Review: King of Scars from Leigh Bardugo

Finished reading King of Scars from Leigh Bardugo.

Title: King of Scars
Writer: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: #fantasy #youngadult
Length: 511 pages
My rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Version: Hardcover

The book in three words: Secretive, Soulful, Darkly


Face your demons…or feed them. The dashing young king, 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, Nikolai 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 a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha general, 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 had serious trouble with this book. Usually I end up reading these immediately at one day perhaps even at one night but this book took a week for me to finish. It wasn’t because the book was bad. I think the reason was that I didn’t want it to end. I am not sure. I tried to savour it. I read the Nikolai’s point of views several times and I wanted more.

So to say, I enjoyed the book a lot. It was not a rollercoaster but it was an interesting read. There was not so much at the plot as Six of Crows or Crooked Kingdom had but there was enough. The third person point of view was smart, but I hoped I could have had more insights to Nikolai’s thoughts.

I can not go to the details as I do not want to spoil your reading, but I have to say that prepare yourself. There are major news coming! Huge changes in plot and a promise of more adventures! You need to read this!!

I gave four stars out of five. There was something missing. I need to think what it was as I am not sure. Maybe the lightness in some scenes.

Best quotes from King of Scars

“Do that thing you do where you use too many words to say something simple and confuse the issue.”

Leigh Bardugo, King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)

“Most of us can hide our greatest hurts and longings. It’s how we survive each day. We pretend the pain isn’t there, that we are made of scars instead of wounds.”

Leigh Bardugo, King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)

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