King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo Nikolai Duology #1 YA Fantasy Imprint | January 29, 2019
About the Book:
Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.
Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.
Why I’m dying to read this:
Seriously! Do I even need to explain? Did you see the cover? Shouldn’t that be enough? No? Well, okay:
It’s part of the Grishaverse! We have the Shadow and Bone trilogy, then we got the Six of Crows duology, and now King of Scars is like the marriage of them both.
Right off the bat we know that King of Scars is about Nikolai, which is exciting enough. He happens to be the best character in the original series, and the only character I wanted a story for. BUT, also, Ms Bardugo has already let slip that it will have Nina in it! Nina! That’s right, I said it.
Don’t look for her in any bar, club, crazy raging party, or anywhere there may be a large gathering of strangers. She’s more likely to be found tucked into the corner of the couch watching one of her favorite shows, or preferably under a comforter with her current novel.