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The Grishaverse will be coming to Netflix soon with Shadow and Bone, an original series! The wolves are circling and a young king will face his greatest challenge in the explosive finale of the instant #1 New York Times-bestselling King of Scars Duology. The Demon King. As Fjerda's massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and ch The Grishaverse will be coming to Netflix soon with Shadow and Bone, an original series! The wolves are circling and a young king will face his greatest challenge in the explosive finale of the instant #1 New York Times-bestselling King of Scars Duology. The Demon King. As Fjerda's massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king's gift for the impossible. The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost. The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart. King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.


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The Grishaverse will be coming to Netflix soon with Shadow and Bone, an original series! The wolves are circling and a young king will face his greatest challenge in the explosive finale of the instant #1 New York Times-bestselling King of Scars Duology. The Demon King. As Fjerda's massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and ch The Grishaverse will be coming to Netflix soon with Shadow and Bone, an original series! The wolves are circling and a young king will face his greatest challenge in the explosive finale of the instant #1 New York Times-bestselling King of Scars Duology. The Demon King. As Fjerda's massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king's gift for the impossible. The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost. The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart. King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.

30 review for Rule of Wolves

  1. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    Mark my words, on May 6th, 2018, that I'm calling it now: the title of this book needs to be... Queen of Mourning. Page 455 of Crooked Kingdom, y'all. King of Scars? Queen of Mourning? Doesn't it have such a good ring to it?! AUGUST 22, 2020 UPDATE: ... don't talk to me. 😑 Mark my words, on May 6th, 2018, that I'm calling it now: the title of this book needs to be... Queen of Mourning. Page 455 of Crooked Kingdom, y'all. King of Scars? Queen of Mourning? Doesn't it have such a good ring to it?! AUGUST 22, 2020 UPDATE: ... don't talk to me. 😑

  2. 4 out of 5

    NReads

    this book can slap me and i would still say thank you

  3. 5 out of 5

    chai ♡

    The girl of my dream is just me but she already has this book

  4. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    omg. stop it. LB did NOT just make the final chapter a teaser for a third six of crows book. im screaming. the entire book was worth it just for that alone. ↠ 5 stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    krista ☽✧

    This is what love does. In stories , love healed your wounds , fixed what was broken , allowed you to go on. But love wasn't a spell , some kind of benediction to be whispered, a balm or a cure-all. It was a single , fragile thread, which grew stronger trough connection , trough shared hardship and honored trust.....'' But maybe that was the trick of it; ; too survive , to dare to stay alive , to forge your own hope when all hope had run out. '' summary/opinion , no spoilers off the previou This is what love does. In stories , love healed your wounds , fixed what was broken , allowed you to go on. But love wasn't a spell , some kind of benediction to be whispered, a balm or a cure-all. It was a single , fragile thread, which grew stronger trough connection , trough shared hardship and honored trust.....'' But maybe that was the trick of it; ; too survive , to dare to stay alive , to forge your own hope when all hope had run out. '' summary/opinion , no spoilers off the previous books. 5 starsss✨✨✨✨✨👀 This book was such a journey once again created my the brilliant Leigh Bardugo. This book was everything i hoped for after finishing king of scars. It is a journey of people who fight four their country , the dream of a better world , a world where grisha will be free and where Ravka will be whole again , a journey of hope for the country and for the charracters own wounds. The story is about fighting for that hope and the dream and it is about healing your wounds mentally and accepting yourself the way you are with your past included. This book brilliantly got all the grisha books together and made all the individual stories connect as a whole in a brilliant way. This revieuw contains spoilers for all the previous grisha verse books including king of scars. It also contains spoiler for rule of wolves itself but those are at the very last of this revieuw marked with bold spoiler tags ! Rule of wolves starts off right where king of scars ended. The darkling has returned like aloa bitches here i am again and he is now in a special cell in Ravka. It follows the povs we also had in the last book of ; Nikolai Lantsov who we need too protect at all cost who is now one with the demon inside of him and batteling for a better Ravka for the upcoming war against our lovely Fjerda , Zoya Nazalensky who is now one with the dragon and the spirit of Juris and who is fighting with her past and the acceptance of it while also batteling with nikolai against Fjerda and Nina Zenik who is still in the lovely Fjerda with Hanne and our lovely * cough * Brum trying too get information from the inside of fjerda too get too Nikolai. We also have some more povs in this book that i wont tell you about but which where intresting too the overall story. The plot , world The plot of this book was so freaking intense and just AMAZING. it is super fast paced and the stakes are high troughout the whole book , we have plently of plottwistst too keep us on our toes and makes us want too scream intoo the void very loud. We have multiple povs that show different sides of the story. The book is definitly charracter driven and driven on the struggles of the charracters and the orad towards fighting for a better future and accepting themselves but it is also very much plot driven , its just the perfect mix between these two elements that makes you connect somuch. The plot is just so intense and has lots of twistst and such a great plot/charracter driven combination that i live for. Charracters Nikolai Lantsov , the person who looks like a cinnamon roll and actually is a cinnamon roll Nikolai is officially my number one favorite male charracter. I love this male so much. Leigh created a very sarcastic charracter who has somuch hope in his heart and gives that hope too others and is willing too do anything for that better world and no matter how dark the days get he makes a new sarcastic comment and holds on too this hope and drives Ravka trough all the bad. But Leigh also really shows with his charracter that even if someone is on the outside very outgoing and cheerfull inside they can be struggeling and this is so important , Preach Leigh. My bby deserves nothing but happiness and this duology gave him somany more layers of depht. also he gives us amazing banter ,we stan him here on this page. '' Is it the shadow inside you that makes you brave ? '' '' I should hope not. i was making bad decisions long befor that thing showed up. '' '' was that what drew him to this life as king ? He longed for peace for his country , but did some part of him fear it aswell ? Who was he without someone to appose him , without a problem to solve ? '' Zoya Nazyalensky , the general who looks like like she could kill you and actually would DAMN. what a female charracter. Zoya is so complex and her story really came too life in this duology. We have somuch more depht too her and her story really came together in this finale book. Zoya is brave and fights for the things she believes in and she is slowly going too the journey of accepting herself and her past , of letting love in instead of pushing it away because she is scared of getting hurt. I love watching her development somuch. Zoya chose mercy when it was so easy too chose vegance. this is what i call charracter development pREACH. This girl is amazing. You are strong enough to survive the fall. But that was an old voice , the voice of a hurt child who had no one to trust , who feared there would always be someone more powerful and cruel then her. She would forever be a bloodthirsty , furious girl , but she might allow herself too be something else too. If she had helped to earn piece for Ravka , then maybe she could grant her own heart a bit of piece aswell. Nina Zenik , looks like a cinnamon roll but could actually kill you Nina Zenik , my queen of waffles. This girl will forever be one of my favorite female charracters. She is brave , can be impulsive , loves waffles , is stubborn and wants her way , is passionate and loves very deeply and is sassy , Krizzie is that you ?? i relate too her a lot and i love her story in this duology , the story of grieve but about finding happiness again and about accepting the things that have happend and give it a place. Also all the side charracters i still love , they all have their own personality and add something too the story and all the banter the charracters have together is too live for. Romance I live for the slowburn between Nikolai and Zoya , they developt even more together in Rule of Wolves and i just screamed at all the scenes they have together. In my opinion they have somuch chemistry and the scene where nikolai follows her too the garden is cheff kiss. I also love their banter , no what i live for it. And the way they accept eachother for who they are with their flaws and how they can be themselves with eachother but OH THE SLOWBURN , the angst HELP. Overall this is such a good sequel in this duology and i loved it even more then King of scars , the plot is constant full of action and high stakes and tension , the romance is slowburn and full of chemistry , there is great banter and amazingly worked out charracters OH AND emotional pain i warn you. i cried my eyeballs out at 1 am. SPOILER PART , SPOILERS OF INSIDE RULE OF WOLVES CONTENT. - THE CROWS OHMYLORD the crows appeared. i honestly screamed when kaz showed up and then Jesper bby and Wylieeee. AND THEN AT THE END INEJ. YES !!!! i loved how this book connected all the stories together. The story of the crows , the story of alina and mal [ yes they also appear and i actually liked it even tho i died a little when i heard mal speak ew. ] , the darkling and the charracters from this duology like this is just masterpiece work connecting all these pieces. AND THE BANTER OF THE CROWS. i wheezed so hard and my heart is happy. '' because unlike Kaz , i have a conscience. '' '' I have a conscience, '' said Kaz. '' It just knows when to keep its mouth shut. '' Jesper snorted. '' If you have a conscience , its gagged and tied to a chair somewhere. '' - Zoya becoming the dragon OHMYLORD I SCREAMED. this is just ugh. i sobbed and screamed. - i loved having a darkling pov , it makes him even more complex and it was intresting too me too look inside his mind and it shows us that he is indeed just so afraid of being forgotten and being unremembered , alexander. - THIS LINE I SOBBED ; '' Nikolai followed his queen trough the mountains and knew hope would leat them home. '' ZOYA BEING QUEEN YES. - the transgender rep of Hanne !!! i love this and saw it coming. i love how leigh includes this without it being forced. - i still dont like Nina with Hanne a lot but i am glad they are happy. i just dont stan but the romance is good. But i just want matthias bby oops. i am biased. - this line from Nikolai too zoya. goosbumps everytime ; I will always seek to make it summer for you. '' fuck i am so happy they are endgame and happy together now. they deserve it somuch. Thier chemistry is just +++++++ - THE KISS WE ALL HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR , THE SLOWBURN. - THE PAIn , david his death fucking broke me and i am still a mess. on the fucking wedding day Leigh is a monster. i hate her yet i love her. last quote i swear ; '' Then i would gladly be your prince , your demon consort , your demon fool.'' '' you will grow to hate me. Im too sharp , too angry , too spitfeful. '' '' You are all of those things , but you are so much more , Zoya. Our people will come to love you not despite your ferocity , but because of it. Because you showed mercy in our darkerst hour. Because we know that if daqnger comes again , You will never falter. give us that chance. '' ''Get a message to the crow Club'' she said '' Tell Kaz Brekker the queen of Ravka has a job for him. '' FUCK WHAT A WAY TOO END THE BOOK , I AM 100 % SURE NOW WE ARE GETTING ANOTHER SIX OF CROWS BOOK AND I AM SCREAMING STILL. SPOILER HAVE ENDED read this book , be in pain and be happy. NOW

