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Rule of Wolves: King of Scars Duology, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

The Grishaverse goes to war in complex, engaging finale.

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Lovers of complex, poignant, warring-kingdoms fare with twists of powerful magic will find it all in this finale, along with strong female characters to root for. For some readers, this finale may hold too much complexity, with too many storylines to follow. The story drags when we veer away from the main characters and toward religious zealots, shady politicians, cruel royals, and a mysterious blight covering the land. But in the last 100 pages, readers will be reminded of why Leigh Bardugo is one of the best young adult fantasy writers out there today. There's a miraculous coming together of all the seemingly disparate parts in Rule of Wolves to reward readers for their careful attention to detail. The "all is lost" moment on the battlefield is overcome in particularly high style: fire, lightning, flying escapes, demons, the works. And that's not even covering the spy Nina's storyline, where twists are aplenty.

Readers deep in the Grishaverse will be thrilled to see Nina and Zoya really commanding this story. They are both formidable female characters who finally have a chance to find a bit of happiness for themselves -- but only after enduring so much danger and heartache. It's hard to say goodbye to them. Let's hope they have some role to play in a future Grisha duology.

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