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Rule of Wolves (King of Scars Duology Book 2) Kindle Edition
Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller!
See the Grishaverse come to life on screen with Shadow and Bone, now a Netflix 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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Read all the books in the Grishaverse!
The Shadow and Bone Trilogy
(previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising
The Six of Crows Duology
Six of Crows
The King of Scars Duology
King of Scars
Rule of Wolves
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
The Severed Moon: A Year-Long Journal of Magic
Praise for the Grishaverse
“A master of fantasy.” —The Huffington Post
“Utterly, extremely bewitching.” —The Guardian
“This is what fantasy is for.” —The New York Times Book Review
“[A] world that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp.” —NPR
“The darker it gets for the good guys, the better.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Sultry, sweeping and picturesque. . . . Impossible to put down.” —USA Today
“There’s a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo’s original epic fantasy that sets it apart.” —Vanity Fair
“Unlike anything I’ve ever read.” —Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent
“Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery!” —Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series
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From the Publisher
Who was your favorite character to write in Rule of Wolves? Was it the same or different from King of Scars?
That's a tough one. I love writing Nikolai's chapters because he has a very different way of seeing the world, a lightness to his thoughts even when things get grim. But with Zoya there's something really satisfying about writing a character at war with herself. We know how deeply she feels, even if she refuses to acknowledge it. And Nina is just fun. She could not be in a more dire situation in Rule of Wolves and yet she still finds a way to excavate these moments of joy and pleasure from her circumstances. All that said, there's a character who appears about halfway through the book who I loved writing and whose voice is so unique—loud and undiluted. Maybe that character was my favorite. Because I'm a drama queen at heart and so is he.
How did the writing experience for Rule of Wolves differ from King of Scars? Was there anything that surprised you?
The big difference is that I wrote Rule of Wolves in lockdown, and it was such a relief to escape to Ravka again, even with the wars and tragedies there. Those were battles I could fight and problems I could solve. I was surprised by how much fun I had writing Nina's chapters. I didn't think I'd like writing court intrigue or spy work, but I do love a long con and Nina is a fabulous con artist.
Is Rule of Wolves truly the grand finale of the Grishaverse, or does it leave us with the possibility of more to come? (No spoilers please!!)
I love these characters and this world, and there's plenty of territory to explore, but I want to feel ready to write the next installment. I don't want to do it just because I can. So we'll see. I wrote Rule of Wolves as an ending, but I always leave doors open. Let's call it "goodbye for now."
From School Library Journal
Praise for King of Scars:[Bardugo] touches on religion, class, family, love -- all organically, all effortlessly, all cloaked in the weight of a post-war reckoning with the cost (literal and figurative) of surviving the events that shape both people and nations. --NPR Dark, beautifully written, and full of characters who instantly get inside of your head, the first book in this new duology is an instant classic. --PopSugar Why You'll Love It: ... Leigh Bardugo continues to breathe new life into her lush fantasy world, and it's impossible to resist reading every single one.
For Fans of: Fantasy authors like Susan Dennard and Sabaa Tahir. --Paste A richly detailed and refreshingly diverse world inhabited by individuals who, for all their magical talents, are resonantly human. --The Washington Post
Deadly clever political intrigue, heart-stopping adventure, memorable characters, and several understated, hinted-at romances (how will we wait?!) come together in one glorious, Slavic-folklore infused package. Bardugo's star continues to rise. --Booklist, starred review The sharp dialogue and lovable characters continue to enthrall and bewitch long past the final chapter. With twists and revelations cleverly dispersed up until the very last page, this novel is a must-have for any book shelf. --School Library Journal, starred review Praise for the Grishaverse "A master of fantasy." -- The Huffington Post
"Utterly, extremely bewitching." --The Guardian
"The best magic universe since Harry Potter." --Bustle
"This is what fantasy is for." --The New York Times Book Review
"[A] world that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp." --NPR
"The darker it gets for the good guys, the better." --Entertainment Weekly
"Sultry, sweeping and picturesque. . . . Impossible to put down." --USA Today
"There's a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo's original epic fantasy that sets it apart." --Vanity Fair
"Unlike anything I've ever read." --Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent
"Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery!" --Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series
"This is a great choice for teenage fans of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien." --RT Book Reviews --This text refers to the library edition.
