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Title:
King of scars
ISBN:
9781250142283

9781250231079

9781250225047

9781250225061

9781250225795

9781250231185

9781510104457

9781510105669
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Imprint, a part of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, 2019.
Physical Description:
514 pages : map ; 24 cm
Number in series:
1.
General Note:
Barnes & Noble exclusive edition contains a fold-out poster and annotated chapter (17 Nikolai) in the back of the book.
Summary:
No one knows what Nikolai Lantsov endured in his country's bloody civil war. Now enemies gather at his weakened borders, and 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. Zoya Nazyalensky is devoted to rebuilding the army -- but she also has enemies to conquer. Nina Zenik wages her own war to save the Grisha -- and must face the pain of her past. As a dark magic within Nikolai grows stronger, he must journey where the deepest magic survives -- and vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. -- adapted from jacket
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Summary

Summary

Enter the Grishaverse with the instant #1 New York Times -bestseller King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo.

"[Bardugo] touches on religion, class, family, love -- all organically, all effortlessly, all cloaked in the weight of a post-war reckoning with the cost (literal and figurative) of surviving the events that shape both people and nations." -- NPR

"The story exists at an intersection of past and future selves, and in the dawning understanding that what you most fear may be what you most need." -- Washington Post

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.

An Imprint Book

"Dark, beautifully written, and full of characters who instantly get inside of your head, the first book in this new duology is an instant classic." -- PopSugar

"Why You'll Love It: ... Leigh Bardugo continues to breathe new life into her lush fantasy world, and it's impossible to resist reading every single one.
For Fans of: Fantasy authors like Susan Dennard and Sabaa Tahir." -- Paste

"A richly detailed and refreshingly diverse world inhabited by individuals who, for all their magical talents, are resonantly human." -- The Washington Post

"Deadly clever political intrigue, heart-stopping adventure, memorable characters, and several understated, hinted-at romances (how will we wait?!) come together in one glorious, Slavic-folklore infused package. Bardugo's star continues to rise." -- Booklist , starred review

"The sharp dialogue and lovable characters continue to enthrall and bewitch long past the final chapter. With twists and revelations cleverly dispersed up until the very last page, this novel is a must-have for any book shelf." -- School Library Journal , starred review

The Grishaverse will be coming to Netflix soon with Shadow and Bone , an original series!

Praise for the Grishaverse

"A master of fantasy." -- The Huffington Post
"Utterly, extremely bewitching." -- The Guardian
"The best magic universe since Harry Potter." -- Bustle
"This is what fantasy is for." -- The New York Times Book Review
"[A] world that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp." --NPR
"The darker it gets for the good guys, the better." -- Entertainment Weekly
"Sultry, sweeping and picturesque. . . . Impossible to put down." -- USA Today
"There's a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo's original epic fantasy that sets it apart." -- Vanity Fair
"Unlike anything I've ever read." --Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent
"Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery!" --Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series
"This is a great choice for teenage fans of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien." -- RT Book Reviews


Author Notes

Leigh Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, Israel. She graduated from Yale University. Before becoming an author, she worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, as a makeup and special effects artist in Hollywood. She is the author of The Grisha Trilogy and the Six of Crows Series. The second book of the Six of Crows Series, Crooked Kingdom, became a New York Times bestseller in 2016.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-In the three years since Ravka's civil war, Nikolai Lanstov has kept his country afloat despite the arduous toll the warfare had on him. To surrounding nations, Ravka looks to be rebuilding, however, as a darkness inside Nikolai revives its flame, no amount of defense, alliances, or money can ensure a prosperous future for his country. With threats amassing Ravka's borders, a bastard king, a stone-cold commander, and a Saint among relics must be thieves and fast in order to keep their country from crumbling. Bardugo hits the mark with a delicious convergence of Grishaverse characters in this new chapter for Ravka. Fan favorite Nikolai receives a brilliant first act in his long-awaited duology, as privateer-turned-king proves it takes more than blood to make a strong ruler. Espionage and strife set the tone of the novel as Nikolai, Zoya, and Nina struggle to remember who they are within a field of fierce political rivalries. Owning their stories becomes integral to success as king, commander, and Saint confront their own demons. The sharp dialogue and lovable characters continue to enthrall and bewitch long past the final chapter. VERDICT With twists and revelations cleverly dispersed up until the very last page, this novel is a must-have for any book shelf.-Emily Walker, Lisle Library District, IL © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

