Leigh Bardugo recently edged herself into my auto-buy author category, so naturally when all of Twitter informed me that her next Grishaverse edition, King of Scars, is expected in winter of 2019, I exploded.
King of Scars is an upcoming duology centered around Nikolai Lantsov, who makes appears in both of Bardugo’s Grishaverse series. Nikolai was first introduced in Siege and Storm as Sturmhond, a pirate/commander who is soon discovered to be the prince of Ravka. Later in the Grishaverse timeline, he makes an appearance in Crooked Kingdom.
While I was underwhelmed with Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone series, Nikolai was probably one of my favorite characters (and I’m definitely not alone). The ending of both Grishaverse series left some loose ends that I’m hoping to be furthered addressed in this new series.
“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.” (Source)
The rest of this post will contain spoilers.
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Series: The Grisha Trilogy/Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1
Page Count: 358
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
Age Range: Young Adult
Goodreads: Shadow and Bone
“Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.” Continue reading “Book Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo”
My love affair with Maximum Ride goes way back, a decade to be exact. My grandparents bought me the first book, The Angel Experiment when I was 12 and my gut reaction was to roll my eyes and fake a smile with a polite “thank-you” because I knew I was going to absolutely hate it.
Fortunately, I was wrong. I completely credit Maximum Ride for dragging me into a world outside of realistic fiction (I religiously read almost every single Babysitter’s Club book for the better part of two years).
It also peaked my interest to develop my own writing. I finished the first book in two days and I was so shocked that this author had gotten me to read something completely out of my comfort zone that I had to figure out how to do that too.
It’s been barely over a year since the Maximum Ride series officially ended (after a surprise book to end the series!) so I figured it was about time to pour my heart and soul out into this blog.
My appreciation for Maximum Ride has not died down, but it’s definitely changed. I graduated college with an English degree with a concentration in writing that required me to take extensive classes studying literature and how to create it. Rereading the series is sometimes frustrating for me now because I find all the places where a plot point was overlooked or where language could’ve been better or characters could’ve been better developed. All three of these things is definitely true in Maximum Ride Forever.
Continue reading “Maximum Ride Forever: The Ultimate Review One Year Later”