In the Grishaverse, there is a place where darkness reigns and the wicked thrive: Ketterdam. It’s a place of contradictions, of pirates and aristocrats, scientists and sorcerers. And it’s home to Nikolai Lantsov, who has nothing but disdain for anything beyond his borders—until he meets Alina Starkov. Alina owes her life to the Darkling, a notorious figure whom she fears more than anyone else in the world. But as she begins to discover hidden secrets about him, she starts to question whether he is really who she thinks he is.And then comes an ever-growing threat from mysterious forces that threaten not just her kingdom—but her entire world.”Nikolai Lantsov had always been destined for greatness.. He came from royalty after all; it was only fitting that queens would kneel at his feet – including Queen Mara’s niece Alina when they first met on one fateful mission while Nikolai was serving The Darkling (a mysterious figure with powers rivaling those Nikola himself possessed) as Second Boyar (second highest title/position in Ravka). Fast forward several years later post reformation of Ravka society alongside Mal OCIYa and Alina’s ascension to Queen – Nikolai has abandoned The Darkling,.
For who is this book for ?
Nikolai’s ambition and drive have led him to become the all-powerful, yet much feared King of Scars with a Grisha army (former military academy students who possess unique magical skills) at his disposal. However, events from the past come back to haunt Nikolai as he discovers traitors in his midst while war brews on two fronts – one within Ravka borders against fellow Grisha rebels, another spilling over into neighboring countries. Alina meanwhile is trying hard not only to keep her country together but figure out her own complicated feelings for Nikolai whom she once loved and admired greatly.” This book contains magic, politics, romance, adventure – it has something for everyone! Nikolais character growth throughout the novel is also very satisfying to read about; starting off as egotistical & pretty closed off emotionally towards others ( consumed with becoming king/ruling), he slowly becomes more compassionate due its revealed that some people still cared for him even whenhingswerent going ideal + helpingAlina uncover secrets about herself& The Darkling.
- Incredible world-building
- Compelling and multi-layered characters
- Exciting plot
- It has a slow start.
- The author takes too long to describe things in detail (e.g., clothing, scenery). 3) It’s difficult to keep track of all the different characters and their relationships with one another.
Learn more about the author
Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. Born in Jerusalem, Leigh grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be spotted at Disneyland wearing a turkey leg hat.
“Nikolai is a damaged and deeply scarred character. Leigh Bardugo does an excellent job of delving into his psyche, displaying both the good and bad aspects of his personality. His interactions with other characters are intriguing to read.”
“King of Scars is an incredibly thrilling and fast-paced read that will suck you in from the very first page. Leigh Bardugo has done a phenomenal job with creating this dark and dangerous world, populated by fascinating characters who are all striving for something more.”
“A superb start to the series with well-developed characters and an intricate plot. Bardugo breathes new life into old folklore, making this story a fresh and exciting read.”
“Loved Nikolai and Alina’s interactions. The Darkling was a great villain”