I’ve been wanting to create more book features for the blog to talk about all the wonderful books I’ve read or am planning to read, so that’s why I’m so excited to share Bookish Theories today!
Bookish Theories is a feature I was inspired to create which came into my mind while scrolling through twitter, seeing all the upcoming books people were excited for, and thinking about my own TBR for the upcoming year!
The idea is that I list my thoughts or theories about the book before I read it & spark conversation with those who are looking forward to it too 😍📚✨
With Bardugo’s King Of Scars being such an anticipated YA Release just a week away now and already forming theories about it myself, I thought her book would be a great one to start off the series! (*SPOILERS AHEAD for Ruin & Rising & Crooked Kingdom)
Let me know what you think of my theories & list yours in the comments below!
King Of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (Nikolai Duology #1)
Available for Pre-Order through The Book Depository (Paperback)
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Summary: Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.
Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.
1. I’ve already read a couple pages of chapter excerpts, so I do know its written in 3rd person, but I haven’t read past Ch.1! So, I’m guessing the book will have multiple POV’s similar to Six Of Crows & Crooked Kingdom.
2. From the summary we know Nikolai is now king and looking to help improve Ravka’s finances & gain allies! So, I believe there’ll be a lot of traveling in this book!
3.Zoya! I think this one may be obvious because she was with Nikolai in Crooked Kingdom, but I think she’ll have an even bigger role in King Of Scars compared to previous books! (Even a POV)
4.Because Nikolai was originally from the Grisha Trilogy, I think we’ll be getting a good amount of backstory to catch us up on what happened in between its end to now!
5.With the events that happened in Ruin And Rising, Nikolai will probably still be recovering mentally. With the summary stating a Grisha Squaller will help him, I think this plot point will appear before the 50% mark, maybe shortly after!
6.Nina! With the reveal earlier last year of her POV, I think there’ll be a lot of exploration of her evolved power as a Heartrender and the grief she feels for Matthias! But, its obvious she’ll pull through!
7.I also think Nina will have a big hand in helping the Grisha army against the “big threat”
8.This one is a bit out there & I’m positive it’ll unlikely happen, but I feel the Dregs will have some sort of cameo? Whether its in a brief flashback, description or maybe a quick appearance! (My bet is on either Inej or Kaz?)
9.With this being Nikolai’s book there’ll be a lot of world-building when it comes to the inner politics and history/development of the setting!
10. Even though there’s a lot that Nikolai will be going through, I think overall the atmosphere and feel in King Of Scars will be hopeful! Because the previous books had a very dark atmosphere and story, this book feels like it’ll be a welcoming light & represent the change/growth to the world & characters since the Grisha Trilogy!
11. *The Darkling will for sure be included one way or another! There’s no doubt in my mind that Bardugo is going to weave him somehow into the “rising threat” or Nikolai’s increasing dark magic!
12.As a big Kingdom Hearts fan & having compared the series to the Grisha Trilogy, I’m pretty certain there’ll be a lot of discussion about the light vs. dark!
13.Back to Nina, our Waffle Queen✨👑! With the loss of Matthias, I think there’ll still be echoes of him that we hear from her POV! Like her still hearing his voice or her thinking about him in little moments of the story!
14.I think the story will have an interesting split in tone/setting! What I mean is I feel the first 50% or so will focus on Zoya, & Nina in Ravka helping Nikolai & Nikolai doing his work as king (with continuous action, etc.)! But I feel after, the story will go in a more “quiet” direction as Nikolai goes to the Squaller for help with the dark magic inside of him!
15.I mean it can’t be a Grishaverse book without the Grisha! So, I’m guessing there’ll be more in-depth discussion of Grisha powers! Even how they’ve changed since Ruin & Rising!
16.I’m also absolutely certain there’ll be a reference to Alina + Nikolai! I also theorize that Zoya will also mention Alina & fill in gaps on whats happened to her!
17.This one I’m not to sure of now that I’m writing it, but I think there’ll be a couple references to both the Darkling & Alina when they were together in the Grisha Trilogy!
What are your theories for King Of Scars? 👑✨⚔
Are you looking forward to Leigh’s next book in the Grishaverse? 🤩🎉🎉✨⚔