The Grishaverse
The Grishaverse

King of Scars is the first book in the King of Scars Duology by Leigh Bardugo, set in the Grishaverse and focused on the character Nikolai Lantsov. It was released on January 29, 2019, by Imprint.


Face your demons... or feed them.

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]


Editorial Reviews[]

  • "Deadly clever political intrigue, heart-stopping adventure, memorable characters, and several understated, hinted-at romances (how will we wait?!) come together in one glorious, Slavic-folklore infused package. Bardugo's star continues to rise." —Booklist, starred review





  1. Leigh Bardugo previews her next book, King of Scars – Entertainment Weekly, September 26, 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 King of Scars sampler, chapters 1-3
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Leigh Bardugo's Instagram page.
  4. King of Scars preview, Chapter 4
  5. Leigh Bardugo's Twitter, Zoya confirmation – May 28, 2018
  6. Leigh Bardugo Returns to Ravka in Her New Series – Goodreads, January 2, 2019
  7. Leigh Bardugo's Twitter, Inej mentioned – May 28, 2018
  8. Leigh Bardugo's Twitter, Kaz mentioned – May 28, 2018
  9. Leigh Bardugo's Tumblr, audiobook info – December 19, 2018