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Publisher's Summary

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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I loved every minute of it!!

This duology is my favourite out of the Grishaverse! I can't wait for what is to come!!

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Thoroughly enjoyable

I loved this book, the narrator's performance and the plot. i highly recommend it.

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yes

yes yes yes yes please I want more. .. . . . . .

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GUYS 😭👏🏼😍

So this has officially become my favorite book that Leigh has written. 😭😍 It has taken over as reigning champ from the Six of Crows duology and fully captured my heart. The first book was awesome but this one was just freaking beautiful. Seeing everyone come together from past books made me so giddy I could hardly contain myself. It was a ride of emotions and the ENDING?! Ugh just amazing. But also not only was it just a fantastic book but let’s give it up for Lauren Fortgang because she rocked it and is absolutely is one of my favorite narrators. All around 10 outta 10 y’all. 👏🏼👏🏼

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AMAZING

Great plot, great ending, can't wait for what's next. If you enjoyed the six of crows dualogy you will enjoy this as well

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love these books

I am truly enjoy the store and the characters and how thing have been going it is a great listen and keeps me guessing

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Amazing!

This world has been one that captured me from start to finish. The story itself enthralled me, keeping me guessing the entire way. The performance, of not only this, but all books in this series, has been so artfully done, I was begging for the start of each and every chapter. It won't be easy knowing that there aren't any other stories to tell in this world. . . yet. But I am sure this will be an adventure I will want to visit again and again.

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Forced and nonsensical character "development"

Okay so I have LOVED listening to Leigh's work. I've gone through her books in about 2 weeks but this book was a disappointing way to end the grishaverse (for now). The book was overwritten without the organic dialogue of other books.
I appreciated getting more backstory about Zoya but... there were so many choices made for other characters that felt totally at odds with their previous character development. In contrast to six of crows duology, it felt like Leigh was just trying to resolve too much, too neatly.

Yes, I'd still recommend listening but I'd caution fans to temper their expectations for this one. I'm holding out for a 3rd six of crows installment to cleanse my palate.

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This one is my favourite

The whole series is fantastic (starting with Shadow and Bone) but this was magnificent! Highly recommend all 7

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Lovely

So many twists and turns, so many surprises, and so much fun. I loved it.

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  • Phx17
  • 2021-03-30

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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  • H. Divis
  • 2021-06-01

Over it!

I’m so tired of authors deciding to be “trendy” and homosexualize their characters. Nina, who was heartbroken at the loss of her husband in previous books, is now a lesbian. The first book in the duology paved the way, and in the second book she went for it. I have no problems with who people chose to love and it’s sad that there has been so much hate. BUT the VAST majority (nearly all of the population) is not gay. So why do authors keep feeling like every new book they write has to have a gay character. I’m so freaking tired of it. It makes me super uncomfortable listening to gay romance! It especially makes me upset when I have been completely invested in this series, re-reading the ENTIRE Grishaverse collection, before starting this duology. I’m so disappointed in each author who does this. It’s okay to NOT be gay too!
Gay Nina aside, I’m over the series. The first Grishaverse book I read, years ago, was Six of Crows. I LOVED it & listened to everything after that. Upon re-reading everything, I don’t even know what my initial mesmerization was. When the Darkling came back in these books I was rolling my eyes. Really?! It seems like this book (these last 2) were just a regurgitation of the same story. I’m relieved to be done with it all so I can move on to some fun summer reads.
Previously I’d emphatically recommended the series. Not anymore.

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  • Bailey
  • 2021-04-01

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
  • 2021-04-07

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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  • A. Michals
  • 2021-09-22

disappointed

author had to get politically correct in a time period that would never had such controversy...

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  • Julie
  • 2021-05-02

My favorite book of the entire Grishaverse…

Lauren Fortgang as the narrator is incredible . This book brings so many of our beloved character’s stories to riveting conclusions and others find their much deserved endings in poetic justice. Well done all the way around!

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  • Thomas Hartmann
  • 2021-05-06

A WILD Ride

Love Lauren Fortgang and her voices! Some of the last bits of the story I wanted to see happen just nit that quickly and now I'm caught up/finished(?) with the Grishaverse... what now?

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  • E. Thiessen
  • 2021-04-07

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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  • Megan Stahowik
  • 2021-09-15

OP but not as OP as you should wish for.

This story is definitely twisty. In the good way, feels like a very traditional plot line, but it does have a lot of redeeming qualities. Zoya and Nikolai side of the story was awesome. the darkling plot is pretty me. The cameos you do get in this story set up for a much anticipated sequel for a birdy crew. ;)

My only complaints is that Nina story felt short and feels like her and Hana's journey set thier character development to a flatline after awhile.

The romance feels a bit angsty at times, but is definitely better than king of scars.

Definitely recommend though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-07-07

Disappointing

Far too much going on, far too many viewpoints, and a lot of loose ends trying to be covered up by very pretty bows

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  • 2021-10-03

Amazing!

A great Audiobook and an amazing End to the King of scar Duology!

*********l spoilers not relevant to the primary story******

It also alludes to a new mission for the crows, which obviously fills me with joy :D