Book Review: Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

Published in Australia on the 31st March, 2021 by Orion Children’s Books, an imprint of Hachette.

Add Rule of Wolves to your Goodreads TBR:

Annnnd if you haven’t read King of Scars (book one in the Nikolai/King of Scars duology) then do add it:

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy,Magical Realism, Adventure, Fantasy Romance.

Page Count: 588

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sypnosis from Hachette Australia

The Demon King. As Fjerda’s massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm – and even the monster within – to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king’s gift for the impossible.

The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.

The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.

King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.

My Review:

Well, perhaps unsurprisingly – Leigh Bardugo has absolutely slayed me once again. I honestly didn’t think that I could love a Grishaverse book more than Crooked Kingdom, then King of Scars came around and WOW. but oh, if the Grishaverse wasn’t my all time favourite book world, which to be honest it has been for some time now, just. My heart!

I honestly don’t even think I’m going to even attempt coherency here, because (if you’re a Friends fan as well as a Grishaverse fan, you may relate to my blubbering mess of fangirl feelings that Leigh Bardugo often reduces us to! So coherency is absolutely a moo point at the moment!

I’m calling myself very fortunate that I’ve read a lot of amazing books this year, I’m talking House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas, Heartstopper Vol 4 by Alice Oseman, Chain of Iron by Cassie Clare, The Emporium of Imagination by Tabitha Bird, Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab, all of which I’d say are among my very favourites that I’ve read, all of which I’d recommend and easily say are 5 ⭐ reads! Joining them, no hesitation, is Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo!

Oh, but I’m not even sure where to begin! Rule of Wolves had been one of my most anticipated releases for a while, well since I read King of Scars! Even as I found myself picking up this sequel and final installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Nikolai duology, I found myself remembering what happened throughout the first installment, as well as still being shooketh by that absolutely wild cliffhanger-above-all-cliffhangers!!

The pacing in Rule of Wolves, as in Leigh Bardugo’s other books, flowed completely rapidly and there was never a dull moment, I constantly felt myself on tender hooks throughout! Honestly, as soon as I had started reading,I found I didn’t want it to end a d definitely tried to prolong finishing it! There were some days where I didn’t get to pick up Rule of Wolves, namely because I was either busy or momentarily distracted by other books (oh, the pain of being a polyamorous reader!) but honestly it worked in my favour, because when I did pick up Rule of Wolves, I found myself binging a fair few chapters in that sitting, while still trying to prolong finishing it!

Nikolai. Zoya. Genya. Alina. David. Nina. Hanne. Kaz. Jesper. Inej. My heart has so much love and appreciation for all these amazing characters! I know we’re getting a third, much completely awaited instalment for Six of Crows, but honestly I feel like it cannot come soon enough! Not only has Rule of Wolves completely set the foundation for yet another novel of epic proportions, there were so many moments throughout this book that had me feeling all of the feels!

Seriously though, I honestly felt like I’d momentarily become a meme when I read this one! Especially at a certain point where I read something particularly devastating, causing me to swiftly close the book and turn to my cat, where I then said “When I open the book, I better not have read what I just did!”

However, I’m hoping you realise that I’m intentionally keeping this as vague and spoiler free as I can, purely because, well: spoilers are mean and also because it’s always fun going into series knowing as little background information as possible! What I will tentatively say though, is how much I loved the momentum of this book, knowing something undeniably epic was coming and definitely not at all being disappointed! But also the character growth throughout was completely amazing! Especially for Zoya and Nikolai, who’d both gone through so much and had so much going on in the previous books too, all leading up to a completely memorable and altogether epic Rule of Wolves! Honestly, I know I’ll reread it and every other Grishaverse book, honestly if I wasn’t expecting The Lives of Saints to arrive any day now, I’d probably ignore the judgement of my TBR and reread them all right now!

If you haven’t read any of the Grishaverse books, I completely recommend them with every fibre of my being! Happy, Happy Reading and stay well lovely readers! 📚

Brooklyn. 🤗

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