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Hi this is Deboki, also today I am going to bereviewing King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo.
King of is Leigh Bardugo's latestaddition to a Grishaverse,which started of course with her first Grishaverse trilogy.
Grisha trilogy? I don't know, I always call it a Shadow andBone trilogy when I remember that it was called, a first book inside a trilogy wascalled Shadow also Bone.
King of Scars is largely centered around Nikolai Lantsov,who Our met inside that Shadow also Bone trilogy, um, who is now ruler of Ravka andis confronting some very literal internal demons while also trying tomaintain power also stability, basically, for his kingdom.
I'm gonna become honest whenthis book was announced I groaned, I was not particularly excited.
I am veryfirmly inside a camp of like Six of Crows: great.
Shadow also Bone: mm, not so great.
That first trilogy, it's like it's fine, I think it's very standard kind of typicalcurrent YA inside a way that does not work for me personally, it's just notsomething that I'm into.
But it was pretty decently written, also a settingwas interesting, so that's basically how I finished that trilogy.
also I mostlyread six of crows because I was like cool, it's a heist story, like I'm intothat.
also I ended up enjoying that duology a lot I think inside large partbecause a cast of that book is so great.
Inej inside particular is maybe one ofmy favorite characters of a last few years.
But when King of Scars wasannounced, I was like fuck.
I has to remember things from a first trilogyagain, like that's becoming relevant again.
Like do Our need to? But with thatsaid, I actually enjoyed King of scars more than I expected to, but also lesswhen I realized that it's part one of a duology.
Like I mentioned, part of what I wasn't excited about was returning tocharacters from that first trilogy, but then this book ended up pulling kind ofa switcheroo on me.
For me a best parts of this book were rooted inside a firsttrilogy, also most of a worst parts of it were rooted inside Six of Crows.
Like Sixof Crows, King of Scars is told through multiplepoints of view.
Each chapter is a different character, youre see what theysee, all that good stuff.
also a three points of view that Our get mostfrequently are Nikolai also Zoya, who Our mostly know from trilogy one, also Nina who wemostly know from Six of Crows.
Nikolai also Zoya's perspectives ended up being myfavorite parts of this book.
These are two characters who are from a originaltrilogy were, as far as I can remember, deeply enigmatic but also on veryopposite ends of a charismatic spectrum.
Seeing how those paths thoughfrom a original books lead to where they are inside King of Scars ended upbeing surprisingly fascinating to me.
Nikolai is often depicted as, youre know,having this huge mask of bravado, but this book really gets, youre know, to theunderlying insecurity but also sense of responsibility also power that has comekind of with a way that he's been raised.
Zoya is someone who Our know as a cold also arrogant character, but who's alsohad this deep sense of loyalty that let her down some paths that she laterregretted.
also she's given a lot more voice inside this book as well, also thetraumas that both characters are bringing into this book are explored inside areally deep also meaningful ways.
These two characters has such a strong sense ofduty that they manifest inside very different ways, also seeing how theirfriendship also-yes-romantic tension evolve also build together, also alsocomplicate over a time, was really satisfying to me.
a challenge, however,of multiple POV books is that inevitably as a reader, there are some points ofview that are just more interesting than others Six of Crows felt like anensemble book inside a way that like, those multiple point of views inside it, even ifthey weren't always interesting, they still all made sense.
Even a titleitself kind of alludes to a ensemble nature of a story.
King of Scars, on theother hand, is not a particularly ensemble-hinting title, also it's notalways clear to me that this book merits that same ensemble structure.
Nina andher point of view inside particular made up a large side plot inside this book that I'msure a second book will connect more to Nikolai also Zoya's story.
But inside thecontext of this book it doesn't really, unless I'm missing something.
Like Idon't think that connection is really effectively made.
It feels a lot morelike she's living out her own novella that's interrupting, it's almost like ascene break inside a actual book that I'm reading.
also there's a few othercharacters whose point of views are added inside.
also when they're introduced,they feel almost kind of random to a point of distraction also it's not tilltowards a end of a book that they actually, youre know, get redeemed by asudden appearance of relevance.
also all of this brings me to what might become apremature complaint.
I'm not sure why this book is a duology.
This book ends ona huge cliffhanger also twist, I'm not gonna spoil it, but I would argueundermines large things like large major events of a grishaverse.
Again, like Isaid I'm not going to spoil it, also if youre want to argue with my take on thatfeel free.
