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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 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.

©2021 Leigh Bardugo (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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  • Phx17
  • 30-03-21

All is forgiven, Ms. Bardugo

For those like me, who loved The Six of Crows duology but only liked Shadow and Bone as it moved away from Alina’s story and, towards, well, anyone else, this conclusion to King of Scars is fantastic. While there’s still not enough of Kaz’s crew, there’s at least more than before, and a small heist for old times sake. Also, finally the action, steam punk, and twists are on full display. Finally!

Were there some off points? Perhaps. Not sure I buy the way things ended with the Darkling. And it does feel like most of the characters’ endings were written to please the fans, rather than to provide a plausible endings to all three series in the “we always get the short end of the stick” Grishaverse. But, on the whole, I was a little wrecked, somewhat surprised and ultimately well satisfied with this ending.

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  • Bailey
  • 01-04-21

Simply amazing

I’ve been waiting for about 6-7 months for this book to release and boy oh boy let me tell you that it did NOT disappoint me. I absolutely can’t wait for the next installment of this series! Amazing read with massive ups and downs on the roller coaster of emotions. I love this book.

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  • Taylor
  • 07-04-21

Parts of it are amazing

The A plot of this book is absolutely incredible. Everything with Zoya and Nikolai is utterly perfect and amazing. The B plot with Nina and eventually the C plot with Tamar and D plot with the Darkling are incredibly boring and I spent every second of all three of them just waiting to get back to the A plot. Too many stories going on at once with almost nothing interesting in them to justify so many splits in the plot. You could cut out Tamar and Mayu’s perspective of the C plot and The Darkling’s perspective of the D plot from the book and the book would be literally no different 🤷🏻‍♂️.

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  • E. Thiessen
  • 07-04-21

Wonderful conclusion!

I totally loved this Duology and even better, even though the ending is quite satisfying, the last sentence allows for future stories in this universe, which makes me happy! Although I never finished the first trilogy (which I am remedying as I type), I enjoyed the character development in this story so much that I now want to go back and read the trilogy from the beginning, if only so I can learn more about the back story of Nikolai, as well as Zoya and the rest of the Grisha who were enslaved by the Darkling. And yes, I want to learn more about the Darkling. Alina is probably one of the least interesting characters for me, but I definitely want to understand her more and figure out how she arrived at the position she is in this Duology. This is completely spoiler-free, so I don't want to include any specifics, but Zoya was probably my favorite character in this series and I loved the tone/accent that Lauren Fortgang did whenever she voiced Zoya's words. I found myself laughing, cheering her on, and crying for her throughout the book!

It took longer for me to get sucked into Nina's story for this series, but once I did, I was totally cheering her on. My heart broke every time she talked about Matthais, but it was also interesting to find out more about why he was so unusual for his country. I absolutely loved how things ended up for her, but as I got sucked into her part of the story, there were quite a few times when I waited for the other shoe to drop. There were so many other "supporting" characters that I loved, including Hanne, Mayu Kir-Kaat, Genya, David, Tolya, and Tamar. Even Kaz and Inez make an appearance. This duology absolutely renewed my interest in this Universe, so as I said, I'm starting Shadow and Bone shortly and will reread the Six of Crows Duology when I finish. Perhaps I did this out of order (Grisha purists might yell at me), but when I found myself getting kind of bored with Alina, I just stopped reading the first trilogy. And although I obviously missed some of the backstories in this duology, I didn't feel like I missed anything and it ended up renewing my interest. My favorite thing about Bardugo is how well she connects the multiple threads and the interesting characters that she creates and it is obvious to me that she is continuing to grow and improve as an author. I am crossing my fingers that at some point she writes more stories for this universe, but for now, I'm hoping she'll continue with the Ninth House series because I loved that one as well!

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  • Jenna
  • 07-04-21

So much going on it made the plot weak; need more narrators

Lauren Fortgang is an excellent narrator. However I appreciate having different narrators for a multiple POV book.

This is the seventh novel in the Grishaverse. Badugo does an excellent job of weaving in storylines from the other series and supplemental material. I love the feeling of familiarity and nostalgia.

This duology just didn’t hold my attention. I only read it for one side returning character.

Some plot/scene decisions just don’t make sense.

