King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo Review

Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would sell my first born child for Zoya Nazyalensky. I would sell my soul. I fucking adore this woman, and she deserves a fucking BREAK goddammit.

When I found out that King of Scars was going to be spilt into multiple POVs, I was a little disappointed; I adore Nikolai, and was expecting the writing style to be similar to Alina’s narrative in The Grisha Trilogy.


I obviously loved Nikolai, but I found that I was equally as excited about Zoya’s chapters than I was about Nikolai’s. I went into this book not wanting Nikolai to end up with Zoya and came out of it wanting them to get married and have four kids and two dogs. I am a hardcore shipper of Zoyalai, and I am prepared to fight any obstacles that come between their love.

The other main POV, of course, is Nina (there is another POV, but I’m not going into that because spoilers). And, just a warning, make sure you have tissues at the ready because her early chapters are absolutely heartbreaking; Leigh captures Nina’s grief so perfectly, I just wanted to grab her and sit her down to the biggest plate of waffles ever and squeeze her. Saying goodbye to Matthias was incredibly difficult; Leigh’s writing is beautiful and soul destroying and I genuinely don’t think anyone could read these chapters and not cry.

I must admit that after Nina said her goodbyes to Matthias, I wasn’t quite as invested in her storyline as I was Nikolai and Zoya. I did still enjoy her chapters; she’s as witty and brave and bold as ever, and she’s an absolutely magnificent character. But Nikolai and Zoya stole the show for me.

I did, however, live for the mentions of Kaz throughout the story; they made me chortle.

And that ending? How dare you, Leigh? How dare you?

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