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Rule of Wolves

– tekijä: Leigh Bardugo

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Nikolai is playing political roulette after surviving an attempt on his life in the previous book. And he's still battling for control over the demon inside him and there's no time to lose. Stopping the spread of The Fold has spawned a roaming blight that turns everything to ash. War is imminent with Nina working undercover to get intel and, eventually, the whole gang joining forces. Entertaining fantasy with adventure and humor. ( )
  bookappeal | Sep 18, 2021 |
The Grishaverse lives on! At this point in a series, it's hard to say much about a book because you really need to have read the other books. So, Rule of Wolves is second in the King of Scars duology that comes right after book 3 of the Shadow and Bone trilogy, but you must read the Six of Crows duology before embarking on this duology. Got it? Good.

The King of Scars duology focuses on Nikolai and Zoya. Now that Alina has moved on to a new life, the fight remains. Nikolai fights the demon within that is from the Darkling's power. Can he learn to control the darkness or will it consume him? He seems to be able to keep it in check for now. Zoya finds her place in this novel. We learn about her past as she finally must face her past and not keep her scars hidden. Zoya is Nikolai's general, and they need her. Nothing looks good. No one wants to ally with them and the Fjerdans are determined to conquer them. They have more power, men, and weapons. How can Nikolai and Zoya protect Ravka? This war is the novel.

Nina remains undercover with the Fjerdans throughout the novel. She must bury Matthias and find a path to life without him. Seeing only the importance of being a spy, Nina pours herself into her new role and even ends up in the most dangerous place she could possible find herself after what happened to her in the past. Tamar take us to meet the Taban, queen Makhi, who also wants to wage war against Ravka. The nearest neighbors feel Ravka can't win, so they aren't inclined to have their people die in someone else's war. Therefore, it's determined that there's no way Ravka will stand.

The novel changes perspective with each chapter, from Queen Makhi to Zoya, to Mahu, to Nikolai, to Nina, to others. You travel from country to country, discovering what's happening in each country and with multiple characters. The tension builds as there appears to be no hope for Ravka. Can we count the clever Nikolai out? Zoya, Nikolai, and the Triumvirate meet regularly hoping to find a way to win. Not only are they fighting against two countries, they acquire Yuri. Yuri leads the followers of the Darkling, wanting the Darkling to be declared a saint. When Nikolai and Zoya seek to strength Nikolai, they hope to talk sense into Yuri. Things can't get more complicated? Boy do they!

You'll enjoy this novel as much as the others. Back with your old friends, you will hope Zoya and Nikolai find peace (and maybe some love), that Nina survives and finds some kind of happiness or peace, and that Ravka isn't destroyed, leaving them to start all over in the next novel. You will also enjoy meeting some new characters and visiting with the characters from the other novels. Don't make plans for a couple of days and just enjoy a good reading time! ( )
  acargile | Sep 4, 2021 |
Spring 2020 (April);

'The Continuing Saga of Amanda Read All 9 Grishaverse Books in 26 Days'
(This review will span King of Scars & Rule of Wolves.)

This is for the last two books (for now) of the Grishaverse. I really, really, madly adored getting to shift back to the more centralized/original part of this universe. I liked getting back to what was happening to this country post-war, how things were shifting and being reset up. Since the whispers of it are so tiny and barely there in Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom.

I'm still processing my feelings re: Nina just basically gets paired up with another character immediately, as though these characters can't be single & anyone who is must be questioned as to why they haven't settled down yet. Brum's Daughter's storyline with gender fluidity and selfhood, though, was aces. I'm shrug-worthily okay with the main couple, no big love or loss in it, or in Zoya's new powers.

The thing that bugs me most about Zoya's new powers isn't the highest whine going about the internets about it and her deserving/not deserving this power, BUT that she's taught this power with the note that every Grisha used to access their powers like this / how they've all been diminished by this loss AND THEN SHE NEVER TEACHES ANYONE ELSE ABOUT IT.

Allllsssso, dang, but I super appreciated Bardugo coming out the gate hard on how much The Darkling really was the bad guy and no one has any sympathy for him really. That he only asks for Alina & Mal so that he can steal their blood/power from them again, and that every single one of the girls in the set (Alina, Genya, Zoya) want this man gone, gone, gone forever.

I was so pleased getting just a little more Alina & Mal, Jesper & Wylan, Kaz. I'm sad we never got our Pirate Queen. I'm really happy there's a scene just for Genya, Zoya, and Alina hanging out at the end, talking about how not-to-become-the-bad-guy eventually, because I like that it shows forethought about what choices were made and what their domino choices from there will make of them, too. ( )
  wanderlustlover | Aug 21, 2021 |
There was never any question that I was not gonna pick this up on the day of the release. Grishaverse is probably my favorite fictional world and I have waiting to jump back into it. The anticipation for the Netflix show in a couple of weeks only hyped me up more. To be honest, I don't know what kind of expectations I had from this book - which is possibly the last one in this world - but it only left me happy, and I guess that's enough.

