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Zoya who really steals the show I maintain she was originally was meant to be a two dimensional Mean Girl but Bardugo does a fine job in adding depth to her character without making it appear forced Her petty cruelty in Shadow Bone is xplained by her being young and arrogant and a desire to test her beauty on men We all do stupid things when we re teenagers Coming back to Zoya a few years later feels right like rereading your old fanfiction bio shudders and comparing it to the person you are now We also get a concrete reason for why Zoya abandoned the Darkling to side with Alina back Her character arc is beautiful and far potent than Nikolai s imoNina s a bit of an outlier here She s deep undercover in Fjerda with Adrik and Leoni the Grisha girl Jesper s mom saved She s still grieving for Matthias and I admit I slightly teared up when Nina finally lays his body to rest My main complaint is that her primary character development is letting Matthias go and we already knew that was going to happen at the Big Little Man end of Crooked Kingdom Most of what happens during her chap tea got spilled facts got spokenwe re all shook now He straightened the lapels of his velvet coat and winked It s notxciting 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 The Man from Beijing especially shines with her dialogue I liked the characters and relationship dynamics I loved the funny snarky conversations I just felt like this book was so slow in parts 500 pages is on the heftier side for a YA book and I felt the drag of most of themSix of Crows and Crooked Kingdom are great books in my opinion I love the heisting and shenanigans I think they re really tightly plotted and I can 100% understand what I m reading for Here the plot meandered Nikolai sfforts to rid himself of his monster seemed to get lost somewhere and Nina s mission to find grisha felt open Creating Lasting Value ended and directionless it reminded me of Mare s journey in Glass Sword which I really dislikedThere s a real lack of focus for a lot of this book Romance is minimal which is usually a good thing but here it might have added a much needed hook I didn t feel likeither Nikolai s or Nina s stories provided a significant conflict or mystery until the very Understanding Markets and Strategy end I was also bored by Isaak s chaptersI started King of Scars on such a high convinced I would love it 100 pages in I made a note saying not much has happened 200 pages in I made another note saying lots of Grishaverse recap and flashbacks little plot progression It s a very long time until the story really goes anywhereThis all sounds really negative but it was saved somewhat by how much Injoy this world and the characters Zoya is Montana Dreams especially interesting Unlike some I uite liked thending and I m intrigued by the possible romantic directions the seuels could take If only this book didn t feel like one very long prologueBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Most of us can hide our greatest hurts and longings It s how we survive Immerwelt - Der Pakt 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 concludingvents 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 romanticized but I was so damn hyped for this story and to see how the people of Ravka are doing after that final battle and living under a brand new king And I can t believe I m saying this but I was truly let down Also I want to Modern South Asia emphasize that a three star rating isn t a bad rating I stillnjoyed this and I loved seeing some of the character that I love with my whole heart and soul and also falling in love with a new character too But this was just so ungodly slow for the first half which is something I ve never felt while reading anything by Leigh before I know that we had a lot of be caught up on but I just couldn t immerse myself into the world or story until after the halfway point I really recommend that you don t read King of Scars or this review honestly if you have not read all the other books in the Grishaverse But as a uick recap before I get into my thoughts and feelings People are still fearful of Grisha and are capturing and killing them regularly Grisha are also still becoming addicted to jurda parem and many different variations of it which Picture Theory enhances their powers but at a cost The books do not tell the whole story And this story is told in many points of views but there are pretty much only three locations that this story takes place until they will hopefully all weave back together Zoya and Nikolai are off with a new character trying to discover what lives inside Nikolai Meanwhile back at the palace family friends are teaching a young boy how to impersonate Nikolai himself so no one will know that he is away And then we have Nina off on a completely new mission where she finds out so much about herself and what is happening to Grishas in areas that are still living in fear of themB. ?s coffers forge new alliances and stop a rising threat to the once great Grisha ArmyYet withvery 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 Sualler Nikolai.
