopes for the future?

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. Just when I thought the GrishaVerse reached its peak with the Six of Crows duology, this book shows up and blows my mind. Nikolai is my favourite character from Shadow & Bone so I was delighted to delve into his backstory and see how his story developed afterwards. His flirtatiousness and resilience hasn’t dampened and I loved how passionate he is about life, his creations and his quest to defend Ravka. This book was a rollercoaster of emotion, action and shocking surprises. There was never a dull moment. I adore all these characters but I worry where they will end up in the sequel. Leigh isn't shy about bringing the pain.
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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 10 June 2019
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