In this sweeping dramatic fantasy, Bardugo returns to her Grishaverse and the events in both the Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology. Young King Nikolai struggles to maintain order in the kingdom of Ravka following war against the malevolent Darkling. Nikolai's efforts are complicated by the nocturnal emergence of a demon residing within him, and only his trusted confidante Zoya can help him maintain control. Meanwhile, Grisha-turned-spy Nina, still mourning the death of her beloved Matthias, works in secret to protect Grisha fugitives while investigating strange occurrences in the countryside. When Nikolai and Zoya vanish during an attempt to rid the king of his demon, it's up to his closest friends to protect the country in his absence, little realizing that the chain of events might lead to the resurgence of a great evil. This duology opener strongly relies on at least a passing familiarity with the previous series, making it less than ideal for newcomers. But Bardugo's portrayal of flawed, mentally and physically scarred protagonists is sympathetic and insightful, while the strong mixture of political intrigue, worldbuilding, and fantastical elements helps to drive the various story lines. Ages 14-up. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

Two narratives run parallel in this volume set in Bardugos Grishaverse (first introduced in Shadow and Bone, rev. 7/12). In one, Zoya, King Nikolais beautiful and ruthless general, strives to keep the kings possession by, and transformation into, a horrible winged monster a secret, but the beast (a remnant of a powerful Grisha they thought theyd killed) is getting stronger. In the other narrative, a Grisha named Nina is working undercover in magic-intolerant Fjerda, trying to smuggle other Grisha to safety. The story lines themselves dont intersect, but the political forces underlying them seem poised to clash, as fantasy versions of various cultures (Russian, Japanese, vaguely Nordic) head toward war. The characters of Zoya and Nikolai both sparkle with wit, and their pointed banter illuminates a brilliant, potentially romantic relationship with a seemingly inevitable star-crossed trajectory. Meanwhile, Ninas story has its own hint of romance: with Hanne, daughter of Ninas worst enemy, whom Nina helps to learn to control her hidden Grisha talent. The two story lines compete so strongly in interest that, when the narrative focus shifts, the disappointment of leaving behind the high-stakes action in one plot line is more than compensated for by the resumption of compelling drama in the other. anita l. burkam July/Aug p.123(c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

In this Grishaverse novel, King Nikolai struggles to keep his kingdom afloat in a destabilized, rapidly changing world.Though Ravka's civil war ended three years ago, Ravka still faces threats both domesticpretenders to the throne, policies that are popular with commoners but anger nobilityand externalold enemies like Fjerda, debts owed to Kerch. Worse, for the past 6 months Nikolai has been struggling with an enemy inside himself: The monstrous curse thought ended by the death of the Darkling re-emerges when he sleeps, posing a danger to his people, crown, and soul. With traveling becoming too risky given his secrets, Nikolai and his inner circle hatch a display of strength that will bring the other powers to him for diplomacy, using the cover of his seeking a queen. Meanwhile, in the months since the end of Crooked Kingdom (2016), grieving Nina has returned to Fjerda on a mission to rescue and recruit Grisha. Following the call of her changed abilities, she's drawn to an area with poisoned waters and a mysterious factory holding dark secrets. Multiple romantic storylines among the multiethnic cast develop organically and don't pull the focus away from keeping up with the plots. Strategically-deployed backstory makes already likable characters even more compelling; international political developments (especially with Grisha experimentation) are woven seamlessly in with the epic themes.Will leave readers begging for the sequel. (cast, maps) (Fantasy. 14-adult) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Though the nation of Ravka survived a brutal civil war, it was left ravaged and scarred, and no one knows this better than its king. Infected with traces of dark magic at the end of Ruin and Rising (2014), the concluding volume to Bardugo's first foray into the Grishaverse, Nikolai Lantsov weathers uncontrollable transformations in this duology starter, as he, charming king by day, becomes without warning a vicious beast in the night. With Ravka in desperate need of stabilization and delegations of princesses potential brides on their way, Nikolai and his Grisha general, the unshakable Zoya Nazyalensky, set off on a journey that, futile though it may be, takes them deep into the history of their country as they search for a cure. Meanwhile, in Fjerda, to the north, Grisha soldier Nina Zenik is on a mission of her own, one that's part spy assignment on Nikolai's orders, part a deeply personal journey through grief. This is Bardugo's third series in the Grishaverse, and while it draws from both the Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology, both Bardugo's skill and Nikolai's appeal are such that readers new to the world should have no problem joining in. Deadly clever political intrigue, heart-stopping adventure, memorable characters, and several understated, hinted-at romances (how will we wait?!) come together in one glorious, Slavic-folklore-infused package. Bardugo's star continues to rise. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Shadow and Bone (2012) was a New York Times best-seller; Six of Crows (2015) went nuclear. Batten down the hatches.--Maggie Reagan Copyright 2019 Booklist