The time that passesthe I realize that I did not and do not care about this bookI was Ancestral Voices excited for it for no real reason Not only did I not finish the Grisha trilogy I DNFed the second book one of maybe 7 times I havever And Bid Him Sing ever done that in my whole life I actually could notven force myself through itI had a passing interest in Nikolai b 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 anticipationWell I do Which is why it surprised me that it took me a few chapters until I started Aristotle Detective (Aristotle enjoying myself But when I did it was a gloriousxperience I was captivated by the political games the intrigues the miracles and mysteries of the Grishaverse I Bones, Clones, and Biomes enjoyed Zoya s and Nikolai s banter but my favourite chapters were definitely Nina s Her journey through the north and her mission to uncover the dark secrets of that little Fjerdan town kept me on my toes It felt like one of those spy novels where the protagonist is left alone in a wintery and bitter cold alpine region only to discover that some monstrous war machine is secretly being developed in a hollow mountain I lovedvery second of it It felt dangerous and Bringing the Empire Home excitingOverall the writing style plot twist and world building are on such a high level that I couldn t not give 5 stars But that doesn t mean that this book was flawless There are a few things that bothered me and the first one is one of my most hated tropes spoilers ahead1 Reviving the already defeated and killed antagonist I mean how would you feel if Voldemort suddenly returned Or how DID you feel when Harry s scar started itching again in Cursed Child Not that Cursed Child is anything but fanfiction I refuse to see it as a seuelIt s a cheap trick It s lazy You couldn t create a betternemy so you just take the dead guy and give him a new wardrobe Not with me What makes it ven cheaper is that it s the obvious and lazy thing to do Honestly I don t understand why you all swoon over the Darkling and I m sure you love that he s back but Leigh you can do better than that2 There is too much going on Part II of the books was filled to the brink with magic and plot twist And it was just a tiny bit too much for me to be ntirely realistic On the one hand because of what I said in 1 on the other hand because if there is so much that you cannot see coming it loses its credibility So when that female Saint whose name I already forgot turned out to be the big baddie I didn t buy it And when Zoya and that other Saint whose name I also forgot killed Building the Cold War each other to create a new amplifier it seemed somewhat overdramatic3 Initially I didn tven think of this criticism but when a friend mentioned to me that he wonders why the book is called King of Scars when Zoya s and Nina s POV overshadow Nikolai s I couldn t help but agree Moreover Nikolai s chapters seem somewhatunneccesary compared to Zoya s While Nina is somewhere in Fjerda Nikolai and Zoya are almost always in the same place at the same time basically telling the same storyNow that I got that off my chest let me just say that I am really looking forward to the seuel I would love to find out about the Shu and their kingdom I also just want to see Jarl Brum destroyed once and for all And I cannot wait for the title and cover reveal I hope we get them soonFind of my books on Instagram Nikolai had always understood that he and Ravka were the same He just hadn t understood how He was not the crying child or Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F) even the drowning man He was the forever soldierternally at war unable to Counter-Amores 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 Nikolai Maybe a 45 I need to think about it a bit because wow thatnding 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 Dancing at Armageddon every time BD I thought we were tightJust 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 andntirely new characters King of Scars has lots of references to previous seriesIf I had to sum up King of Scars in a single word it would be meandering Six of Crows is superb suspenseful tight plotting King of Scars feels underconceptualized as if Bardugo simply wanted to write a book about Nikolai but didn t have Double Jeopardy enough meat for a fully realized plot Nikolai s chapters were actually underwhelming The humor I fell in love with back in the original trilogy didn t land nearly as well and his character arc though satisfying seems typical and one note With that being said I didnjoy learning about his past We see him grow from idolizing Vasily to realizing his brother is not the king Ravka needs He befriends a common soldier on the front and that shapes him into the kind witty privateer Alina meets It is. Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible No one knows what he Composition and Literature endured in his country’s bloody civil war and he intends to keep it that way Now asnemies gather at his weakened borders the young king must find a way to refill Ravka?.
