Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo | The Nikolai Duology

This was a highly anticipated release and I feel like recently I have been reading mostly those instead of tackling my 900+ book to-be-read pile.

I will do my best to avoid spoilers, but beware all the same.

The Synopsis: 

Nikolai is trying to rule a country that is surrounded by vultures. 

Ravka is at war once more and Nikolai has to summon every bit of charm and ingenuity in his arsenal to win this fight. His circle of friends, his court – they have all lost too much. Zoya fights tooth and claw to save everyone she can. 

In Fjerda, Nina is still a spy working for Ravka, trying to save her country and to fulfill the promise she made to Matthias. 

The fate of so many is in the hands of The King, his General and their Spy.

My thoughts: 

I am floored by this book. I took my sweet time reading it and I don’t regret it one bit. 

Truthfully, it was difficult to get into because I read King of Scars when it was first released and didn’t reread it prior to the release of Rule of Wolves. Getting back into the Grisha world was an odd experience but I am very glad for it. 

What I liked about the book: The book has many well-thought out moments – the battle scenes, plot twists and overall character developments are very interesting and I love how they play out. There were moments that made me scream when certain characters would interact – that’s one of my favorite things when crossovers happen. Yes, I am referring to the Dregs in this case. I have been consuming a lot of Grisha content around the show and I felt at moments, especially towards the end of the book that there are a lot of references to the show and a lot of moments that are possible moments that I could see happening in future seasons of the show. I think it’s obvious that I am excited for the show.

Anyway, the book easily became one of my favorite Grisha books alongside Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom

I loved that we got to learn so, so much about the events unfolding there, about so many characters and I feel like this book definitely gave me the closure for the duology that I needed. The plot twists are exquisite and if you have not read the book yet I hope nobody spoils them for you.

What I didn’t like about the book: There were some moments that I was iffy about, especially when it came to the situation with the Fjerdans and Jarl Brum. With that said, I believe that the author left a window to explore the world of Fjerda and the reality that would unfold there in possible future books. 

My rating: 5/5 stars, I loved this book so much.

A quote: “There was nothing else to do but keep moving forward. You chose your path. You walked it. You hoped to find a way home again.”


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