King of Scars
King of Scars

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Series: King of Scars Duology Vol. 1   

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Annotation: Enter the Grishaverse with the instant #1 New York Times -bestseller King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo.
Catalog Number: #225877
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Square Fish
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Pages: 514 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-250-61897-5 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8604-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-250-61897-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8604-1
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
In one narrative, Zoya strives to keep the king's possession by, and transformation into, a horrible winged monster a secret. In the other, a Grisha named Ninaw works undercover to smuggle other Grisha to safety. The story lines themselves don't intersect, but the political forces underlying them seem poised to clash. Characters sparkle with wit, and hints of romance and high-stakes action add interest to compelling drama.
Kirkus Reviews
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 domestic—pretenders to the throne, policies that are popular with commoners but anger nobility—and external—old 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)
Publishers Weekly
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.)

Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred 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 tential brides 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.
Word Count: 145,170
Reading Level: 5.7
Interest Level: 9-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.7 / points: 23.0 / quiz: 500274 / grade: Upper Grades
Lexile: HL810L

See the Grishaverse come to life on screen with Shadow and Bone , now a Netflix original series. Enter the Grishaverse with the instant #1 New York Times -bestseller King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo, the first book in the King of Scars Duology. [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 Read all the books in the Grishaverse! The Shadow and Bone Trilogy (previously published as The Grisha Trilogy) Shadow and Bone Siege and Storm Ruin and Rising The Six of Crows Duology Six of Crows Crooked Kingdom The King of Scars Duology King of Scars The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic The Severed Moon: A Year-Long Journal of Magic

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