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King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Title: King of Scars

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: 29 January 2019

Rating: 5 stars out of 5


The Short Review:

I have literally been wanting to read this from the beginning of the year but just never got around to it. Time flew and suddenly we were in the last few weeks of November, and I just knew: I had to read this book before the year ends.

This was probably one of my favorite reads of the year, if not my favorite.

I had read the Shadow and Bone Trilogy and had reread the Six of Crows duology in preparation for this book and I’m glad I did. There were so many references to the Crows and to Alina that I’m glad I had read all the books in the Grisha Verse before I read this, so I’d recommend reading those book before reading this one.

I had forgotten how addictive Leigh Bardugo writes her characters; once you get a chapter from them, you want more and more. There story is compelling, thrilling, and completely unpredictable (believe me, I tried to guess) .

The world-building is phenomenal and colourful, and I want to keep learning about these countries and their histories.

I loved everything about it!

The Long Review:

Good Underlying Messages/ Themes:

  • It doesn’t always help to hold on to your past.
  • You need to believe in yourself to do great things.
  • Anyone can be a hero.
  • Society will try to change you but you need to know that you are perfect as you are.

These were only few of the themes I identified, so a whole star for this category!

Interesting Story:

I had absolutely no idea where this book would go. The amount of tension, action, and twists in this book made me want to scream at the turn of every page.

And don’t get me started on the ending. What a way to ensure that the next book will be sold out within seconds of its release.

A whole star for this category!

Realistic characters and growth:

Do you know how rare it is for me to love every single character in a book. And that’s exactly what happened in this book. There wasn’t one character I felt was unnecessary or annoying. I loved each and every single one of them.

I had even come to love a character I previously hated and a totally new character who I hadn’t seen coming!

“What do you suppose fuels her anger?” said Nikolai.


“Of a kind. All fuels burn differently. Some faster, some hotter. Hate is one kind of fuel. But hate that began as devotion? That makes for another kind of flame.

They are all such amazing characters and I never want to stop reading about them. Here’s to hoping they don’t die anytime soon!

A whole star for this category!

Fantastic Worldbuilding:

I’ve mention earlier how the worldbuilding is phenomenal and colourful and I stand by it. Each country is so wildly different from the other that you just want to guzzle up all the new stories and cultures and ask for more.

The stories and Grishma magic are fantastic and keep growing with each book. I can’t wait to see where it goes next!

A whole star for this category!

Writing is Beautiful/ Easy to Read:

The amount of quotes, wise words, sass, and sarcasm is good for the soul. I mentioned it in an update on Goodreads and I stand by it. I’ve been searching for a book this year that gives me that warm, fuzzy feels and I’ve found it!

Everyone mourns the first blossom. Who will weep for the rest that fall?

And by the way, I live for Nikolai and Zoya’s banter.

A whole star for this category!

That’s it!

I hoped you enjoyed this book as much as I did! And if you haven’t read it, please do so in the near future!

What did you think of King of Scars?

Till we meet again!

Xx Alexia

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