Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

Rule of Wolves

by Leigh Bardugo

Published by Imprint

Book 2 in the King of Scars duology

Set in the Grishaverse

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.


Violence Young Adult Exciting

High Fantasy


Rule of Wolves is the second book in Leigh Bardugo's King of Scars duology, and while centering on King Nikolai Lansov, and the war with Fjerda, Rule of Wolves continues to be written in multiple POV's. We have, of course, Nikolai, our young king with a country depending on him. Zoya Nazyalensky, the Stormwitch, and Nikolai's General, who refuses to lose anyone else to war. Nina Zenik, the Corpsewitch, the Queen of Mourning, who is deep behind enemy lines as a spy. Mayu Kir-Katt, a member of Princess Ehri's tavgharad, and is on a personal mission. Lastly, the Monk - aka The Darkling - who has been resurrected, and is sharing the body of Yuri, a monk who wants to see the Darkling a Saint, and is on a mission to get his powers back.

Woah. What? Just ... Leigh Bardugo, how could you? Okay ... lets do a quick recap on my thoughts on the Grishaverse to date. Shadow & Bone trilogy - good idea, too drawn out, zero character development. Six of Crows duology - mixed POV's made plot much more interesting, characters were richer, and was exciting. King of Scars brought us back to Ravka (Shadow & Bone territory), but with Leigh's growth as a writer, we get well thought out characters, mixed POV's again, an interesting plot that shows character growth, more diversity, and a pretty great story arc, which leads us here; to the second book in Nikolai's duology. And it was awesome. In fact - I think it's my favorite in the whole Grishaverse. Rule of Wolves was ACTION PACKED. It's the first book in the Grishaverse I couldn't put down, and I was equally enthralled with each storyline. It concludes some story lines, and leaves some open, for what I am imagining to be a pretty epic next storyline. That ending ... I CAN'T WAIT!