Book: King of Scars
Series: Nikolai Duology #1
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.
Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.-Goodreads
Review: Fans of Bardugo's Grisha series will be thrilled to see this new spin-off featuring Nikolai, Zoya and Nina, as well as others. This was so, so good! Nina is working undercover with a team focused on rescuing Grisha. Nikolai and Zoya are on a mission to expel the dark magic living in him. They all face obstacles and find strength within themselves to do things they never thought possible. And who knew that Zoya would end up one of my favorites?
If you haven't read the Grisha series, I highly recommend reading that first.