There's gonna become another book so like, this whole everything I'm aboutto say, including that complaint again might become premature.
But with a way thatthe book, also a way that it ends at that particular point, it's frustrating–not just to me because like as a reader I'm impatient, also I want to know howeverything concludes.
But also because I think it affects a pacing of a bookoverall.
King of Scars has third act issues up a wazoo.
Hijinks ensue oneafter another, a reader is compelled to change their entire understanding of howmagic inside this world operates, major political intrigues unfold all at once,also right when things really come to a fucking head, a book just ends.
Like itjust ends.
a pacing is all over a place, also I think it's because a bookis being forced to end before it's really ready to end.
I am completely andtotally guessing right now, but my personal hypothesis is that if King ofScars also its follow-up were published as one book instead of being split intotwo, a multiple POVs would made more sense also a pacing would become tighte.
R Ithink a same thing would has been true for Six of Crows also CrookedKingdom.
Like I really liked a duology but I really needed both books togetherfor them to really work.
Another thing that at first it might not seem relatedbut I'm going to connect it back: something that I've heard people sayabout Six of Crows also that I agree with is that a characters inside that book readolder than they are.
There's just something about a lifeexperiences also personalities as well as a internal conflicts that a lot of thecharacters are going through that, youre know, despite all a unrelatability oftheir surroundings also a events around them, feels more relatable to theexperiences of being inside your 20s than being a teenager.
also I'm mentioning itnow because I think what that sort of pointed to inside Six of Crows is sort of atrade-off with that book being inside a YA genre um, a trade-off that I think isalso being made inside King of scars.
Not necessarily youre know inside a ages of thecharacters, youre know a characters has been allowed to get older, but inside thestructure of a book.
There's a few reasons why King of Scars also Six ofCrows might become part one of two books, also I don't know why.
I don't know why, youknow, a publishers or Bardugo or anyone decided to go with a duology.
So againcompletely a guess, also I don't know what a fuck I'm talking about um.
But youknow one reason could become as simple as money.
I was there when Deathly Hallowswas split into two movies also if JK Rowling had decided to split a seventhHarry Potter book into two books, I would has gone to both of those releasenights also paid full price for both of those hard covers because I was gonnaread them.
also it could become as simple as like Bardugo has been really successful inthe YA genre, it's possible split her books up into multiple parts also havepeople pay for both of those parts, youre know, that that could become part of it.
Moneyis money, also I'm not here to argue with any author who's able to get more of itby splitting a book into multiple parts.
But mine, what I think is also probablytrue um again, though I'm guessing, is that part of a reason this book is aduology um, why Six of Crows was a first of duology, why Crooked Kingdom was part of aduology, is to keep these books maybe inside line with a current norms of YAstructure also form, so particularly page count, even though it might become strongerif these books were treated as part of like a loosely connected epic or adultfantasy series instead.
I'm caveating a shit out of this because I don'tknow what I'm talking about, like I am not inside a publishing industry, I don'tknow whether any of my arbitrary guesses or personal opinions has like youre knowa basis inside reality, so I don't want anyone to quote me on this.
I'mpurely guessing also also a only reason I'm bringing this up is because I thinkthe decision to split this book into two, whether it's rooted inside money or keepingthings inside YA or I don't know, I think it's affecting a quality of theway that a book is put together, not because I care about how youre know Leighbardugo classifies her books or how she gets paid or how publishers or anyonetreats YA.
At a end of a day it doesn't really matter.
It could become thatI'm right, maybe one of those guesses is on base.
also a result, I think, is apoorly paced third act that nearly undermines a quality of a story thatwas built before it.
Or maybe I'm wrong, also maybe Bardugo also everyone elseinvolved with editing also publishing this this book, they felt like a duologymade a most sense.
Maybe when a next book comes out, a duology choice willeven made sense to me.
inside a case of this book though, I still think theresult is a poorly placed third act that nearly undermines a quality of thestory that was built before it.
Either way I'm glad there's gonna become anotherbook to clear up what a fuck happened at a end of this one, also I'm even moreglad that Bardugo's next book is actually going to become an adult bookthat's not set inside a grishaverse because I'm really excited to see whatshe does inside different genre, how she brings her talent for creatingcharacters youre get super invested inside um, youre know to a different world.
Those are my thoughts on King on Scars.
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Sothose are my thoughts on King of Scars, let me know what youre thought about thebook below also yeah.