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Rule of Wolves, by Leigh Bardugo

_honey_h's review

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adventurous emotional funny tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

this book 😍 i have to admit i was a little intimidated by the size of it 💀 however once i picked it up i literally wouldn’t put it down it was SO  good 💕 I LOVE LITERALLY ALL THE CHARACTERS SM ❤️ i’ve been reading these books for a while now and it’s honestly so sad today goodbye to all the characters and i just wish i saw more of zoya and nikolai as a couple as they were just perfect for eachother and i love each of their individual personalities i also loved how the crows made an appearance and all the little mentions of matthias and nina and hanne ❤️❤️ i just love all the characters and their world i will have to reread these soon  

giovanna20's review against another edition

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3.0

Premetto con il dire che mi piange il cuore dover dare questo voto a Queen Leigh, ma insomma, non ci siamo proprio.

Rule of wolves di Leigh Bardugo, secondo nella dilogia di King of scars, racconta la storia di Nikolai o almeno all'inizio la pensavo così.
Ciò che è questo libro però, è tutto fuorché la storia su Nikolai.

We chose the life we wanted.

Vi dirò, a me non dispiace avere punti di vista diversi all'interno di un libro, e in questo caso la Bardugo si conferma la regina delle storyline.
In ROW riesce ad intrecciare la storia dei diversi personaggi e in modo davvero egregio, ma è stato proprio questo ad avermi fatto storcere un po' il naso.
Per carità, la storia è avvincente e scorrevole, parliamo comunque della Bardugo che scrive da Dio, ma così come in KOS, ROW presenta una introduzione abbastanza lunghetta.
Sarà la mia impressione? Ma all'inizio ha avuto difficoltà ad ingranare.
Ed è una cosa che mi ha fatto notare anche una mia amica, siccome lo abbiamo letto assieme.

Ce ne sarebbero di cose da dire su questo libro, ma ho paura di incappare in spoiler che potrebbero rovinarvi la lettura, essendo comunque un libro, sotto certi punti di vista, pieno di avvenimenti e, anche solo una parola sbagliata potrebbe voler dire "spoiler".

All'inizio però vi ho detto che sembra tutto fuorché la storia su Nikolai.
Fatemelo dire, questo libro sembra la storia di Zoya e la sua voglia di redimersi.
Nikolai, colui che vorrebbe salvare Ravka... meglio non pensarci.

“And what happens when we’re out of hope?” asked David.
“We end where we always end,” said Nikolai. “With war.”


La concludo qui.
Ho divorato il libro in un giorno, d'altronde lo aspettavamo da quasi un anno e non so, al momento mi verrebbe solo da dire che ROW è, più o meno, la degna conclusione del mondo Grisha, anche se, la Bardugo lascia spazio per far intendere un ritorno di SOC, ossia un terzo volume.
Non ditemi che questo è spoiler, perché la Bardugo stessa ha detto, in più di un occasione, di voler prendere in considerazione l'idea di ritornare, diversi anni dopo, a Ketterdam.

bethanydark's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional funny tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

katherinez8's review

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4.0

4.25 stars

I had so much fun reading this book! I would've given it 5 stars, but to be honest, the beginning of the book was quite slow, and I didn't particularly care about Nikolai and Zoya's relationship, which was quite a large chunk of this book and made the book felt unnecessarily long. And I wished Leigh Bardugo hadn't tried explaining the whole magic system repetitively as if the reader hadn't read [b:King of Scars|36307634|King of Scars (King of Scars, #1)|Leigh Bardugo|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1525110825l/36307634._SY75_.jpg|57978319]. I really enjoyed Nina's POVs, though, and I'm so happy to see the Crows again.

Overall, a really fun read with political intrigues (which I don't usually enjoy but I really liked it here) and twists and turns that really concluded this book satisfyingly. (Although I understand there's going to be a third Six of Crows book?!)

lida's review against another edition

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i didn't read this bc it sounded boring i just kinda skimmed thorough the last few pages and tell you what. keep the third soc book since it's tied to this bullshit saints shit i don't want it

ella0910's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional hopeful inspiring mysterious reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

_autumnng's review against another edition

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4.0

(4.5 stars)

"None of this had been fated; none of it foretold. There had been no prophecies of a demon king or a dragon queen, a one-eyed Tailor, Heartrender twins. They were just the people who had shown up and managed to survive. But maybe that was the trick of it: to survive, to dare to stay alive, to forge your own hope when all hope had run out.
For the survivors then, Zoya whispered to herself as the people before her knelt and chanted her name. And for the lost."

