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Description Summary | Couldn’t have asked for a better conclusion for the Grishaverse (for now).
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The wolves are circling and a young king will face his greatest challenge in the explosive finale of the instant #1 New York Times-bestselling 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.
Warning: This book will give you a major book hangover.
Rule of Wolves came out and has delivered with a flourish. I did not want to get my hopes high because I did find King of Scars to be underwhelming, but Bardugo surprised me in this one. THIS was the fantasy book that Nikolai, Zoya, and Nina deserved. And I’m so happy to say that it ticked off my fantasy checklist.
Plot and Story
If you’ve read SOC you know that Bardugo excels in multiple POVs and weaving these POVs together while still maintaining a cohesive storyline and keeping you all on your toes. This was done in epic proportions in ROW, heck the whole story was epic.
We had new characters, new cultures, new locations, it was so much fun to getting to meet and see all of them. The storylines had everything you can hope for, action, romance, court drama, stealth and of course a healthy dose of magic and espionage. Bottom line: You will not put this down.
I won’t waste my breath talking about the writing because to write a compelling story you’d need compelling writing, and that was well executed here. She hasn’t lost her touch and I’m so glad for it.
My favorite aspect about this book is the character development, while King of Scars left me mediocrely hopeful, Rule of Wolves left me breathless (in the best way). I could finally see these characters fighting their demons, instigating real change leading to mental growth that was lacking in the previous book.
I loved the cameos of former character favorites, it really made my heart gush all over!
Nikolai kept his everlasting charm and every time he graced the pages you can’t help but enjoy yourself with his genius and trickery. But I’m kind of saddened to know we won’t be getting more of him, he remains one of my favorite fictional characters. (Maybe we can petition for a Strumhund book?)
I can’t believe I’m saying this but Zoya is my favorite character in this book. I love her. My Shadow and Bone self would be utterly mortified by these words but I can’t tell you how proud and happy of her arc and character development in this book. This time I felt we really delved deep into what makes Zoya who she is and why she is this way, and after you know, it makes it impossible to not root for her. She deserved every bit of that ending.
I’m kind of conflicted with Nina, it was very interesting to me getting to meet the Fjerdan Prince Rasmus and the inner workings of the Fjerdan court added drama and much needed high stakes to avoid Nina having a one note story. Probably because of my biased appeal to Nikolai and my now biased appeal to Zoya, her story an inferior presence in comparison to the other two.
Do I recommend? Yes 100% worth it.
For anyone who read this, what do you guys think of how Rule of Wolves turned out? (please right Spoiler so other readers are warned!)