Review: Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

Rule of Wolves (King of Scars #2)
Leigh Bardugo
Orion Children’s Books
March 30, 2021

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About Rule of Wolves

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.

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My Review

It took me SO long to finish reading this book! I think because it’s the last book in the King of Scars duology, AND it’s the last book set in the Grisha universe, which means it feels like the end in a lot of big ways. I think I wasn’t ready for it to be over.

I’ve heard a lot of mixed feelings about both KING OF SCARS and RULE OF WOLVES. Zoya wasn’t my favorite character from the Shadow and Bone trilogy, so I was not really invested in reading more of her story. And Nina was maybe the character I was least invested in from SIX OF CROWS. Nikolai was absolutely my favorite character from the Shadow and Bone books, though, so I was in it for his story for sure. As I read, I came to invest in Zoya and Nina’s parts of the tale, too.

I love that this book continues that big, sweeping feeling that the other books had. I love that it builds on all that we knew about the saints and Nina’s plan to change Fjerda’s perception of the Grisha through recognition of saints.

Most of all, I love that the book wrapped up some plot elements and relationships that I was really invested in. I was surprised by some of the things that happened, for sure. But I definitely came away satisfied and loving that I’d made the time to read this mammoth book. (It’s almost 600 pages!)

On the whole, I think readers of the Grisha books will not be able to miss this one. SIX OF CROWS is still my favorite, but this duology, KING OF SCARS and RULE OF WOLVES are ranked just behind it as my next favorites.

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Content Notes

Recommended for Ages 14 up.

Nina is pansexual. One minor character is transgender. Zoya is Suli, a race of travelers who are not given equal status or treatment in Ravka.

Profanity/Crude Language Content
Mild profanity used infrequently.

Romance/Sexual Content
Kissing between boy and girl, two girls, and a trans boy and girl.

Spiritual Content
In Ravka, the people worship the saints, Grisha who did remarkable deeds and were martyred. In Fjerda, they worship the god Djel and believe the Grisha are witches who must be executed.

Violent Content
Multiple scenes showing battle violence, situations of peril, and some graphic descriptions of death.

Drug Content

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