King of Scars - Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars

By Leigh Bardugo

  • Release Date: 2019-01-29
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 490 Ratings



See the Grishaverse come to life on screen with Shadow and Bone, now a Netflix original series.

Enter the Grishaverse with the instant #1 New York Times-bestseller King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo, the first book in the King of Scars Duology.

"[Bardugo] touches on religion, class, family, love — all organically, all effortlessly, all cloaked in the weight of a post-war reckoning with the cost (literal and figurative) of surviving the events that shape both people and nations." —NPR

"The story exists at an intersection of past and future selves, and in the dawning understanding that what you most fear may be what you most need." —Washington Post

Face your demons...or feed them. The dashing young king, 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, Nikolai 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 general, 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.

An Imprint Book

Read all the books in the Grishaverse!

The Shadow and Bone Trilogy
(previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising

The Six of Crows Duology
Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom

The King of Scars Duology
King of Scars

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
The Severed Moon: A Year-Long Journal of Magic

Praise for the Grishaverse

“A master of fantasy.” —The Huffington Post
“Utterly, extremely bewitching.” —The Guardian
“This is what fantasy is for.” —The New York Times Book Review
“[A] world that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp.” —NPR
“The darker it gets for the good guys, the better.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Sultry, sweeping and picturesque. . . . Impossible to put down.” —USA Today
“There’s a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo’s original epic fantasy that sets it apart.” —Vanity Fair
“Unlike anything I’ve ever read.” —Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent
“Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery!” —Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series


  • Love it but...

    By Dragonfish1829
    I really like it but I didn’t like hanne at all I’m so to all the people who like her but I found her obnoxious and childish and wimpy so she is the only character I really didn’t like but other that her I really love this book it’s an amazing book and I love the surprise at the end it gave me chills.
  • Yes 👍🏻

    By ✨Etta✨
    Freaking love Nikolai. I freaking LOVE him. He’s perfect. How is he so perfect???? How is he so flawless and wonderful and amazing??? Where do I find one? If the show ruins him, I am going to go absolutely feral. He got more attractive with every chapter. If you read this for no other reason (although the girl power is also well worth it) read it for Nikki.
  • Fantastic

    By DallasC137
    I absolutely loved this book. A thrilling adventure!!!🙂
  • Interesting

    By Curly’s Ramblings
    King of Scars is an interesting story but it has a very slow start for the length of the book. The first 40% is character back ground and current events. Then things get a bit interesting and entertaining though I am still unclear how the king figures everything out at the end, pertaining to the guard unless he went around examining all female guards of the Shu. Oh well.
  • The Continuation I Didn’t Know I Needed

    By bkgh249
    I had moderate hopes for this book. Not that I doubted I would enjoy it, but because I love the original two series so much. This was not at all what I expected and it was such a satisfying story. The cliffhanger made my heart stop. SO GOOD.