Ut this is a story about grief and loss and how living with those two things can impact your life beyond words This is a story about being the person Cezanne and Provence everyone wants you to be while Updated with my opinions on the End Spoilers are hidden within a spoiler tagHello all and meet my ghost who is currently writing this reviewFirst of all I think there will be plenty of people who are not thrilled with thend 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 ueen Leigh is so freaking brilliant I am in utter and complete shock I had to reread the last chunk about 10 times before the nding sunk in I screamed my throat raw scared my cat and practically passed outFirst of all an absolute massive standing ovation to Lauren Fortgang who narrated this book on audio and blessed me with her talent I absolutely 10000% recommend the audio version and this goes for the original trilogy too which she also narrated The audiobooks are outstanding Yes I am unhealthily obsessed and Lauren if you read this I am sorryThat also leads me to my next point you DEFINITELY need to read the original trilogy Shadow and Bone before reading this which is legit one of my all time favorite series I also recommend reading Six of Crows because a main character and massive spoilers are in this book for her Basically please read through all the Grishaverse books You won t regret it and if you don t you will be spoiled for all of themAlright back to this barely coherent reviewI love verything about my precious son Nikolai and like always he is absolute perfection I ve been BEGGING for this book for the longest time But I definitely had some issues with parts of the book mostly about certain plot points that had me scratching my head a bit Some parts were slow Now that I m finished I think some of those bits are growing on me but I gotta say sadly that I found myself a bit bored at times below But listen Leigh is my favorite author I freaking adore Contested Reproduction everything she writes Her worldbuilding is absolutely astounding and her characters are just I can t I love them So that paired with the ENDING THAT KILLED ME is the reason I am rating this five stars ueen Leigh deserves nothing less I admire herndlessly I think I ll Divided by Color (American Politics and Political Economy Series) enjoy thisven the second time around Creating Country Music especially now that I know what she was building towards One risks looking less like a monarch and like a hostage You havemissaries to manage these matters of state Zoya had argued ambassadors underlings The public may forget how handsome I am Let s break it downNina This is where I had a hard time I love her I REALLY do so much She s hysterical and super relatable not to mention a great role model for girls She s the friend I wish I had growing up But I found myself dozing off during her chapters I m not going to say much since we re right at the release but she s away from Nikolai co on some mission in Fjerda and it seemed to drag and drag I was so Blacklands excited to see her interact with my crew Genya David Zoyatc but alas she s occupied Don t get me wrong she has some great moments and some teary ones for sure Evolutionary Patterns especially if you know thending of Crooked Kingdom she s still dealing with this But I just didn t love her chapters That being said I m 1000% stoked to see the moments I craved in the seuelNikolaiMy golden son I said it above but he s perfection He s witty clever smart mouthed in the best way and all around charming as usual Belt up those pants friends otherwise he ll charm them right off If you ve followed his story you know what happened to him in RR so obviously he s dealing with that as a major plot point of this book ueue Britt sobbing into her tea What made me the most sad though was for a book titled King of Scars I feel like we didn t get ENOUGH of him He didn t have that many POV chapters and it felt like Zoya s book tbh But Evolution As Entropy even still he s a freaking badass and always manages to steal the show The two clever fox I knew this and he STILL shocked me out of my seat than once And thend bites fist zips lips before I Forging Gay Identities explode Ahhhghghghgh on this lowerZoya I like her but I haven t fallen in love with her I will say this though she grew on me a lot and Leigh wrote her character arc beautifully In fact that s the focus of her chapters we find out so much about her past and what really went on from her perspective during the Grisha Trilogy All that and she had some truly fantastic moments I loved the banter between her and Nikolai Now I know some of you are wondering about the ships so I m going to post my thoughts in the spoiler tag view spoiler Alright so yes she and Niko are flirting a good chunk of the book I knew this going in but I m not sure how I feel about it It feels a TAD forced But listen Leigh has never disappointed me before and this book certainly isn t all about me she can write what she wants so I m trying to keep an open mind Basically I just want our dearest King to be happy He deserves it so much hide spoiler softly from under a pile of blankets what the fuck was thatndingI finished this book and the moment dithered in timorous silence searing and numb It was as though the world was suspended for an intermission. Will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanuish the terrible legacy inside him He will risk verything to save his country and himself But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried and some wounds aren’t meant to he.
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