Rule of Wolves

Imprint. (King of Scars Duology: Bk. 2). Mar. 2021. 608p. Tr $22.99. ISBN 9781250142306.
Gr 8 Up–Dive back into the immersive Grisha world through the eyes of the spy, the demon, and the dragon. Undercover in Fjerda, Nina struggles to show mercy to a country whose systematic racism has obliterated Grisha lives. South in Ravka, Nikolai precariously balances diplomacy with humanity as he weighs what’s best for his nation. And with war on the horizon, Zoya must push past her burden of loss to become Ravka’s greatest weapon in their time of need. Together, Nina, Nikolai, and Zoya must succeed or watch the country they love fall to pieces. Bardugo continues her warpath to destroy readers’ emotions in this brilliantly plotted ending to the King of Scars duology. At times, this book manages to crush readers’ spirits, only to turn around and deliver hope—and if not that, then vengeance. Centered around wartime, Nina, Nikolai, and Zoya each grapple with how much of a monster they are willing to become to ensure a peaceful future. Zoya’s character journey shines in this novel as she learns to embrace her emotions, and thus, opens herself up for the first time in years to true human connection. Throughout, Bardugo creates moments between characters and countries to skillfully address discrimination that stems from race, gender, and power. Across the board, this is a highly inclusive read with LGBTQIA+ characters in addition to the vast Grishaverse represented.
VERDICT An intense pleasure to read. Get this on your bookshelves.
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