  6. 5 out of 5

    franzi ✿

    SPOILERS EDIT: after a couple of hours of sleep there’s honestly so much more i could talk about. from both of leigh’s heroines (old and new) being shoehorned into a maternal role that fits neither of them, to nina’s rushed romance with hanne and the way leigh handled zoya’s suli heritage. but there aren’t enough hours in the day and patience in me to discuss it all. ORIGINAL: i know this is 4 days before the official release date, but my copy got shipped early. heads up: if you're a die-hard fan of SPOILERS EDIT: after a couple of hours of sleep there’s honestly so much more i could talk about. from both of leigh’s heroines (old and new) being shoehorned into a maternal role that fits neither of them, to nina’s rushed romance with hanne and the way leigh handled zoya’s suli heritage. but there aren’t enough hours in the day and patience in me to discuss it all. ORIGINAL: i know this is 4 days before the official release date, but my copy got shipped early. heads up: if you're a die-hard fan of leigh or king of scars, you won't like this. so look away. i'll try to make this as coherent as possible. it's 2am, forgive me. the last time i sighed so hard at a book was when i read acotar. so strap yourselves in. THE TOO-FULL-NESS OF IT ALL this book is full. too full. there's too many things happening, so much so, that some lose their significance in the grand scheme of things, e.g. at some point in the book nikolai has a nearly deadly accident with one of his flying ships but it is glaced over within a page even though leigh supposes nikolai is deeply shaken by it. and then it's never mentioned again. within the first few chapters ravka is meeting fjerda on the battlefield and after a first victory for ravka the war suddenly disappears. there's no retaliation until about halfway through when fjerda bombs os alta and then the violent conflict disappears again. only in the last quarter of the book do the armies meet on the battlefield again. it's hacked off, the brunt of the war, the terror and violence lessoned by every single thing leigh throws in in between. because there is a Lot she has decided to throw in. besides ravka's war with fjerda, there's the trouble with princess ehri and her guard mayu, there's queen makhi and her plot, there's jarl brum, the fjerdan crown prince, the lantsov pretender, the apparat (???), the blight (that she's calling VAMPIRE), A WHOLE HEIST SHE SQUEEZED IN and of course, the darkling (more on him later). because of the constant pov switch between five characters there are times were several chapters fly by before you get to read a certain characters pov and storyline again and it rips you out of the action. speaking of the povs: there's too many of them in my opinion. king of scars already struggled with the divide between nikolai, zoya, nina and isaak and rule of wolves fairs no better. jumping back and forth between nikolai, zoya, nina, mayu AND the monk gets tiring and as forementioned just rips you out of the individual storylines. there just certain plot points that should've stayed on the editing room floor. for example mayu's whole pov. while i can appreciate that leigh finally decided to flesh out shu han and its people more and to try and step away from this cartoonish Evil Country image, it derailed the second half of the book. ravka is on the brink of collapse, nina is risking her neck in fjerda and suddenly you're in shu han, listening to mayu's existential crisis. not to mention that before giving her this pov, leigh has done almost nothing to spark interest in this character. she was an assassin sent to kill nikolai. that's the end of it. but she got a whole pov out of it. i couldn't bring myself to care. the heist. what was that. i knew the crows were going to make an appearance at some point because leigh said so (and the crows are probably by far the most popular grishaverse characters) but this was too much. while i enjoyed kaz, jesper and wylan's appearance (a breath of fresh air, really), it was, again, too much. writing out a whole damn heist while this book was supposedly about a king and country at war felt....redundant. especially with everything else that was ALREADY happening in this book. the cameos. like i said i enjoyed the crow cameos but it just filled the book and felt in my honest opinion too fan service-y. the apparat thing. let this man die. PLEASE. that last minute reveal of him wanting to build a new country under the pretender's banner with zoya as his saint was just....what. not only was it completely out of left field but it was unnecessary. i know leigh used it to trigger zoya's acceptance of her powers but she literally could've done that in ANY other way that would involve plot points that were previously mentioned. the blight why the fuck would she call this "vampire" when there has been no previous mentions of vampires existing, that's RIDICULOUS. it made a grand entrance in the beginning of the books and then, like everything else, was swept under by everything else that happened in this book. its attacks are mentioned several times in this book, but the horror and the threat of it aren't built up enough to make it into the world destroying threat leigh tells you it is in the end. and it is only dealt with in the very end. second to last chapter. no, i'm not joking. if the blight was this important she should've dedicated WAY more time to it, to the search of the monastery. it just fell short in the end. i could go on because, again, there was just TOO MUCH. but this would get too long. alas, let's move on. i didn't know where else to put this but playing up genya and david's romance so it would hurt more when she killed david off was a cheap fucking shot. THE WRITING the writing was disappointing, to say the least. after six of crows, i thought leigh would improve even further than she already had since the og trilogy but rule of wolves proved to be a regression. it is repetitive. the "banter" is generic and you can't really assign it to any character, the lines are practically interchangeable at times. she also can't seem to decide whether she expects you to have read her previous books in the grishaverse and know certain things or whether she wants to explain everything again. the explanations of events of previous books are quite frankly boring, and they happen again and again. not to mention that she even tries to explain the same things several times. i know what sun soldiers are, leigh. you've explained it 3 times in this book. THE DARKLING AKA LEIGH'S ARCHNEMESIS the darkling. the boogey man of the grishaverse. where do i begin? she should've let him stay dead. his presence serves next to no purpose. only in the end he's conveniently the only immortal being around to sacrifice himself to stop the blight. which brings me to my next big point: leigh needs to decided how the fuck she feels about him and how she wants to write him. because this is a mess. i already have a bit of a grudge over his characterization (and inconsistency thereof) in the og trilogy but i'll leave that out of this today. so, let's focus on rule of wolves. throughout this book the darkling swings back and forth between being a deeply troubled, ancient and powerful man, who starts to faintly doubt himself and what he has done in the past and a mustache twirling, cartoonish mega villain. and it is infuriating. leigh has him tell us his past, has him quietly yearn for kinship and for safety for the grisha, his people, and in the next moment he's back to making grand schemes of terrifying the population into obeying him. she paints him as sympathetic, a man that can be understood and then she randomly adds in more crimes he apparently committed. one second she has him help nikolai fight against fjerda and the next he suddenly wants to leave him to die. it doesn't add up. it's inconsistent. he tentatively starts to second-guess himself but in the end she has him declare that he regrets nothing he has done in a textbook villain monologue. it's ridiculous. which brings me to my next point: FINGER WAGGING, DOUBLE STANDARDS AND OTHER THINGS I LOATHE leigh has an agenda. it's clear as day, especially in this book. there are several scenes where she outright wags her finger at the reader, scolding them for daring to interpret anything in her works differently than she wanted them to. the most glaring of them all is the meeting between the darkling, alina and mal. very aware of the criticism of the ruin & rising ending, she has alina explain how actually, she didn't give up her powers, she was punished for being greedy like the darkling (because remember, he's the Big Bad Boogey Man) and now that she lives a quiet life tending to orphans with the man who really wanted her not to have her powers in the trilogy an elephant never forgets, malyen, she's happy. in this effort to justify herself, leigh bends alina so far out of character that she forgets she knows the darkling's name. yeah. she has characters mention several times that the darkling isn't deserving of redemption, in those words. yes, they actually say redemption. we get it leigh, you hate him. then there's the double standard within leigh's magical system. she has a whole scene of a character talking about how the grisha powers are the "small science" and how everything needs to be in balance or else. yet zoya is part of this very conversation with basically unchecked power. she can master all summoner powers, she can read other's emotions, she has visions and of course, she can turn into a dragon. there's no established boundary to what zoya can do but balance is important. alright. another thing that annoyed me a lot was the fact that leigh spent considerable time having her characters discuss humanity, the horrible position being at war puts you in, the terrible decisions one has to make and nothing groundbreaking ever comes out of it. lines like "we are all monsters now.", "i am the monster, the monster is me." and "mercy means nothing if we can't protect our own." are supposedly there to embrace moral grey areas, to show case how difficult decisions sometimes have to be made. yet, the darkling is condemned for his every action even though he did it to protect his people. it doesn't add up. either you fully embrace this moral grey space or you keep your fingers away. this flip-flopping is incosequential and annoying. in general, leigh wants you to interpret her work exactly as she wants or she'll nag at you through her story telling. it's petty and not a good trait in an author. THE (OPEN) ENDING the final fight with the fjerdans was....something. zoya flying in as a lightning spewing dragon seems like a fever dream and i honestly have no words. and the open ending with zoya sending word to kaz....please don't. let these books and characters rest. don't be cassandra clare. SILVER LININGS yes, there were things i liked! i adore these characters, which is why i sat through this book in the first place. so, here's a list of some positive things: - nikolai and zoya! their moments were incredible! i'm a sucker for royalty x general ships and they delivered. the scenes in zoya's garden and nikolai's confession tore me apart. why could we not have more of this? - the crows! jesper and wylan being domestic and in love? sign me the fuck up! kaz still being a scheming bastard, outsmarting everyone and longing for his wraith? yeehaw baby!! inej sailing the seas unbothered, hunting slavers and being extra as fuck? what a queen - the darkling's pov. when it was good, it was good. it made glaringly obvious all the potential that he had and i mourn it every day. ALL IN ALL... this book was a mess. there's no way around it. if you enjoyed it, if you loved it, good for you. i wish i was you. but for me this is a no. zoya, nikolai, i'm so sorry leigh didn't think that you could carry these books. you deserved more than this. one last thing: how the fuck is jarl brum still alive after all of this?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tharindu Dissanayake

