Rule of Wolves: King of Scars Duology, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The wolves are circling, and a young king will face his greatest challenge in the explosive finale of the instant number-one New York Times best-selling 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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|Listening Length||17 hours and 44 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 30, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,270 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#12 in Action & Adventure Fantasy for Teens
#66 in Teen & Young Adult Fantasy Action & Adventure
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2021
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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.
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
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.
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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.
“… and yet no lesson has ever taught you kindness. No tutor has ever taught you mercy. You have a heart hungry for fear and I do not know why”
With the mothers’ words falling on deaf ears, Makhi becomes Queen with Ehri living captive in a world with little friends and in fear of a sister who wants her dead. However, the main story is about the inevitable battle between Fjerda and Shu Han, as the story switches between the worlds of a King, a General and a Spy.
The Demon King – Nokolai Lantsov who must fight against Fjerda and the demon inside him.
The Stormwitch – Zoya Nazyalensky – the General who commands the second army and has been building a powerful force behind the king. However, with her mentor dead and her worst enemy resurrected, Zoya must win this final battle as she fights against her heart and the love she cannot have.
The Spy – Nina Zenik and the Queen of mourning, in a separate storyline wages war against Fjerda from inside its capital.
All the threads come together in an epic story packed with political intrigue, fascinating world building, dangerous power struggles and dark magic. With a few romances thrown in for that extra bit of sweetness.
Review and Comments - The Characterisation is superb with the King, a General and a Spy making up the core cast, although there is no shortage of equally likeable and interesting characters. Yet, it was Nikolai’s humour that got me on this one, for instance when someone pointed out that his idea was a bad one. His response made me chuckle. “I have a surplus of bad ideas," said Nikolai. "I have to spend them somewhere.”
Another story set in Grishaverse and another book that highlights what a talent Leigh Bardugo is in this genre. I am really impressed with how Bardugo has tied all her books and mini series' together by some common thread, even though some of the characters and storylines are different.
The Rule of Wolves possesses all the same intrigue, thrill and scheming I get from crime thrillers, but with heaps of imagination that transports you to a different world. A place that provides total escapism in parts, gentle reminders of what is important in life through the dialogue and with the customary message of hope through darker times.
Magical, absorbing, tormenting, and compulsive – what more could you ask for!!!
Story is good though as always.