HOLY FUCK. WHAT A JOURNEY.

The sheer level of ANGST in this book was astronomical, but I can't say I didn't enjoy every minute of it.

ALL HAIL QUEEN ZOYA.

In all seriousness though, Zoya becoming queen like this was not something I saw coming. Even so, it makes perfect sense. She's going to do SO many great things. I thoroughly enjoyed all of her chapters and really appreciated her perspective. Additionally, her relationship with Nikolai had a lot of really excellent buildup, and I thought that the way they finally came together felt very natural. And of course Nikolai was charming as ever. I adored him in this book.

Killing off David was RUDE. I did NOT appreciate that. I feel so bad for Genya. She deserves the world and yet she's given THIS. Ridiculous.

I was about to throw hands at Leigh Bardugo for killing off YET ANOTHER one of Nina's love interests. Was very happy and relieved to find out that everything was okay and that Nina and her prince were going to work together to fix Fjerda. It just feels right. I seriously loved Nina's chapters in this book. She's EASILY one of my favorite Grishaverse characters of all time.

I loved seeing all of our main characters' storylines finally come together in the battle towards the end, but I will admit that I was EXTREMELY stressed during that entire sequence.

SEEING THE CROWS AGAIN WAS TRULY A GIFT. I was a mess of squeals in literally every single scene they appeared in. Kaz pretending not to know Inej but then proceeding to immediately agree to help Zoya and Nikolai after they said they would help Inej was literally the funniest thing. SIR YOU ARE A SIMP FOR THAT GODDESS AND YOU KNOW IT. I also LOVED seeing Jesper and Wylan still thriving as a happy couple. This right here is some of the funniest shit I've ever seen:

"'I'm not supposed to let you in,' Jesper said.
Brekker seemed unperturbed. 'Why not?'
'Because every time I do, you ask me to break the law.'
A voice from behind Jesper said, 'The problem isn't that he asks, it's that you always say yes.'"

JRHFHSJSKSK

Anywho, I legitimately SCREAMED when Inej showed up at the end. I love her. So much. And I'm SO excited to hopefully one day see Kaz (and HOPEFULLY the rest of the crows) steal the heart of Sankt Feliks. I don't think the Darkling deserves to be set free from his suffering, but I'll let that whole matter slide for the sake of more crows content.

To conclude this review, I'll simply say that I really enjoyed this duology. It definitely took some strange turns here and there, but I loved it. The characters are phenomenal. Leigh Bardugo has done it again. I can't wait to see what comes next.

neelareads's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

yeah THIS is the grishaverse!!! this book is a sprawling mess of high fantasy hilarity and emotion. a little too slow at some parts, a little too convoluted at others, but GOD IT WAS FUN!!!! i would die for nina zenik

Spoilerchapter 20 was - a lot. I understand how david's death raised the emotional stakes of the story in a few necessary ways, but I still found it to be a little gratituitous, especially from genya's perspective. The 'hair - colour, texture. smile - causes and effects' note killed me dead. i miss him.

jennamaree's review against another edition

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5.0

3 words: Nikolai F**KING Lantsov

fatima353's review against another edition

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4.0

4.5
I LOVED THIS BOOK
i enjoyed king of scars but i found some parts to be slow and kinda boring, but this book was face paced and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED SEEING KAZ AND THE OTHER CROWS AGAIN!!! i love how zoya became queen and how the end leads perfectly to a third book with the crows involved. however maybe it’s just me still not being over matthias’s death but i don’t ship hanne and nina together. i like hanne as a character but i just don’t ship them together whoops. also i’m kinda thrown off by the darkling choosing to be tortured in order to keep the fold from expanding. like i feel like it was kinda out of knowhere so i wish there was a chapter of his pov of why he decided to do that and yuri still being in there. but overall i loved seeing old characters like alina and the crows and zoyas development was really well done.