A review by joareads
King of Scars, by Leigh Bardugo

adventurous dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


An interesting addition to the Grishaverse with the book focusing on Nikolai, Zoya and Nina soon after the events of the Six of Crows duology.

It's great to see more of the charming Nikolai and discover how the events in the Shadow and Bone trilogy affected him, as well as Zoya and learn more about her character, shaped by her past. Nina is on her own mission and in mourning - it's heart-breaking to see how she's affected after the events in Crooked Kingdom.

The path this book takes is rather... unexpected with a new villain briefly introduced and another come to say hello. I love Nikolai's wit in this and his interactions with Zoya, although they fall a bit short towards the end. We get to see how Adrik is faring and another new character is introduced in Nina's part. The ending of this book is a bit of a shock and leaves the story hanging on possibility.

Not my favourite of all the Grisha books, but still good.