King of Scars: King of Scars Duology, Book 1

Book review by Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Mystical Grishaverse tale has edgy, exciting characters.

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 16+

Good Addition to Grishaverse

This book was enjoyable. The pacing was a little off (very slow in some parts, more exciting in others), but a good book overall. However, Nina's chapters are especially horrific because of her past trauma (from the Six of Crows duology) and she finds pregnant girls and women who are addicted to a drug. There is a bit more detail in this, but I can't say too much without spoilers. But there could be a lot of triggering content to sexual abuse survivors, so be mindful. The conditions the women and girls are in is terrible (and is presented as so) but it's sort of a dark topic to let young teens read about.

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