    “All the Saints and their ugly mothers.” Bardugo has outdone herself again! Based on a lot of reviews, I didn't expect this series to measure up to the standards set by SoC - and the first book did feel like a step down - but Rule of Wolves makes a phenomenal comeback! For me, this second book is right up there with SoC duology, and I loved every bit of it. “I have a surplus of bad ideas,” It feels repetitive to mention how much I've come to admire Bardugo's writing, world building, and character “All the Saints and their ugly mothers.” Bardugo has outdone herself again! Based on a lot of reviews, I didn't expect this series to measure up to the standards set by SoC - and the first book did feel like a step down - but Rule of Wolves makes a phenomenal comeback! For me, this second book is right up there with SoC duology, and I loved every bit of it. “I have a surplus of bad ideas,” It feels repetitive to mention how much I've come to admire Bardugo's writing, world building, and character building, but, I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge those excellent traits. I think she can make anything immersive enough to keep a reader engaged. But Rule of Wolves isn't 'anything'. It makes up nicely for the somewhat slower-paced King of Scars by delivering a highly eventful, and a thoroughly entertaining wrap up to the duology which is full of suspense, mystery and anything else one could hope for. Considering the length of this book (compared to previous ones), KoS could've easily been a trilogy. It certainly would've been possible with how much was happening in this book. I'm really grateful that Bardugo decided to pack everything here, and not to keep the readers waiting for a third book. “I like to keep all of my potential assassins in one room.” The story picks up from that annoying ending of King of Scars, but the author introduces a set of twists at beginning, to eliminate the predictability of the story. We get a couple of new POVs, and some brief side quests to Shu and Kerch. It's a little difficult to say anything here without spoiling, so I'll just stop at saying there are some nice surprises waiting for SoC fans. I thought it would be annoying to read The Monk's POV, but it turned out good, if not amusing. Just like with King of Scars, even with the new POVs introduced here, more than half of the book orbits around Zoya: She is definitely the main character in Rule of Wolves. But I'm not complaining, as she has become one of my favorite characters in Grishaverse. Although, I feel she may be a little too over-powered here. The gloomy nature of Nina is not much changed, and I think Bardugo is not willing to make her character appear shallow by making her quickly recover over the loss of Matthias. I definitely hope to see her in future Grishaverse books. And finally, with beast or no beast, Nikolai is awesome as ever, and full of humor. “We could play cards,” suggested Nikolai. “I’ve been working on a new poem—”(Tolya) “Or we could shoot ourselves out of a cannon.”(Nikolai) “A bit of culture wouldn’t hurt you.”(Tolya) Saying the plot was eventful is an understatement for this one. There was so much happening, and it often felt like reading a sequel to SoC. The suspense kept on building, and the ending was spread throughout the last quarter of the book instead of confining it to the last few chapters. It made the ending much more satisfying, and helped tying up a lot of loose ends. It was nice, for once, to have a proper ending. “I think strong men show strength, but great men show strength tempered by compassion.” This time, with this being the last book and one with the big war, I thought I was prepared for loosing one or two characters towards the end, but Bardugo caught me off-guard. That bomb fell fell out of nowhere - literally and figuratively - and it was nearly impossible to recover from the melancholy it caused even after the end. And then, again, when it came to the last two chapters of Nina, Bardugo almost had me again. That could've broken the ending for me, but luckily, she must've been in a good mood when she wrote Nina's last chapter. "I have a gift for order and a taste for chaos." For me, I think this is the first time that a second book of a series worked out this well, by elevating the overall quality of a series. While S&B trilogy was good, I don't think I'll re-read it in foreseeable future. SoC was incredible, and I can't wait till I get to re-read the duology, but as both books of that duology were equally good, no surprise there. This duology had a very different effect. Although I did enjoy King of Scars, it didn't have that 'must re-read' quality. But Rule of Wolves made me re-think that. The second book was a huge step-up from the first, and it not only became great on its own, but also elevated the overall quality of the duology, making one certainly wish for a re-read. “Love is not known for making men reasonable.”

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hamad

    Normal people: Rule of Wolves sound awesome Me who read Crooked Kingdom & is still traumatized: Why does it have wolves in the title? :((((((

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mash

    *.·:·.☽✧ 5 stars ✧☾.·:·.* NOTE: Umm, so I accidentally hit character limit so forgive me for ending the review abruptly! **This will contain spoilers from the previous books from the Grishaverse (including the Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology) and from King of Scars, All spoilers for this book specifically are marked by 💜💜** Rule of Wolves takes off immediately after where King of Scars leaves off. Ravka is still in debt and Nikolai and his friends are still reeling from the *.·:·.☽✧ 5 stars ✧☾.·:·.* NOTE: Umm, so I accidentally hit character limit so forgive me for ending the review abruptly! **This will contain spoilers from the previous books from the Grishaverse (including the Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology) and from King of Scars, All spoilers for this book specifically are marked by 💜💜** Rule of Wolves takes off immediately after where King of Scars leaves off. Ravka is still in debt and Nikolai and his friends are still reeling from the events of the last book. The bride he was to wed is gone and the assassin who was in her place is almost dead. So many citizens have been lost and Ravka is still in turmoil but only Nikolai and Zoya know exactly how much trouble Ravka is in. Allies have been lost and many old enemies have returned. Nina is now deep in Fjerda, living a double life as a spy, as she conflicts with her feelings for Hanne and her duties as a soldier, she realises that not everything is as it seems. Zoya is struggling with who she is and is still trying to come to terms with her role in Ravka and everything she will have to do to serve her king and her country, and when an ancient threat returns, she knows that she must give everything to ensure the safety of everyone she loves. With enemies lurking in every country and many in his own, Nikolai must now put all his efforts into saving Ravka or all hell will break loose and everything will be lost. To put it simply, I absolutely adored this book. It took me a really, really long time to actually read King of Scars and I ended up rating it 4 stars because I liked it but there wasn’t that extra lovable part. For this book, however, it’s as if Leigh Bardugo took all the little things that were wrong with King of Scars and made them so much better. This was a wonderful sequel and I accidentally finished it in one sitting and I have absolutely no regrets. Full review ahead, but feel free to skip to the bottom for the overview! The writing was beautiful and just as good as Bardugo’s writing in all the previous books. I explained this in my review of King of Scars but I love her writing because of how atmospheric and detailed it can be and how much she “shows” instead of just “telling”. In my other review I said “ I love when she (Bardugo) writes in third person because it really brings out her writing and allows me to connect to it very well.” and this is still completely true, I love third-person and I love the way Bardugo writes it. This book is mainly written from the perspectives of Nikolai, Zoya and Nina, however there are some chapters from the perspective of The Darkling (as the monk) and also Mayu (in Shu). I didn’t find any of them boring and I read it all because I love multiple POVs so much, but I will talk about this more later. I think the book was evenly spread between the perspectives and all the POVs were distinct and well-written. “Love was the destroyer. It made mourners, widows, left misery in its wake. Grief and love were one and the same. Grief was the shadow love left when it was gone.” The plot was amazing and very engaging. I was constantly at the edge of my seat because there was so much action and so much going on. Because of the multiple POVs, there was never a moment where the plot was dull or boring, it was always crazy and packed and filled me with adrenaline. I loved all the plot twists, even the ones that broke my heart, because they made so much sense. I loved Nina’s chapters because they gave so much information about Fjerda and naturally, it was chaotic and I loved it. I really liked Nikolai and Zoya’s chapters because they were always at the centre of all the action in Ravka and their perspective gave us front-row seats to all the main plot points. In the first book, their perspectives were similar in the way that they were privy to the same situations but in this one, they were both doing separate things so it was more interesting because I got double the action. The ending was crazy and exhilarating and I loved every moment of it. It didn’t end exactly how I expected, which was great, but I liked that there were so many things that I wanted in the ending. Overall, the plot was amazing and very, very well done. “Go home and tell them what you've seen, Nikolai thought as the demon soared through the night. Make them believe you. Tell them the demon king rules Ravka now and vengeance is coming.” The characters, oh my god, I loved them all so much. I raved about all these characters in my other review but how am I supposed to resist? They are all so amazing, individually and all together. They all have their flaws but those just make them even more lovable. These characters are testament to my obsession with fictional characters and I am not complaining, at all. “He feared for his country and for himself. He’d be a fool not to. But some part of him, maybe the privateer, maybe the demon, maybe the prince who had clawed his way to the throne, was itching for a fight.” Oh Nikolai, I love him so much, it’s almost unhealthy (almost!).He’s just such a refreshing and interesting character. He’s like a bad boy with all the mystery and charm but none of the toxicity (thank god) or possessiveness, he is perfect. I know I’ve said this so many times but he is so flawed yet so amazing and hard-working. He is dedicated to his country and ALWAYS puts his people first, no matter how much it pains him to do so. He feels a lot but he hardly ever acts upon his feelings if he knows that they can cause harm or do no good because he is willing to sacrifice everything for the people he serves and those that serve him. I absolutely adored his relationship with his friends and how much he cared for them, he is definitely on my top 3 list of fictional boyfriends (after Cardan and James that is). I entirely blame Leigh Bardugo for setting the bar so high for the future because if he doesn’t have the mind of an engineer or a hundred flying ships, I don’t want him. I would apologize for going on for so long about Nikolai but really, I’m not sorry at all. “The world might crumble, but Nikolai Lantsov would be holding up the ceiling with one hand and plucking a speck of dirt from his lapel with the other when it all went to ruin” As always, Zoya says the truth. “Did she want to forget? What a gift that would be. To never feel as humans did, to never grieve again. Then it wouldn't be so hard to leave this room. To shut the door on what might have been.” Speaking of which, I LOVE Zoya with all my heart. She is one of those characters that I will always look up to and always aspire to be because of how amazing she is. I really cannot compare her to any other characters I know because she is very different and individual, in the best way possible. After I read King of Scars, I liked Zoya but I knew that she could have been so much greater and so much more and that is exactly what I got in Rule of Wolves. Her character development (arc) was so beautiful and such an amazing experience to witness. I feel that in this book, Zoya really shone because she discovered so much about herself and she learned to embrace her flaws and become an even stronger character. I love her strength and her spirit and how she does everything with determination and always thinks before she does anything. Her backstory is honestly heartbreaking but it is very clear that it made her the person she is today and I love her so much for it. “I’ll call it a victory.” “Then enjoy it,” Tolya said, climbing atop his huge gelding. “People only say that when they know it won’t last.” “Of course it won’t last,” said Zoya. “What does?” “True love?” suggested Tamar. “Great art?” said Tolya. “A proper grudge,” replied Zoya” Tell me this doesn’t sound like a conversation the crows would have? Zoya sounds like Kaz and honestly, I stan. “Why did you go to her? Because with her he was human again.” Ahhhh, Okay so I already talked about how much I adore Nikolai and Zoya individually but can I just say that THEY ARE PERFECT TOGETHER. Zoyalai is perfect and amazing and I love them so much. They are quite the opposite of each other and it works so, so well. I love the way they challenge each other but also support each other. I love that they always have each other's backs, no matter what happens and I also l0ve how they are never afraid to call each other out. All the little moments throughout the two books built up their relationship so well and that climax, oh my, I about died. They have everything, the tension, the angst and all the swooning, I love them both so much! I could literally go on for days but I really don’t want to talk (or would it be write?) anyones ears off so I’ll stop here, basically I love them and I want more of them, that’s it. “Don’t go,” he said, still half asleep. “I have to bathe. I smell like a forest fire.” “You smell like wildflowers. You always do. What can I say to make you stay?” His words trailed off into a drowsy mumble as he fell back asleep. Tell me it’s more than war and worry that makes you speak those words. Tell me what they would mean if you weren’t a king and I weren’t a soldier.” “They left the garden and walked back through the woods. On the path, they parted as they always did—she to the Grisha, and he to the Grand Palace. He wanted to call her back. He wanted to follow her through the snow. But his country didn’t need a heartsick boy chasing after a lonely girl. It needed a king.” I died Oh my god, my heart. Okay so Nina omg, Nina is literally amazing and she was so great in this book. Her journey from sadness to healing to happiness was a beautiful thing to see. After Crooked Kingdom, I was heartbroken, not only because I liked Matthias but also because of the effect I knew his death would have on Nina and I was scared for her because grief can do so many things to a person. In KIng of Scars, we see Nina begin to think more about her future but she was not yet at a point where she had embraced it all but in this book, our queen finally did it. She developed beautifully and seeing her recover made me almost cry because I connected to her on so many levels and it was like seeing an old friend come out of sadness as an even better person than they once were. I loved her relationship with Hanne and how wholesome it was. I loved how simple their relationship was (in a good way!) and despite her past, Nina was able to find someone for her a second time and I am so proud of her for it. After the ending of this book, I know there will be a third Soc book so I am going to say it now, to Leigh Bardugo, I swear to god, you better leave Nina Zenik alone, she has been through enough and she has recovered from so much sorrow, you let her be happy and let her live so I can die in peace, please. 💜💜OKAY SO THIS NEXT PART WILL HAVE SPOILERS, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!💜💜 Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, WE GOT CROW CONTENT OMG. I literally could not believe it, we got crow content. *whispers* we got crow content. “I’m not supposed to let you in,” Jesper said. Brekker seemed unperturbed. “Why not?” “Because every time I do, you ask me to break the law.” A voice from behind Jesper said, “The problem isn’t that he asks, it’s that you always say yes.” Ahhh I will reread this simply so I can go back and read the tiny little bit of content we got. Ahh where to start? Kaz sounds just as chaotic and crazy as before but it’s like he has matured a little and I was so happy to see him. The little part where Nikolai says that the heist has something to do with Inej and Kaz almost stumbles, omg I died, completely died. Speaking of which, “Captain Ghafa” has such a nice ring to it, what a queen. I will never not stan Inej Ghafa and when it’s mentioned that she has been saving so many slaves and is actually affecting the Kerch economy, PLEASE, I love her so much. And the moment at Zoya’s coronation (I’ll talk about that later!) where she grins when Zoya talks about her AHHHH, I screamed because I was watching two queens come together omg, my life is complete. And then Wylan and Jesper are so happy and are literally living their lives, i have never been so grateful. My babies are so amazing and Wylan’s reaction to the heist being about Inej and he's all for it when it’s about Inej? Ahhh I love them all so much omg. Overall, If I could give this a sixth star because of the crows, I most definitely would. Okay so OMG THAT ENDING OMG. Now I can say Queen Zoya and people who have not read this will be like “yess we stan” but they won’t know that she is in fact queen, that ending was so unexpected but I loved it so much. I think it was so perfect and it worked so well because as amazing as Nikolai is, Zoya definitely makes the better sovereign but I am ready for him to become her king/husband/consort because it will be perfect, I already know. David’s death was so sad and the fact that he died on his wedding day ahh, I will never forgive you for that Bardugo. But On a good note, I cannot wait to see where Genya’s story goes from here. Also, the fact that the ending fulfilled all my Zoyalai dreams, ahhh Thank you so much Bardugo, thank you. See how I go from saying I will never forgive the author to thanking her? That's why I love these books so much ahh, they are everything to me, EVERYTHING! Yes so that last line OH MY GOD, Leigh is literally torturing us! In case you don’t remember (or you’re reading this even if you haven’t read the book, which btw don’t do that to yourself please) this is it! “Get a message to the Crow Club,” she said. “Tell Kaz Brekker the queen of Ravka has a job for him.” When I tell you I screamed ahhhh. This is the ultimate cliffhanger, we don’t even know what the heist is and when it will happen but I need the third SoC book NOW, she said it's years down the line and I am scared, how long do we have to wait??? YEARS?? HOW?? AM?? I?? EXPECTED?? TO?? WAIT?? YEARS? YEARS???? 💜💜OKAY SO SPOILERS HAVE ENDED!💜💜 As you can tell, I loved this book so much. The writing was as beautiful as all her other books, the plot was amazing and there were so many good, unexpected plot twists and the characters are some of my favorite ones of all time. If you have made it all the way here, thank you so much for reading my whole review and bearing with me. I hope this helped! Blog Pinterest

