King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Published by Imprint on January 29th, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
“Most women suffer thorns for the sake of the flowers, but we who wield power adorn ourselves with flowers to hide the sting of our thorns.”
I had very high hopes for this book and I’m sad to say that I was disappointed by it. I thought it would have the same magical quality to it that’s evident throughout the Six of Crows duology. In every aspect this book fell flat for me.
Sitting at over 500 pages, I had hoped that this would be the beginning of another epic duology with tons of action and more insight into the Grishaverse. What did we get instead? A bloated book that doesn’t see any action until we’re about 3/4 of the way through. For a book that long that’s unacceptable.
I didn’t particularly like any of the perspectives but Nina’s. I thought her storyline was the most interesting, but even with hers it dragged on. At times it felt like her mission was directionless. I know the character felt like that, but the way it was written made it seem like Bardugo had no idea what to do with that plot.
King of Scars lacked everything that made the Six of Crows duology fantastic. The heists and shenanigans, the camaraderie between the characters, and the plot that had direction. Where was that in King of Scars? The plot meandering mixed with the hefty page number made me lose interest in the book. I felt my mind wandering at several points while reading it.
While I normally appreciate the lack of romance in YA novels, this book could’ve used a little bit more to inject at least some excitement to it.
Having said that, I’m not going to lie — I will be reading the next book in the duology. The ending had my heart racing and I think Bardugo set up some interesting dynamics to be explored in the next book.
Hopefully, the action will happen a little earlier in sequel. And hopefully it won’t just be a recap of the Grishaverse.