For those of you who have read and re-read your copies of Harry Potter or you’re waiting impatiently for the new series of Game of Thrones to the point where it’s just getting sad, we have news for you that’ll surely make your day that bit little less of a dud.
Leigh Bardugo, the New York Times Best Seller and author of The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, is adding to her expansive Grishaverse with a brand-spankin’ new fantasy fiction duology. King of Scars, the first of the duology, has just been released so you have exactly no time at all to brace yourselves for hours-upon-hours of fervently reading the fictional universe crafted with Bardugo’s bare hands.
Let’s just back up a tad though, shall we? If you’re new to Bardugo’s Grishaverse, well, that doesn’t really matter because King of Scars works as a standalone book anyway, but also can you even call yourself a lover of fantasy novels if you are new to this world? Seems a bit suss.
So let’s jump into what we know about King of Scars so far. As per Bardugo’s blurb, the latest addition to the Grishaverse follows a king named Nikolai Lantsov who had a seriously messed up go of it during his country’s civil war. How messed up exactly? Well, no one quite knows and that’s exactly Nikolai’s intention.
So despite still having to deal with the memories of that war, he now has to protect Ravka (his country obvi) from harm, while simultaneously attempting to rid himself of the dark magic growing inside him.
Look, not gonna lie, Nikolai has a lot on his plate and I’m already invested. Plus, the entire Grishaverse is being adapted into a Netflix series, and really, if Netflix is willing to get behind a project you know it’s gotta be off-the-charts wicked.
If you’re one of those fans who appreciates a good visual, have a gander at the detailed map of Bardugo’s Grishaverse below:
Anyone else getting some serious GoT vibes off the map? Same. So much same. There’s also an entire site dedicated to the goings-ons in the Grishaverse which you can peruse at your leisure here.
Anywho, although the book is only just hitting the shelves, naturally critics have already devoured King of Scars and are legit frothing over Bardugo’s latest instalment. You’ll also be pleased to know that in this case, you can judge a book by its cover, as the entire novel is wrapped in gold foil – I’m too keen for words.
King of Scars. Out now. Get ready to read until your eyes dry out.Image: Instagram / @lbardugo