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mariah

    "Maybe that was the trick to it: to survive, to dare to stay alive, to forge your own hope when all hope had run out." This all started in Shadow and Bone, and seeing how far we have come, all that these characters have gone through to get here is just I honestly don't understand how people skip that series and think they can fully grasp the impact of what goes down in the SoC and N duologies ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Some non-spoilery thoughts for you: -How I went from hating Zoya to her being my favorite ch "Maybe that was the trick to it: to survive, to dare to stay alive, to forge your own hope when all hope had run out." This all started in Shadow and Bone, and seeing how far we have come, all that these characters have gone through to get here is just I honestly don't understand how people skip that series and think they can fully grasp the impact of what goes down in the SoC and N duologies ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Some non-spoilery thoughts for you: -How I went from hating Zoya to her being my favorite character in the series is just... Hats off Ms. Bardugo. -I thought I couldn't despise the Darkling more than I already did?? But then Zoya's POV, and Genya's reflections on their time at the Little Palace and the stuff that went down during TGT just doubled that. So there's that. Fuck the genocidal gaslighting asshat. -I will never hear the word 'Privateer' and not giggle. -The way this is relevant and relatable. The diversity. The impact. Wowww.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Miss.Fiction

    4.5 stars. Leigh deserves the world. I deserve an ambulance.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mary S. R.

    UPDATE #2: cover title synopsis 😱 *is overwhelmed and dies* ★ Cover? GORGEOUS as usual *swoooons* ★ Title? AWESOME and thankfully not Queen of Storms—I’d have personally jumped out a window if the sequel continued to be Leigh fangirling over Zoya and forgetting Nikolai existed. ★ Synopsis? HOLY. Could this be everything I’d wanted King of Scars to be? Will we finally get Nikolai being a charming and kingly scheming boyo stealing all our hearts? Will there be Nina as an awesome awe-inspir UPDATE #2: cover title synopsis 😱 *is overwhelmed and dies* ★ Cover? GORGEOUS as usual *swoooons* ★ Title? AWESOME and thankfully not Queen of Storms—I’d have personally jumped out a window if the sequel continued to be Leigh fangirling over Zoya and forgetting Nikolai existed. ★ Synopsis? HOLY. Could this be everything I’d wanted King of Scars to be? Will we finally get Nikolai being a charming and kingly scheming boyo stealing all our hearts? Will there be Nina as an awesome awe-inspiring spy who’s making Kaz proud? (view spoiler)[Or my fave cunning terrifying Aleksander on our side? (hide spoiler)] I can only hope. Book series playlist: Spotify URL —★— UPDATE #1: we have a release date and it's March 30th 2021 and I'M NERVOUS DHHWJSJWJ —★— This sequel could both be the worst and the best thing ever! It all depends on Leigh Bardugo. I'm begging you: please don't disappoint me! Things I want: am I the only one who... • has been waiting for Nikolai to be the actual character whose story we're reading and not Zoya? • has been waiting for the powerful and dark Ulla to make an appearance? *wicked grin* • is begging for Inej or Kaz to pop up? • has been waiting for [spoiler for Ruin and Rising] (view spoiler)[ Alina (hide spoiler)] to make an appearance? *hopeful eyes* • needs a reunion between [spoiler for King of Scars] (view spoiler)[Aleksander and Alina (hide spoiler)] ? • wants to see [spoiler for Ruin and Rising] (view spoiler)[Alina and Mal (hide spoiler)] have a child who happens to be Grisha? With special powers? • would love an inside look into Shu Han? • wants to see [spoiler for King of Scars] (view spoiler)[the Darkling (hide spoiler)] do his thing and just outwit people? Things I'm anticipating: To read... • what havoc Nina is gonna wreak, and her hopefully pulling off a higher level of Six of Crows! • her romance grow even more! • about Hanne's conflicts when the time comes for her to make a dreadful choice. • my terrifying [spoiler for King of Scars] (view spoiler)[Aleksander (hide spoiler)] fully back in action and not turning into a pathetic loser against [spoiler for King of Scars] (view spoiler)[Zoya's new powers (hide spoiler)] . • Nikolai slaying it with his scheming, with even more twisted political intrigue! Things I'm dreading: To read... • another 500 pages about Leigh being too obsessed with Zoya and forgetting whose story she's writing. because I swear King of Scars was just things happening to Nikolai and he wasn't doing anything, just in the sidelines. Only the last chapter was him in action. • Nikolai becoming a pathetic puppy around Zoya and everyone talking about how great they are together and no one seeing Zoya's hypocrisy in constantly undermining him despite saying that she respect him (focus on the saying/ as it doesn't actually happen. He's a goddamn genius, not a helpless king who can't even tell his general off when she disobeys his orders. • thousands of words forcing Leigh's opinion on me with how she's so desperately in love with Zoya and how she is ‘the best thing ever’. I love Zoya, but I don't want to read a fangirl's account. Zoya is too full of hate and anger and wants to kill first, ask questions later, and Leigh keeps praising her for it. • Zoya now being the most powerful character all of sudden and the whole world being in her reckless hands, and her succeeding in exacting revenge from [spoiler for King of Scars] (view spoiler)[the Darkling (hide spoiler)] . • [spoiler for King of Scars] (view spoiler)[Aleksander dying again. By Zoya's unworthy hands, no less. (hide spoiler)] If that occurs I will never ever go near a Grishaverse book again because that world will be lost to me! My review of KING OF SCARS (Nikolai Duology, #1): CLICK TO READ REVIEW