If I am being truthful, this book is definitely not up to the same standard as some wonderful debuts I've read recently, but that is also not why I was looking forward to reading this one. After more than an year of feeling awful and sometimes wanting to give up, returning to this world was more of a comfort and I love it for reminding me so much of those better days from the past. I have always loved Leigh's writing for making me feel thoroughly emotionally attached to the characters and it was no different this time around. The plot itself may not be a strong point because there are too many POVs; a story spanning three kingdoms, their prejudices and their desire for world domination; too many political moves and countermoves where no one's trust is confirmed - I think this would have made for a much more powerful story if we could spend enough time savoring and processing the various subplots, twists, and cons. It just felt very rushed at parts, some significant events happened off page which lessened my reactions to them, and because of all this, I will never stop wishing this was a trilogy instead so we could have gotten a more tight knit story. But I also have to commend the author for giving us a more detailed look into two more kingdoms and their cultures, and now I feel like I have a much more comprehensive appreciation for the Grishaverse. And despite whatever complaints I may have, I also didn't wanna keep the book down and read almost three quarters of it in a single sitting. I also listened to the audiobook for a while and it was a good companion, the full cast of wonderful narrators reminding me how much I love the audios of the SOC duology.

But this review will be incomplete if I don't talk about the characters because they have always been the strength of these books. My disappointment with the fact that this is called Nikolai's duology when he is probably the one main character who gets the least POV chapters, will never leave me. But the author made me completely fall in love with Zoya who was definitely not someone I liked in the trilogy, and for that I will always be amazed at the writing skill. This is really her story - how a child abandoned by her family and taken in by the Darkling found refuge in the small science; how she learned to cultivate fear in others so that she would never feel powerless; how the betrayal by her trusted mentor traumatized her and hardened her heart to love forever; and how she emerges from all of this with a profound love for her friends and her people, and a desire to do anything possible to secure peace, even at the cost of her own heart.

Going hand in hand with her through this process is my beloved Nik, whose abiding love for his country and people and his desire to see a peaceful and prosperous Ravka, made me emotional so many times. Even with a monster inside him, and rumors about his parentage leading to many a disdainful exchanges with others, he remains steadfast in his goal, fighting against all odds, never abandoning hope. The Crows as an ensemble may be my favorites, but Nikolai will always have a special place in my heart. And his beautiful, angsty, full of yearning relationship with Zoya is my favorite part of this book. My only complaint is that there were so few scenes of them together.

Nina's story felt quite disconnected to the main plot in King of Scars, but it was much more significant this time around and I liked how it connected to the overall war with Ravka. I was also finally able to feel engaged with her relationship with Hanne. Both of them had some of the riskiest tasks to accomplish in the story and while I was quite excited to see them be successful, it all did feel a tad bit too convenient at times.

The Darkling is obviously back but I don't wanna talk much about him because I still don't know how to feel about him. I absolutely adored his character in the trilogy and sobbed when he died, but I did realize over time with multiple rereads that he will always remain a gaslighting mass murderer despite all the love we readers have for him. And despite whatever happens to him in this story and his character arc, that truth never changes and he remains incapable of repenting.

And of course, I can't not mention how much delight and comfort I found in meeting so many of favorite old characters, even if only for a short glimpse. I am very sure some readers will complain that this was unnecessary fanservice or set up for new books in the world, but I was literally giggling with happiness when each of them showed up and I'm glad the author did it.

I don't know how to end this review, because much like the open ending of this book, I feel conflicted - happy because the endings for each of the characters was quite interesting and unexpected (even if a bit convenient); but also sad at the prospect that I may not meet them again. There was also one character death which I didn't see coming at all and I still wish it hadn't happened. In conclusion, I thought this was a good end point for the Grishaverse - each kingdom having a significant change in the mindset of the rulers, which leaves us with hope for peace in the future. And that is probably what I was looking for in this book. I know I will definitely revisit this world because that's the power of nostalgia, but for now, all I can do is eagerly wait for April 23rd and a Shadow and Bone binge watch. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
I'm disappointed but not surprised.

This book was much, much too long. It had no business being nearly 600 pages long. I initially assumed Leigh Bardugo produced this massive tome because it was intended to be the last book in the Grishaverse, but evidently, it's not going to be. It's just self-indulgently lengthy.

Everything I disliked about the first book was amplified here. There were so many POVs and storylines going on that I struggled to get invested in any of them. When the book finally meanders to its resolution, it's in a deus ex machina way that makes the two novels I plodded through seem pointless. Not very satisfying and definitely not worth the 1100 pages it took to get there. It was like a train crashing through molasses.

Bardugo's written some excellent books, and I really think she has it in her to be a fantastic author. However, in her attempts to weave the Grishaverse together, she turned it into a tangled disaster. It's time to leave it behind. ( )
  Samantha_Quick | Jul 15, 2021 |
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