Article Title

King of Scars


Cynthia Frazier


Excellent, Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Magic, Juvenile Fiction, Kings

Document Type

Book Review


King of Scars continues the story of the Grishaverse that began with the Shadow and Bone trilogy and continued with the Six of Crows duology. Nikolai Lantsov, former soldier and privateer has become King of Ravka. Civil war has depleted Ravka’s treasury and Nikolai is trying to form alliances with neighboring countries, rebuild the once powerful Grisha army, and reconstruct his country’s economy. His trusted advisors think that a politically advantageous marriage would solve most of Ravka’s problems. Nikolai tends to agree with this strategy, but his only problem is that for the last six months he has been turning into a monster. His faithful general, Zoya, has stopped him before he could drain the blood of human victims, but the monster within is getting stronger. Nikolai and Zoya begin a journey to the Shadowfold, a dangerous place of deep magic, to find a cure for his affliction. Meanwhile, Nikolai’s loyal court prepares to host royal families with eligible daughters. Unbeknownst to the King, old enemies await him in the Shadowfold, and back at the palace assassins also plot to end his rule.