King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars
by Leigh Bardugo

Nikolai Lantsov, now king of Ravka, is trying to rebuild and protect his fragile country all while hiding his own dark secret.

I was excited about this book coming out, but it didn’t live up to my expectations. As the first book in the Nikolai Duology, it didn’t feel like this book was really about Nikolai. Half of the story follows Nina, who has gone off to find a place to lay Matthias to rest. There was nothing entirely wrong with her part of the story, but it had little to do with what was happening in Ravka with Nikolai, at least not directly.

Nikolai’s part of the story, on the other hand, switched between him and Zoya, who felt more like the main character than the king did. Overall, I really did like this book, but there was a lot of dragging in the middle, and a lot of references to previous grishaverse novels that felt more like fanfare than story development.