We were thrown back into the Grisha verse to learn about the aftermath of the war and the reign of the new King Nikolai in this new duology, and it is certainly an interesting story told from several points of view, that expands on the already familiar world.
The review might contain spoilers.
Nikolai Lantsov has always been one to achieve the unachievable. But his best kept secret is what he endured during Ravka’s civil war and he intends to keep it that way. As his enemies gather around his country like vultures, he intends to find a way to save his people – forge new alliances and save the Grisha army.
There are limits to what he can fight, though – the darkness within him grows and threatens everything he has worked so hard for. This is why Nikolai journeys to find a way to save himself and save his country.
What I liked about the book: I adore Nikolai, ever since the first encounter with him in Siege and Storm. I can read and listen about Nikolai without getting tired. I am not the biggest fan of the Grisha trilogy, yet his story always appealed to me and I was keen on reading more about what happened with Nikolai and his reign. Learning about the history of Ravka was also very intriguing.
What I didn’t like about the book: Well, I was not a great fan of the *spoiler* saints but it is what it is.
I look forward to reading book two of the duology and also seeing Nikolai portrayed in the Netflix adaptation hopefully one day.
A quote: “Stop punishing yourself for being someone with a heart. You cannot protect yourself from suffering. To live is to grieve. You are not protecting yourself by shutting yourself off from the world. You are limiting yourself.”
My Rating: 5/5 stars. I love Leigh Bardugo’s writing.
What books are you looking forward to reading?