  13. 4 out of 5

    daria ❀ دریا

    4/18/21: amazing brilliant wonderful incredible never been done before!!!! oh and re my original review: i got what i wanted and THEN SOME watch this book kick my ass live right here: https://youtu.be/Na7PF8O3Esk 1/3/19: i will be coming to collect my zoyalai endgame this time around!! BOW DOWN TO THE KING OF SCARS & THE QUEEN OF STORMS 🤴🏼👸🏻 4/18/21: amazing brilliant wonderful incredible never been done before!!!! oh and re my original review: i got what i wanted and THEN SOME watch this book kick my ass live right here: https://youtu.be/Na7PF8O3Esk 1/3/19: i will be coming to collect my zoyalai endgame this time around!! BOW DOWN TO THE KING OF SCARS & THE QUEEN OF STORMS 🤴🏼👸🏻

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cardan Greenbriar

    SO MANY SHIPS SO LITTLE TIME!!!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elle (ellexamines)

    not to be dramatic but oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god

  16. 5 out of 5

    karen

    None of this had been fated; none of it foretold. There had been no prophecies of a demon king or a dragon queen, a one-eyed Tailor, Heartrender twins. They were just the people who had shown up and managed to survive. But maybe that was the trick of it: to survive, to dare to stay alive, to forge your own hope when all hope had run out. this is the second book of the third series set in bardugo's sprawling grishaverse, so unless you're already invested in this world, this review will be useless t None of this had been fated; none of it foretold. There had been no prophecies of a demon king or a dragon queen, a one-eyed Tailor, Heartrender twins. They were just the people who had shown up and managed to survive. But maybe that was the trick of it: to survive, to dare to stay alive, to forge your own hope when all hope had run out. this is the second book of the third series set in bardugo's sprawling grishaverse, so unless you're already invested in this world, this review will be useless to you, and if you are already invested in this world, you don't need me to tell you why this book is so awesome. to be honest, i didn't love the first book of this duology—King of Scars. her writing is always spectacular, but i was a little who cares-y about central-character nikolai, whose glibness can be a bit wearying. there were definite high points, but it just didn't grab me. this one grabbed me. this one was...huge. it was everything i wanted, and a perfect example of what bardugo does so well: she's an expert plotter, she presents morally complex characters who are neither heroes nor villains, she backs her characters into impossible situations whose eventual solutions are often completely unexpected, but not cheat-y, and she's willing to kill off characters—most of whom stay dead. this one is all Big Important themes and oppositions: war and its cost, technology and...its cost, the uneasy relationship between magic, religion, and science, the conflict between tradition and progress, and how some will see miracles where others see only monsters. it's also about doing a necessary thing no matter the consequences. there are so many characters, so many different perspectives, so many spinning plates and fragile relationships and loss—layers of strategy and sacrifice, diplomacy and sacrifice, responsibility and sacrifice, restraint and sacrifice. did i mention sacrifice? it's a lot to keep track of, but it is all impeccably managed. i'm really glad i read The Lives of Saints before this one, because although it's just a series-companion-book, it does connect, although you won't miss out on anything if you haven't read it. and YES, some beloved characters make an appearance, some in substantial roles, and some mere cameos, but the ending makes an intriguing promise about the next plotline, and i am ready. some pull-quotes: on being underestimated: No one takes care to guard against a dull blade. on sainthood: I will give them salvation until they beg me to stop. on being a woman, a mother, a daughter: "What we want...what we want for ourselves and for our daughters has never been the question. Only what we can bear." Survive this place. Survive this life. Find someone to protect you since you're not fee to protect yourself. Sire children. Pray for boys. Pray the strange and willful daughter you raised will somehow find her way. Fear for her, watch over her, realize your fear and your watchfulness mean nothing when the storm comes on. on magic and power: "And this creature"—Brum pointed at Zoya—"the Stormwitch or whatever abomination she's become. No one should have such power." "I'll wager the same thing was said of the first man who held a gun in his hand." i loved this book hard, and i’m even coming around a little bit on nikolai. and, to go along with my "under the hood" photo in my King of Scars review: phoar. ******************************************** i tried to read it slowly but now it's over and i miss it already. review TK ******************************************** MINE MINE MINE MINE MINE!! ******************************************** i know it's only a month away now, but i want this so bad i'm about to start kicking things until it's mine come to my blog!

  17. 4 out of 5

    ✨ jamieson ✨

    I think we can all agree zoya nazyalensky (RTC)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Party Poison

    I have ordered the book. It was on sale. At Indigo. Now I have to finish The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue so I can read this as soon as it arrives. If my love, Kaz Brekker, does not have a cameo in this book, I will be beyond angry.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    Please don't kill anyone else I love in this one, I beg you. My heart can't take it _______ My reviews for { all books in the Grishaverse} : [Grisha Trilogy] Book 1: Shadow and Bone Book 2: Siege and Storm Book 3: Ruin and Rising [Six of Crows Duology] Book 1: Six of Crows Book 2: Crooked Kingdom [Nikolai Series] King of Scars Please don't kill anyone else I love in this one, I beg you. My heart can't take it _______ My reviews for { all books in the Grishaverse} : [Grisha Trilogy] Book 1: Shadow and Bone Book 2: Siege and Storm Book 3: Ruin and Rising [Six of Crows Duology] Book 1: Six of Crows Book 2: Crooked Kingdom [Nikolai Series] King of Scars

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    This series already started growing on me as I read more about characters’ POVs and getting more connected with them, being wooed by the mesmerizing world building and more action packed, riveting storyline, multiethnic, crowded, varied characterization with LGBTQ representation, the epic journey and mind blowing cliffhanger which makes you bang your head against the wall a few times because you need to wait for the next book to learn what’s gonna happen next and you keep praying the author dete This series already started growing on me as I read more about characters’ POVs and getting more connected with them, being wooed by the mesmerizing world building and more action packed, riveting storyline, multiethnic, crowded, varied characterization with LGBTQ representation, the epic journey and mind blowing cliffhanger which makes you bang your head against the wall a few times because you need to wait for the next book to learn what’s gonna happen next and you keep praying the author determines good faiths to your favorite characters! The story takes off where the things left off at the first book with blazing, whirlwind start. Nikolai’s dealing with the bastard rumors which threatens his reign and focuses on complicated trade relationships, his soon to be bride is gone thanks to his sister’s big plan to get rid both of them at the wedding day. And poor Zoya is dealing with the burden of more dangerous assignments which forces her to face with Darkling as Nina works as a spy, living a double life, around Fjerda to find proof to silence the bastardy rumors and learn more about their secret war tactics to be used as leverage, confused with her feelings about Hanne. But a mysterious blight’s sudden appearance changes the game. The blight starts destroying everything at its path which forces Nikolai does something imminent to save Ravka before things are getting out of control. As we may imagine the story ends with another cliffhanger which makes us bite our nails harshly . It’s impossible not to awe of author’s powerful, detailed writing style I am truly jealous of and I can trade my husband’s one kidney to be nearly as talented as her and teaming with the amazing characters ( especially Nikolai and Zoya are my favorites) you feel closer at the ongoing chapters. I enjoyed this second book of the series more than the first one! I highly recommend you to be part of this journey! This is extraordinary!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Monroe

    4.5 stars I feel so fulfilled. RTC

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rae

    “I’m running out of room,” she said without turning to face him. Let's be clear about something before we start- I wasn't really a fan of Zoya. Like, I don't hate her but I also don't like her because honestly? I was pretty meh about her redemption arc in the prior books before this. Like she's just an okay character but for me to cry for her- I was like, "yeah, right". Or so I thought. She stood with her perfect profile turned to the glittering night sky, her hood sliding bac “I’m running out of room,” she said without turning to face him. Let's be clear about something before we start- I wasn't really a fan of Zoya. Like, I don't hate her but I also don't like her because honestly? I was pretty meh about her redemption arc in the prior books before this. Like she's just an okay character but for me to cry for her- I was like, "yeah, right". Or so I thought. She stood with her perfect profile turned to the glittering night sky, her hood sliding back. Snow was beginning to fall, and it caught in the dark waves of her hair. “I plant something new for every Grisha lost. Heartleaf for Marie. Yew for Sergei. Red Sentinel for Fedyor. Even Ivan has a place.” She touched her fingers to a frozen stalk. “This will blossom bright orange in the summer. I planted it for Harshaw. These dahlias were for Nina when I thought she’d been captured and killed by Fjerdans. They bloom with the most ridiculous red flowers in the summer. They’re the size of dinner plates.” Now she turned and he could see tears on her cheeks. She lifted her hands, the gesture half-pleading, half-lost. “I’m running out of room.” Until this freaking scene hit me like a wrecking ball and dude- I freaking cried. Like "Oh, there's tears in my kindle oh my gods I'm so pathetic why am I crying over fictional characters?" cried. See, contradictory to my other reviews which is really just me expressing my tears in different non-creative ways, I am not a crier. Like, I rarely cry. (view spoiler)[I mean pained as my heart was, I didn't shed a single tear when David freaking died- although I did feel like I was getting run over by a bus for like ten times. (hide spoiler)] And I know this is a super weird scene to cry about and it's probably not the most quotable part of the book but it just hits me that this people are barely adults and they've witnessed more deaths than I do and they can't even mourn about it properly because of their circumstances and really- it just hits so freaking hard that I'm just bawling. I love King of Scars, it's a fun book that tackled the Grishaverse in another angle and while all is said and done, it was pretty tame for me. Rule of Wolves, on the other hand, is the perfect finishing touch for this duology- it complements the first book so well - it's darker, more daring, and dare I say more fun. I was pleasantly surprised on how much Bardugo actually expanded the horizons on this one- she tackled the concepts of family, friends, religion, and love (especially love) so very well that I'm still just so giddy about it all. I also love that she even took a deeper dive on the characters and developed them so much that it's just so good- I am a sucker for character depth. I even enjoyed the politics in this book, which just played so naturally with the entire story. The world-building, characters, and plot points in this one is simply pretty impressive. My little tidbit about this book though is that while I appreciate Bardugo taking it up to the next level, I just think that things were a little shaky. I feel like this book was trying to do a bit of everything too much, and I appreciate the multiple perspectives and plot points and all but I think some of them were a bit loose. I think this book tried to fix some of the issues that were thrown under the rug back in the Shadow & Bone trilogy and TBH, I am completely conflicted whether I appreciate that or not. This has been overall an amazing ride, and such an ending for a charming duology. I will be forever thankful to Leigh Bardugo for creating the Grishaverse. I've honestly been in a flunk for a while now and Ruler of Wolves (and Six of Crows) has honestly been such a comfort read for me during this horrible time. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to read every single annotation I have of (view spoiler)[the Crows cameo and (hide spoiler)] Zoyalai moments as I ignore my actual real-life responsibilities- (view spoiler)[PS. Joran though- like I'm so mad at him for killing Matthias (LIKE I KNOW IT WAS SYMBOLIC AND ALL BUT WHY?!?!) but also like I feel really bad for him because those ideals were doctrine for like, ever since he was born- but OMG I was literally thinking about the 14-year old kid that killed Matthias when it was revealed that he was that kid and I just choked at that revelation like- PSS. Also, Kaz was pretty much a simp for Inej and I just love it. Shadow&Bone is up on Netflix on the 23RD and it is everything- I had been blessed. PPS. "Get a message to the Crow Club," she said. "Tell Kaz Brekker the queen of Ravka has a job for him." Is this the third installment of Six of Crows I smell? Well, I'll be damned- take my money. (hide spoiler)]

