King of Scars

By: Leigh Bardugo

Nikolai Lanstov, the young king of Ravka, must battle old foes, forge new alliances, and safeguard his country's survival—possibly at the cost of his own life.

ISBN: 9781250142283

JLG Release: Mar 2019


Sensitive Areas: Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Language: Strong Language, Violence: Mild Violence
Topics: Grishaverse , Kings , Magic , Fantasy , Betrayal , Sacrifice , Voyages and travels

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Awards & Honors

2019 Goodreads Choice Award Finalist

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Two narratives run parallel in this volume set in Bardugo’s Grishaverse (first introduced in Shadow and Bone, rev. 7/12). In one, Zoya, King Nikolai’s beautiful and ruthless general, strives to keep the king’s possession by, and transformation into, a horrible winged monster a secret, but the beast (a remnant of a powerful Grisha they Two narratives run parallel in this volume set in Bardugo’s Grishaverse (first introduced in Shadow and Bone, rev. 7/12). In one, Zoya, King Nikolai’s beautiful and ruthless general, strives to keep the king’s possession by, and transformation into, a horrible winged monster a secret, but the beast (a remnant of a powerful Grisha they thought they’d killed) is getting stronger. In the other narrative, a Grisha named Nina is working undercover in magic-intolerant Fjerda, trying to smuggle other Grisha to safety. The story lines themselves don’t intersect, but the political forces underlying them seem poised to clash, as fantasy versions of various cultures (Russian, Japanese, vaguely Nordic) head toward war. The characters of Zoya and Nikolai both sparkle with wit, and their pointed banter illuminates a brilliant, potentially romantic relationship with a seemingly inevitable star-crossed trajectory. Meanwhile, Nina’s story has its own hint of romance: with Hanne, daughter of Nina’s worst enemy, whom Nina helps to learn to control her hidden Grisha talent. The two story lines compete so strongly in interest that, when the narrative focus shifts, the disappointment of leaving behind the high-stakes action in one plot line is more than compensated for by the resumption of compelling drama in the other.

Book Details

ISBN

9781250142283

First Release

March 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Page Count

528

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.7; Points: 23;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 810L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Imprint

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Language: Strong Language, Violence: Mild Violence

Topics

Grishaverse, Kings, Magic, Fantasy, Betrayal, Sacrifice, Voyages and travels,

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