- ASIN : B08FZ8DVC7
- Publisher : Imprint (March 30, 2021)
- Publication date : March 30, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 6498 KB
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- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
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- Print length : 598 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1510109188
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Finally, inserting the transgender issue was politically correct for one part of the population, but in my opinion not part of such a series.
So, how did it all pan out?
I'm...disappointed. I didn't get the closure I was looking for as I read the final sentence, and in many ways, it felt like LB was leaving the backdoor unlocked to capitalize on future opportunities with writing more in the Grishaverse. I've commented to a couple of people now that I wish these books would have ended with Crooked Kingdom, and I stand by that. I'd rather use my own imagination to play out what happened with our beloved characters. As it stands now, it seems very likely LB intends to cash in on everyone's favorite crew, the Crows, with perhaps more to come there.
I didn't get closure for my favorite character in the whole series, there was a death that happened that didn't feel necessary, the reunion scene that happened in chapter 9 (which I've been anticipating forever) fell flat, and then there were cameos that came into play for the sake of happening. I wanted to love those scenes, but I didn't.
Being a fan of epic fantasy containing elements of political intrigue and uprising, I couldn't get into those things with this particular duology. There were too many themes hit on pretty hard relating to religious fanaticism that I don't wish to read in fiction at the present moment. I read as an escape from the ugliness of current events, and these themes were so intermeshed in the books that I had a difficult time of being swept in—I quickly disengaged. Maybe it was the style of writing with these themes? I honestly don't know, but it didn't work for me.
Furthermore, while I grew to like Zoya in the other books, I felt many of the things that were examined in her backstory here felt disingenuous. It was like LB took this as an opportunity to align Zoya's background with how she is portrayed in the Netflix adaptation. It just felt...forced? I wonder if she drafted this book at the same time she was working on the show script.
I've seen other readers comment how they don't understand why every character in a series has to be matched up with another romantically. My thoughts echo theirs. It's okay to be alone and to be perfectly happy that way.
If she does write more in the Grishaverse, I won't be reading them. It makes me kind of sad seeing as how I consider myself a huge Grisha fan, but I'll likely just stick with the show from here on out.
"We're all monsters now." And I'm the grumpy one it seems.
Cut to books 6 and 7 and now we have a full blown bisexual/transgender love affair that couldn't possibly feel more forced. I feel for the folks who have to through these things whether it is real or some kind of dysphoria. I also sincerely hope that some confused teenage girl doesn't read this second rate story and think mutilating her body will lead to happiness.
Live up to your potential Leigh
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I wouldn't advise diving in, but would say you should start with the first book of the first trilogy, Shadow And Bone.
Ravka, Fjerda, and the other nations in this world are very real places to me, something I've only experienced as fully as this with Westeros. There's history, there's depth, there's politics. But it's always driven by character, by the story of individuals, and their plots, heartaches, and triumphs.
The first trilogy lacks a certain depth, I'll admit, but when taken as a whole...?
Go and get lost in the Grishaverse.
adore character arcs come to completion and a satisfying ending is given even as the future is set up.
Fan favourite characters return even if there is the trade Mark bardugo bitter sweetness going on as not every character meets a happy fate or how not every villain is brought to justice.
I couldn’t help but feel that the story is coming to a Crossroads even as further adventures are set up . Confident, well written and assured this was a fantastic highlight in the Grishaverse the fun and action was there as always but there was perhaps even more heart then normal, so rather then spoil I will just heartily recommend happy reading.
Story is good though as always.