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  • Jason
  • 06-04-21

Fantastic

This was wonderful and I truly hope that there will be many more to come.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-21

Perfect. Everything and more

I love this book, I love this author, I love this narrator. If you’ve listened to shadow and bone and were apprehensive about continuing into this duology, don’t be. The continuity of Lauren Forgangs performance throughout the multiple Bardugo series’ adds to the overall story telling. I cannot recommend anything more than this book. That’s that.

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  • Zakia Norman
  • 04-04-21

This was everything & more

No one else in my life reads these books so if there is anyone who has a book club or a discussion board of some type that would enjoy chatting about the Grishaverse series...I am eager to join you.

This book exceeded my expectations just like every other book she has written, I keep saying there is no way they can get better. But Bardugo proves me wrong time and time again. Fortgang is the golden thread that ties everything together. Please read all of her series of you haven’t. It’s worth it. 10 THUMBS UP!!

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  • Joy C.
  • 04-04-21

Pleasantly Surpried

I wont include spoilers because the twists were an important part of my enjoyment of this book (and the series) but I will say that this book is strong addition the the Grishaverse as a whole. I think fans of the series will find it very satisfying.
Im judging this book based on it being categorized as YA. So there are elements geared toward that demographic that may irk me but since Im not the target audience I will give them a pass.
The narrator Lauren Fortgang was, as usual, spot on. She has a wonderful talent for delivering a multitude of distinguished voices with flawless transitions. Im guessing credit also goes to whoever is editing. Well done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-04-21

Boring battle tactics and lacks KOS charm

If you like boring war room talk and trite character development, then this is the book for you. ZOYA LEARNS TO LUV, wowie. I blanched when that was the climax that saves Ravka. It feels like Leigh Bardugo really coasted when she wrote this.

Lauren Fortgang does her best, but I think January Lavoy (narrator of Libba Bray's The Doviber series) has ruined all other audiobooks for me.

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  • Tayler
  • 03-04-21

An epic end to the grishaverse

This book was everything I needed it to be. I laughed and cried the whole way through as I said goodbye to all my favourite characters. Bravo Leigh, you really made a masterpiece.

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  • Poppey
  • 17-04-21

Good Follow-Up

This was a good second book in this duology with an abundance of key characters. No time to take a breath as this story moves at a pace. As the ending was left open, I get the impression that more will follow!

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  • Hal
  • 14-04-21

My favourite Grisha book yet

Loved loved loved this story!
Amazing storyline and fabulous seeing so many of my favourites back again - especially Kaz!!!! Nikolai, Zoya and Nina were epic. And that ending left me so excited!

I will do a full review on my goodreads and bookstagram blog - @starlight_and_blooms

Loran Fortgang was amazing as the narrator

Highly recommend

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  • Paul monks
  • 09-04-21

As always, left wanting more.

I really didnt want it to end. I could listen to Lauren reading the phone book, so even better with a story i enjoy. fingers crossed for some more Grisha stories.
Only one down side was a certain death of one of my favourite characters!!!
leigh, How could you!?!?!? ;)
I also love how the LGBTQ+ storylines just melt into the main story and its not a big thing, its just there.
Now im waiting for the next books, and hoping Jesper & Wylan are a huge part of it.

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  • Catherine
  • 06-04-21

A superb ending to the story

If you're reading this review then you've likely read most or all of the previous 6 books set in the grishaverse and you don't really need telling to listen to this one too. In case you're wavering for some reason though, you really must listen to this! It brings the previous books all together beautifully, picking up threads from the main trilogy, six of crows duology and of course king of scars. I laughed, I nearly cried and I was smiling as it finished. It was long, it was complex in places and it was necessarily slow in parts, but it was perfect.

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  • Little Miss Fitness
  • 02-04-21

As always a great Narrator

I always Lauren Fortgang totally slays this. Leigh Bardugo is a genius and this book is awesome. Love it!!!

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  • Thomas Boyd
  • 15-04-21

WHAT AN ENDING!!!

Loved it! Excited for more! Lauren does an amazing job performing the book and i hope Leigh continues to expand the Grishaverse

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-04-21

Another epic Grishaverse book

Prepare yourself because this book is on heck of an emotional roller coaster. Leigh has once again done amazing job bringing my favourite grishaverse characters to life in a story that had me crying and happy dancing in one day.
The narrator also did a great job bringing these characters to life for an experience that made this book even better.

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  • Maddy
  • 03-04-21

awesome read!

Leigh said trans rights 🏳️‍⚧️
Awesome book, so happy to have so many familiar characters. Definitely recommend this series!