  23. 4 out of 5

    rose ★

    bumping this up to four stars because i told myself i was only allowed to buy it if it was a four or five star read but then i went ahead and bought it anyway so... (that’s a joke, but like... kinda not. i’m gonna just go ahead and be very generous w this rating lolol. but it’s probably closer to a 3.5) ☆ ”i will always seek to make it summer for you” ok !! so, where to begin this review? i have to admit, my feelings toward this duology have always been complicated. i read king of scars in ap bumping this up to four stars because i told myself i was only allowed to buy it if it was a four or five star read but then i went ahead and bought it anyway so... (that’s a joke, but like... kinda not. i’m gonna just go ahead and be very generous w this rating lolol. but it’s probably closer to a 3.5) ☆ ”i will always seek to make it summer for you” ok !! so, where to begin this review? i have to admit, my feelings toward this duology have always been complicated. i read king of scars in april 2019 when i first discovered and went on my grishaverse binge, and i have to admit that i really didn’t like it. for how excited i was to read a book all about nikolai, i felt he was so sidelined, and i really hated the ending of kos. it made me so angry then, and still does now. but ,, even despite my disappointment when i read it, king of scars has taken up free rent in my mind for the past two years. there’s a lot of sentiment and nostalgia towards it, and i haven’t been able to stop thinking about nikolai and zoya. i was so, so excited to read rule of wolves!! and while, yea, that three star rating might not look too hot, its a lot higher than i honestly expected it to be, so i’m not too disappointed! (also, this first half of the review will be general and spoiler free! i’ll have a spoiler section below but that will be clearly marked :) the first thing i gotta say about this book may not be a great thing, but it has to be said. because wow was this MESSY. yup. it was all over the place. there were so many side plots, conflicts, and resolutions, it was just too much. if you asked me to tell you the main plot of this book i’m not sure i could tell you. king nikolai lantsov and his general zoya nalyalensky try to fix... everything? also lets try to solve the internal conflicts of every person who’s ever been mentioned in this world. cause that’s... kinda what it feels like. i definitely think this book would have honestly been able to do more for me if it attempted to just do less, if that makes sense. going along with that point, there were really just too many povs. i actually liked nina’s in this one (exciting !!) but the ones that weren’t from our main three... i just really didn’t care about. i always have the problem with multiple perspectives where i just won’t care about one of them, but in this book i didn’t care about most of the perspectives, which makes for a bit of an annoying time when you get like five pages with your fave then know it’ll be a while until you see them again. so, what did i like about this book? to put it simply ,, the characters. i love them so much. nikolai and zoya are my lifeblood. every character in this book is so well fleshed out, and so well written. besides that, this is just a fun read. there’s twists, reveals, fantastic humor and so many memorable moments. though it does leave us with a rather open ending, it still gives a lot of closure and manages to answer many big questions in this world. so would i recommend this series? to grishaverse fans, sure! it definitely doesn’t live up to the quality of six of crows, but is still a worthwhile read :) ✨✨✨spoilers for this book (and probably all the grishaverse books) start here✨✨✨ ok!! now, buckle up. i have so many thoughts to try and fit in here. this part of the review, i can almost guarantee, will not be coherent :) things i didn’t like - white passing zoya?? leigh bardugo really should have made it clear from the beginning that zoya didn’t look suli. for her to commission art of zoya with darker skin and suli features, then just drop here that she’s actually pale and looks ravkan isn’t a very chill thing to do :/ (and for all fan artists, can we just please ignore this bit of canon together ?? thx) - literally what was the darkling doing? nothing. why did he have to be there? i could not tell you if i tried. he just wandered around complaining and his was by far the most boring part of the book. but i never cared about him in the first place ,, so i guess its what he deserves <3 - so. much. fanservice. i mean, to be fair, as a fan i kinda appreciated the service! but i wish all those cameos hadn’t felt so forced. the heist plot line that you could have taken out and the overall storyline wouldn’t have been different like ,, at all? don’t get me wrong, i loved getting to see the crows again. their dyanamics are everything to me. i just wish their role had been written better. - zoyalai needed more time !! and by time i mean ,, time together. they were separated for so much of the book and i cannot believe how short their scenes together near the end were. they deserved at least a soft epilogue and i am quite sad they didn’t get one :,( - is the ice court even hard to break into/ out of ?? because for how much soc set up its impenetrable-ness, nina and hanne and even magnus opjer (is that his name?) spent a lot of time just sneaking around it with like zero difficulty or consequences. so that’s kind of a major plot hole. - why did nikolai step down? i understand that, for his arc, it makes sense. after all, he never seemed to really want to be king, or want the responsibilities of running the country. but near the end, there was so much set up for the people to accept him because of what he did for them. but there was no resolution of that, just him passing all the titles and credit to zoya (but ok yes i do have to admit that i’m so happy she’s finally queen) - are we supposed to be sympathetic or not towards the darkling not that i will be, like, ever. but i’m still confused. - the dragon yes, i am aware that the foreshadowing of this was literally neon lights knock you on the head over the top obvious. but still where did that come from. things i liked!! - INEJ !! yes, yes, i know i said earlier that the crows cameos didn’t quite do it for me. except that her’s totally did lolol. what i loved about her appearance is that it wasn’t trying to force anything. it didn’t try to make it serve a specific purpose or anything. she was just allowed to be there. it made sense that she would make an appearance at the coronation of ravka’s new suli queen !! she showed up to witness a new chapter in her county’s future, and we get to see her living her dream!! and there was nothing more to it, really! i thought it was great :) (also, u know that line from ck where she says they’ll know her name then gets all excited when zoya knows her name?? iconic honestly) - no rights for the darkling!! i’ll literally never understand when people complain about leigh not writing the darkling as a sympathetic character?? like, to put it in the wise words of kit young, “he’s bad bad news”, and he did bad bad things. but when leigh bardugo writes from the perspective of the people- and especially the young women- he manipulated, abused, and traumatized, she’s just “pushing her agenda” and “ruining his character” by hating on him so much? yea maybe she is pushing an agenda. that we should never sympathize and side with abusers, especially when they are so relentlessly unapologetic? i don’t see why that’s controversial? because it shouldn’t be. - zoya of the garden?! this was such a small thing in kos, but it was something i latched on to and really, really wanted to learn what it was about. i was scared it would be forgotten in all the other things going on but oh boy was the wait worth it. that scene was so beautiful and shows such a different side to zoya, i loved it so much. very glad we got to see it <3 - queen zoya it actually happened !!!!!!! - magnus opjer (i still don’t remember if that’s his name. i hope so lol) i really thought he’d be this like evil character, but the little we saw of him he was so great! nikolai getting to have, for even a moment, a good parental figure, someone he didn’t have to be ashamed that he was related to, was so nice to see. and i hope linnea plays a role in any other grishaverse books that come out! - ZOYALAI i’d be lying if i said i came to this book for any reason other than them. though i’d wish they’d had more moments together, the ones they did have were so so fantastic. i was terrified that they wouldn’t be endgame, so getting to see them happy and in love at last meant so much to me. i’ll stan forever <3 OKAY now i don’t know how to end this !! i’m also sure i forgot so many of the things i wanted to say, so if you see me updating this a ton, i apologize. just pretend that’s not happening :) ☆ lol but now idk whether to write a review or an anti d*rkles rant/ explanation cause i started writing the former but it turned into the latter and i can’t decide if i should risk his stans or stay safe so... just know the review is coming. i have a lot of feelings to sort through first. ☆ i really was half expecting to give this one star, but look at her! she wasn’t horrible at all! anyways, it’s 2:53 in the morning so i’m going to go to bed now, but will hopefully write a review later today. i have a lot of thoughts ;)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Klaus

