Review: Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

Series: King of Scars #2
Goodreads: Rule of Wolves
Publisher: Orion Children’s Books
Buy: UK | US
Synopsis: 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.

Review: Alright here we go, lets talk about the grand finale of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse or at least the final book for now. I couldn’t figure out how to do this without spoilers so there’ll be spoilers below for Rule of Wolves, King of Scars, and the other books that make up the Grishaverse.

The Nikolai duology and I have really not gotten on, and Rule of Wolves really does follow the same pattern unfortunately. This book feels almost like fan service, all your faves will appear here including The Darkling (he even gets his own pov chapters) after his revival in King of Scars, and if you love a story based around bringing together all the characters for one last hurrah then you’ll probably love this. I, unfortunately, loathed this feature because it meant that the book was stuffed so full that most plot points ended up being meaningless or forgotten after a few pages. In Rule of Wolves you’ll get, without adding in the huge spoiler plot points:

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Review: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Series: King of Scars #1
Goodreads: King of Scars
Publisher: Orion Children’s Books
Buy: UK | US
Synopsis: The dashing young king, 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, Nikolai 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 general, 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.

Review: So I finally sat down and read the Nikolai duology all in one go. I’d been saving it because I know Leigh is partial to a cliff-hanger and I wanted to avoid that whole experience, so I waited patiently for Rule of Wolves and now I’m going to release the reviews back to back too! There’ll be a few spoilers for other novels in the Grisha series below.

Right, first things first, this book was a surprisingly mediocre experience for me, just so we’re both on the same page before we get into things. King of Scars and I just did not click. I’d been really looking forward to a narrative based around Nikolai but I think he ended up getting the least amount of character development, and that’s not to say I didn’t love the addition of Zoya and Nina’s perspectives, it was just unexpected. In fact, Zoya completely steals the show from Nikolai and her story-line and characterization just feels better than his, to the point where I kind of wish this book was completely Zoya focused. Zoya is powerful, talented, and her snark with Nikolai was right up my street. I really feel like Bardugo excels when it comes to dialogue and relationships between characters, and it’s always a joy to read the characters interacting with each other.

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June Book Haul: aka Help This Got Out of Control

I never do book hauls, mostly because I buy a select few books a year and I rarely request arcs from publishers. This month is different, an accident happened.

The story begins with me requesting a few popular Netgalley arcs of books I was excited for but didn’t expect to actually be granted access to. Then, by some miracle, I was granted access and now I have three books coming out in the same month to read, and I’m officially a fool. The other two, fortunately, aren’t released for a little while yet so that’s something at least. I’m a NetGalley Nincompoop.
Before I was given ebooks of all the wonderful arcs listed below, I was also sucked into Waterstones’ double points game; now I’m the owner of four more beautiful books that I don’t have room for…and the foolishness continues.

Anyway here’s a list of what I picked up in June:

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January Wrap-Up

Well, well, well, here we are again and how quickly time flies, I can’t believe it’s time for another update! This has been a bumper book month for me, I don’t know what’s happened but I’m devouring books like MacDonald’s chicken nuggets.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t been a busy cosplay or social month; it’s been a lot of sleeping and whining about how dark it is. I always forget how much SAD effects me at this time of year, and I’ve been struggling with my motivation but it’s got to get better because I have some big plans.

Publishing-wise my six-month update should come out at the end of February, and I’ve done a few exciting things since we last spoke so it should be an interesting one. I’ve also started listening to Critical Role while I work, and I’ve never wanted to play D&D more.

Favourite Book of the Month

This book truly blew me away this month, and I highly recommend you pick up the gorgeous hardback edition.

My Review

Books I Finished in January

I did really, really well at the beginning of the month, but works has definitely gotten busier and I only seem to want to veg out on the sofa lately. Hopefully, I’ll be back to it next month because I’m trying very hard to avoid that oncoming slump!

Six of Crows | The Cruel Prince | The Binding | Crazy Rich Asians | Siege and Storm

Reading This Month

I’m currently digging into two YA heavy hitters, and I’ll be finishing Crooked Kindom first for obvious reasons! I seem to have fallen into a Leigh Bardugo shaped hole at the moment, but I can’t say I mind too much. I’ve also got a couple of arcs to get through and a few books from the library, so hopefully it’ll be another busy month of books.

I’m hoping to tackle more of my Goodreads to-be-read in February, and I’ll finally get my hands on my pre-ordered copy of Priory of the Orange Tree, so it’s safe to say I’m looking forward to next month!!

Five 2019 Releases I’m Excited About!

Should I maybe have done this post in December? probably, but I can’t resist writing one now so here we go. I have quite a few books I’m really looking forward to getting my teeth into this year, so I figured I should talk about at least a few of them.

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

The release date for this baby got pushed forward to 2019, so now I get to be all excited about the continuation of one of my favourite books. It’s rare that I’m this excited about a sequel, and it’ll be pre-ordered as soon as possible!

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