Goodreads Monday: King of Scars

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme where we randomly select a book from our Goodreads To Be Read list and share it with the world. It’s hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners, so be sure to link back to her site so that we can all see what everyone plans to read!



King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1)
by Leigh Bardugo
YA Fantasy
527 pages
Published January 2019, by Imprint

From Goodreads: 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. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day, dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, 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.


I’m almost done reading the Grisha trilogy for the first time, and I’m enjoying it. Once I finish that and then reread the Six of Crows duology, I plan to start King of Scars. I’ve heard some mixed reviews, but if it’s like Bardugo’s other YA novels, even the slower parts will go by quickly. I started reading the Grisha trilogy because of the live-action Netflix adaptation in the works, and I’m glad I’ve read them. For one thing, I’ll know what’s going on on the TV show, and for another, the books have been fun to read so far.  I’m glad I gave Shadow and Bone a try.

5 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday: King of Scars

  1. As you know, the Grisha trilogy in on my TBR. Following your reading of this series just gets me more excited to read them. I loved Six of Crows! I don’t know much about the Netflix series– will it be a series adaption or follow the books closely?

  2. I don’t know much about the adaptation. They’ve cast for the Grisha trilogy and for Six of Crows, so I don’t know if there are two shows, or one that combines everything. I started following Leigh Bardugo in Instagram, and her stories about visiting set during the final weeks or filming were hilarious. And made me look forward to the show.

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