    12/25 (48%) 2 stars. I’ve read it and the best I can say about it is that it’s finally over. This the biggest disappointment of my reading life. King of Scars was a step back down the ladder, Rule of Wolves was jumping into an abyss. Because the plot is a clusterfucking convenience that doesn't make any sense at all - and because this whole book is basically a marketing skit for the adaptation. ---- Booktube Rant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN6OG... --- Why do I say that? BECAUSE EVERYONE IS IN 12/25 (48%) 2 stars. I’ve read it and the best I can say about it is that it’s finally over. This the biggest disappointment of my reading life. King of Scars was a step back down the ladder, Rule of Wolves was jumping into an abyss. Because the plot is a clusterfucking convenience that doesn't make any sense at all - and because this whole book is basically a marketing skit for the adaptation. ---- Booktube Rant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN6OG... --- Why do I say that? BECAUSE EVERYONE IS IN THE FUCKING BOOK! At some point, I wouldn't have been surprised if Matthias had shown up. With Darlington and Alex Stern in tow, sipping coffee from Starbucks. This is The Fellowship of the Grishaverse, written so that all the dumbheads who are too lazy to reread Shadow and Bone & Six of Crows before running to Netflix need to read just a single book - this one. This book, that makes almost the entire plot of both the trilogy and the first duology... unnecessary. Everything that has been accomplished hasn't been accomplished, everybody gets a ridiculous cameo, people can now break into and out of the Ice Court whenever they want - and the magic system has been completely abandoned. Now it's just about introducing as many senseless twists as possible. Never in my life has a book let me down this much. Reading this was more disappointing then reading Harry Potter and the fucking Cursed Child. I am as disappointed as possible, and if it wasn't for my 'objective' rating system, then I would've given this one star. Because I expected so much more from this. Lmao, I can't even count the ridiculous plot conveniences. This read like anti-fanfiction: everything I didn't want in this book WAS IN THE BOOK. If you want to know more details, check out my Booktube review, but basically, my biggest issue was that EVERYONE was in the book. And I do not like that one bit. If you write a 'happily ever after' for characters we've followed for three books, then let them have that happily ever after. —— Dialogue 3 Setting 3 Characters 2 Writing Style 3 Plot 1

  25. 5 out of 5

    Fari

    Rule of wolves was somehow everything I needed and my biggest nightmare. I love Zoya and Nikolai and they deserve all the stars but this book was a big mess. I Would've given it more if Leigh Bardugo had given Nikolai and Zoya the attention they deserved in the last chapters. I will start with the positives. Zoya and Nikolai in my opinion are Leigh Bardugo's best characters and couple. Even with less POVS than they deserved, these two made this book somewhat good. Wish they weren't separated so Rule of wolves was somehow everything I needed and my biggest nightmare. I love Zoya and Nikolai and they deserve all the stars but this book was a big mess. I Would've given it more if Leigh Bardugo had given Nikolai and Zoya the attention they deserved in the last chapters. I will start with the positives. Zoya and Nikolai in my opinion are Leigh Bardugo's best characters and couple. Even with less POVS than they deserved, these two made this book somewhat good. Wish they weren't separated so much. We see Nikolai Lantsov at his best, his mind at work, seeing him as the genius and smart guy he is which was something I missed a lot in king of scars. Zoya Nazyalensky had a beautiful character arc, the journey of opening up to let others in made me emotional. Zoya and Nikolai as a couple killed me. They were so great together, the angst, the pinning, the confession, every single moment was done well. The moment Zoya accepts she loves him was beautiful. I thought I was ready to see Nikolai Lantsov in love but I wasn't really, he is so sweet and understanding. There is this one thing he says to Zoya which was so perfect and made me cry. Honestly all of their moments were perfect, they understand each other so well, keep each other strong. I loved everything the small gestures, the reading each other well,missing each other and the quotes, so many good quotes! The garden scene is my favorite, Nikolai was so good with her. I can keep going on and on about these two and talk about every moment in detail but that would make this review too long. They will always have a special place in my heart and I already miss them a lot. Now for what I didn't like, Leigh Bardugo seemed to once again forget this was Nikolai's duology with unnecessary cameos, fan services and povs. As if Nina wasn't enough she introduced two new povs "Mayu," who is princess Ehri's gaurd and the monk who is Darkling and they both were utterly boring. When I reread the book without reading their povs, it seemed so much better. I rather would've seen Nikolai and Zoya together or Nikolai just annoying people really. Mayu's pov also could've been giving to Tamar who was already a well loved character there wasn't need to give them to her. Nikolai still felt like a secondary character in his own book, he deserves better than that. There wasn't even any arc for him??? He stays the same from the beginning to the end. He is such a great character. He deserved a better duology The plot as expected was a mess, if you asked me to explain what happened, I wouldn't be able to tell you. There was too much happening at once. It felt like random things kept happening. And a lot of things just happened because they were convenient. Nikolai and Zoya deserved a lot better than this being grishaverse avengers endgame sort of thing. I still believe Nina felt like an extra character in this book and never should've been a part of Nikolai's duology let alone get this much screen time, almost the same number of chapters as Nikolai and more chapters than Zoya. Her chapters kept interrupting the flow. The order of chapters was once again horrible. Leigh Bardugo should've found another to give her a happy ending or should've waited til SOC3. Nina brings nothing to this book IMO. Major spoilers ahead: If you you're one of the people who unnecessarily hate Zoya this book is not for you! “𝑰'𝒎 𝒔𝒐𝒓𝒓𝒚 𝑰 𝒄𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒄𝒍𝒂𝒊𝒎 𝑹𝒂𝒗𝒌𝒂'𝒔 𝒄𝒓𝒐𝒘𝒏, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝑰'𝒎 𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒚 𝑰 𝒄𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒄𝒍𝒂𝒊𝒎 𝑳𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒔𝒐𝒗 𝒃𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒅." I understand why Nikolai gave up the throne I really do but there should've been more development for it. He was tired of hiding the fact he was a bastard and with this one move he was free. He went from hiding he was a bastard to revealing it in front of everyone and saying he is glad he isn't a Lantsov. He ended the rule of Lantsov line. I still wish it was made more clear what his job is now. From what I understand he would still rule by Zoya’s side. Nikolai worked hard to get the crown and it isn't like him to ran away from responsibility. The whole book was spent showing why he deserves to be king but in the end somehow everything changed? Was this done for shock value or was it changed at last minute because the author didn't want to end grishaverse? 𝒁𝒐𝒚𝒂'𝒔 𝒎𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒘𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒈. 𝑰𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔𝒏'𝒕 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒓𝒖𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒉𝒆𝒓, 𝒊𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒉 𝒐𝒇 𝒊𝒕. 𝑺𝒉𝒆'𝒅 𝒃𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒅𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌 𝒐𝒇 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒏𝒈. 𝑺𝒉𝒆'𝒅 𝒍𝒆𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒅 𝒇𝒓𝒂𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒏𝒂𝒑.. The moment Zoya lets go of her Mother's words and embraced her aunt's words was so powerful. I cried so much she went from not knowing what hope is to talking about forging her own hope, she went from thinking being loved by one person in her life was enough to accepting love. Her growth and arc were so good. "𝑾𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒈𝒐 𝒐𝒏, 𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑰. 𝑰𝒇 𝑰 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅𝒏'𝒕 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒒𝒖𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒇𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒂 𝒘𝒂𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒘𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒃𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒍𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒚. 𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒂 𝒔𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒎𝒚 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆. 𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒎𝒂𝒓𝒄𝒉 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒃𝒍𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒄𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒓𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒋𝒐𝒌𝒆𝒔 𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒍 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒅𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒔𝒂𝒊𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒅𝒐. 𝑰 𝒔𝒖𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕'𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒚 𝑰 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖” Their relationship is so beautiful. They can finally be together, Nikolai knows she's the one he would marry but still wants to court her properly, give her gifts my sweet guy he is such a romantic. Zoya is content with him by her side, thinks she is lucky and never been loved like that. They finally got their happy ending. My heart is so full and I miss them so much. They were only good part about this mess The last chapters felt so uh boring or dull? Wish Leigh Bardugo wasn't so focused on Darkling. I wish there was more of Nikolai in the last chapter instead of the SOC3 build up, more moments of him and zoya as a couple. I appreciated Genya and Zoya moments but the last chapters should've had him and Zoya too. They went through so much only for us to not see them much as a couple? Nikolai deserved that much in his OWN duology. Zoyalai better get povs in soc3 or appear for a long time after what leigh pulled in their book. Inserting Nina, crows cameo, last chapter being build up for soc3 etc. Were all the cameos not enough?? Was forcing Nina into Nikolai's books not enough? I'm so Angry about it all, Nikolai is such a good and interesting character he deserved a better duology. I used to appreciate Leigh Bardugo reminding people Darkling is the villain but I now don't see the point, his fans still haven't accepted it they don't agree with Leigh. Now, I wish she didn't use Nikolai's books for that and focused on Nikolai more instead. I don't like Darkling at all but Bardugo should just accept there is nothing she could do to change people's minds specially when a popular actor is bringing him to life. In all honesty, I wouldn't be this bitter if the last two chapters were done well. Nikolai's last chapter was dedicated to Darkling? Genya calling him out ?? It was needed maybe but in his last chapter? When it was possibly the last time we were in his head??? Instead of seeing him be happy with his life we had to read about Darkling sacrificing himself? Wasn't it his duology? Didn't he deserve this much at least? The last chapter had Zoya/Genya, Zoya/Nina, Zoya and Alina friendship moments, even Zoya and Inej for crying out loud but barely any Zoya and Nikolai? It was used to let people know the grishaverse still has stories left. It all felt so werid. I wish it just wasn't so open ended. I wish it was an “Epic conclusion to the king of scars duology” like it said it would be. We barely know anything about what Nikolai is up to now? Is he a general? What titles does he hold? How happy he is. We don't even know where he lives now for crying out. Where his bedroom chambers are? He barely was in the last chapter of his own duology. I swear it feels like Bardugo just wrote this duology to give other characters happy endings and expand grishaverse. Just used Nikolai's name. The book felt incomplete, it kind of felt like an open ending. This series should've been a trilogy really, there was too much happening, too many questions left unanswered. I wouldn't be surprised if kos3 is on cards (unless soc3 would be grishaverse:endgame) but I would appreciate if we were straight up told about it instead of being left in the dark to guess about it. Also, what the hell was that Nina ending?? She could be the future queen of Fjerda?? How will soc3 work now? It was so absurd. She gave up her real identity to be with her love interest?? How will that even work? “𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐’𝘭𝘭 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘎𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯. 𝘐 𝘭𝘦𝘧𝘵 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘥𝘰𝘰𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘙𝘶𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘞𝘰𝘭𝘷𝘦𝘴. 𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘐 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘣𝘺𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘯𝘰𝘸. 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘵 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘐 𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘦𝘹𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘥𝘴.” - 𝘓𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘩 𝘉𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘶𝘨𝘰 If that is a goodbye for now then Zoya and Nikolai fans deserved a better goodbye specially if she doesn't even know when she's going to go back to grishaverse. And that also basically proves she used this book to let everyone know there is more left. I honestly wish she was more direct and told us if there is more left for Zoya and Nikolai's story too. I'm so sorry, Nikolai and Zoya you both deserved a lot better than this. In conclusion: Zoya and Nikolai deserve all the love as individuals and couple. Deserved more chapters and more moments as a couple. Deserved better than their book being used to give another character a happy ending, to remind people why the villain is a villain and to let people know there is more left. They deserved a sweet epilogue but I'm still glad they found their happy ending.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    She sure knows how to pack a punch in her endings 😳 Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  27. 5 out of 5

    emma

    i did not like the grisha trilogy. i did not like the first book in this duology. but i did preorder this, because i'm LOYAL. i did not like the grisha trilogy. i did not like the first book in this duology. but i did preorder this, because i'm LOYAL.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Devanshi

    I'm gonna keep this totally spoiler free because I read one major spoiler and was hurt so bad. But anyone who wants to talk about the book can DM me. Because I really want to☺. I've added some quotes, which are spoiler free but don't go further if you want the full experience. But maybe that was the trick of it: to survive, to dare to stay alive, to forge your own hope when all hope had run out. I don't know where to start. Maybe with KoS? I'm gonna be completely honest and say that I wasn't very I'm gonna keep this totally spoiler free because I read one major spoiler and was hurt so bad. But anyone who wants to talk about the book can DM me. Because I really want to☺. I've added some quotes, which are spoiler free but don't go further if you want the full experience. But maybe that was the trick of it: to survive, to dare to stay alive, to forge your own hope when all hope had run out. I don't know where to start. Maybe with KoS? I'm gonna be completely honest and say that I wasn't very invested in that story. It was slow paced and I didn't like Zoya. I read it because I'll read just about anything with one word from Nikolai. But this book!! It didn't disappoint. Not in the plotline atleast. I have a few problems that I'm gonna mention below. Otherwise it was everything and more I wanted from the Bardugo who wrote SoC. But people didn’t turn their eyes to the heavens in search of the dark. It was the light they sought. The best part of this book was the plot. If you have read every single Grishaverse book before this and felt some faults in the endings... This one covers them all. I was a bit skeptical about the direction it took after KoS, but I think this ending was satisfying. If there is ever supposed to be a climax, this is what it should look like. The battle scenes, the writing, the emotions, the politics..... Everything so raw and real. I feel that the best part of a fantasy is when it connects with reality. This book and world did it for me. I connect to this world and Ravka on a very personal basis and maybe that's the reason I loved it so much? But I felt understood. That's what I expect from a book. A few lines. Everyone mourns the first blossom, Who will weep for the rest that fall? I will remain to sing for you Long after the spring has gone. I kid you not, I was ugly crying at many points. Not even the height I cried in the end of CK. Some things were so well executed that it hit some place deep. I got so connected with the characters that every single pain of theirs was mine to feel. **Characters** Nikolai The world might crumble, but Nikolai Lantsov would be holding up the ceiling with one hand and plucking a speck of dirt from his lapel with the other when it all went to ruin. It's official. Nikolai Lantsov is my second favorite fictional character ever. (Gansey will always stay the first). I loved his love for his country so much. His chapters, his demons, his insecurities, his humour, his curiousity, the pirate inside him... Literally every single thing about him. I am still a bit skeptical about the ending he got but that maybe because of the spoiler I saw and the special place in my heart I hold for him. But I think I'll get over it. Zoya Some hearts beat stronger than others I'll be honest and tell you she's nowhere near the list of my favorite characters and didn't like the extra content Bardugo gave us of her in KoS. But she grew on me in this book. Some things, she changed, she understood, and I respect her for that. But still, I'm caught up in the girl I saw in Shadow & Bone. Nina I’ll tell you a thousand stories, my love. We’ll write the new endings, one by one. Her end is what I'm least satisfied with. Don't get me wrong, I love her. I loved her from the moment she snapped at Kaz in SoC, but the end didn't suit the Nina I saw throughout 4 books. But I'm happy she found her peace after every bad thing she went through. Our Long Lost Friend🤫 I am not sorry. Can I say that I'm really surprised where the story went for him? But I still like it? I was not his big stan but I actually like him here. I predicted parts of it and I think people will be satisfied with this end the most. Romance The only thing I didn't enjoy was any of the romance. One side there was too much unnecessary angst for my taste. The other was really good if not for the end. But I'll just ignore it because it was overshadowed by the plot. I can't press enough how much I loved all the side characters. Genya, David, Tamar, Toyla, Mayu, Ehri, Adrik, Leoni, Nadia... And every one else. (Still looking at you Bardugo 🤨. You did me dirty). So happy about all the cameos we got. I'm still standing with my opinion that Kaz and Sturmhond would make a great team and THAT story would be legendary. The plot twists, the battle scene which was even more legendary that Endgame🤭. The writing, the feelings, the banter..! Perfectly executed! And I finally know what SoC 3's gonna be about😎. “It’s not so bad. Starve long enough, you forget your hunger.” He leaned closer. “If it’s so easy to lose your appetite, maybe you were never truly hungry at all. _______________________________________________ Leigh Bardugo outdid herself with this one. Dare I say this was even better than SoC?? For all those people out there who didn't like KoS, trust me, read this. It was worth the slow pace and faults of KoS. A true masterpiece. RTC

  29. 4 out of 5

    emi

    Idk what to rate this so I'm gonna just give it four stars. That might change but like it might not. Don't trust me. Zoya and Nikolai's storyline is one of the easiest 5 star ratings I'll ever give out. I still can't believe Leigh Bardugo did that. We don't deserve her talent. The Saints have truly blessed us. I am in love with Zoya so much. Her character development is unmatched and urgh I love her. And Nikolai? If Zoya doesn't marry him, then I wil. (view spoiler)[ that heist scene with Kaz an Idk what to rate this so I'm gonna just give it four stars. That might change but like it might not. Don't trust me. Zoya and Nikolai's storyline is one of the easiest 5 star ratings I'll ever give out. I still can't believe Leigh Bardugo did that. We don't deserve her talent. The Saints have truly blessed us. I am in love with Zoya so much. Her character development is unmatched and urgh I love her. And Nikolai? If Zoya doesn't marry him, then I wil. (view spoiler)[ that heist scene with Kaz and Wylan and Jesper???? I can't. I just love them so much. And the ending? That last line? I know that Leigh Bardugo said this is going to be the last Grishaverse book for awhile but I need an entire saga of Kaz Brekker trying to steal that heart please and thank you. (hide spoiler)] But Nina's storyline? I just didn't care that much. (view spoiler)[I am glad she found love again, and Hanne is a really, really interesting character and I love that a lot, but my heart is just too loyal to Helnik. (hide spoiler)] Anyways, this book does justify my four-possibly-five copies of it because someone has to pay Leigh Bardugo's paychecks Anyways, I am absolute trash for the Grishaverse. Stream Shadow and Bone on Netflix

  30. 5 out of 5

    Richa

    OMFG F F THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING I NEEDED. Leigh Bardugo really delivered. My heart legit went: 🤩😍🥰💥🥺🥺😭😳💓😚😎😤🤩😍🥺💥 "Everyone has a part to play." I would like to begin by saying that I will not be including any spoilers in this review, everything in the book was absolutely fire. I had such a good time and it really has been a long time especially since my uni is hell-bent on giving a tough time. Literally, self-care to me was reading this book and rereading the passages that were my favourites. Thi OMFG F F THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING I NEEDED. Leigh Bardugo really delivered. My heart legit went: 🤩😍🥰💥🥺🥺😭😳💓😚😎😤🤩😍🥺💥 "Everyone has a part to play." I would like to begin by saying that I will not be including any spoilers in this review, everything in the book was absolutely fire. I had such a good time and it really has been a long time especially since my uni is hell-bent on giving a tough time. Literally, self-care to me was reading this book and rereading the passages that were my favourites. This book picks off where it left and exceeds all my expectations when it came to the plot, the banters, the characters, arcs, the action and the scenes. No, seriously this book goes out to set a new bar. I loved almost everything about it. There was loss, heartbreak, vengeance, love and grief. But there in lies the hope. I know, I know this is a fictional world and am really getting too attached to it, but why wouldn't you? You have a king who'll die before anything happens to his kingdom, a general with ruthless loyalty and ambition and a girl who's trying to find herself. I mean, take my heart? It is further embellished with a sapphic love, heartbreak, war, novel strategies. Also, if you don't know me then let me tell you something I love the cunning, wily, shrewd, strategic, sarcastic people who'll use every trick in the book just to reap the rewards for themselves and this book has them plenty, if you know you know. They're legit my favourite, idc what you say. Then we have amazing characters with so much of developments, I'm surprised I'm not crying just out of happiness. Leigh Bardugo has outdid herself, I'm serious guys. Go read this, obviously read KOS and the rest of the Grishaverse before. Coming to the characters: Nikolai: The banters were chef's kiss and the way he held on his optimism even in the most bleak times has left me in awe. He has seen so much, but he still fights for his people. Easily one of my favourite character in the whole Grishaverse. Zoya: She is ruthless but she knows how to serve her people. She is literally my favourite character, the most relatable and dear to me. I can fight for her. I cannot even remember how many times I read her povs over because it was that good. In fact it was superlative to anything I read. Nina: The previous book had left me at crossroads, but this book shows her healing and hopeful for what's to come. Leigh has written her parts with so much care, I was actually worried about how she'll write her future but I'm happy to assure you that it was perfect ✨. Her and Hanne, is the cutest thing I've ever read and I'm so glad Leigh did it right way. Took me an hour to realise it, quick ik :) We also have Hanne, Ehri, Makhi, Mayu, Genya, David, Leoni, Adrik and a bit of reunion. I also cannot help commending Darkling's efforts, like he is still relentlessly working and even in absence he creates nuisance and fear. Wow, so much dedication. It takes guts to be like this ngl. I'm actually happy for him? Someone give this guy a medal or a statue, man. Overall, it was perfect. A+, 10/10 will recommend. I think, this was one of the quotes that hit too close: "They want peace and stability. Justice is a luxury people like us can’t afford.” In retrospect, the cover makes so much sense why did I realise it now?

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