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Jun 02, 2021jenniferjareau rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo is a young adult fantasy novel that is a part of the Grishaverse. The plot of this book follows the ending of the first book in the duology, King of Scars. This book is amazing and hands down one of my favorite books ever. War is brewing in Ravka and it is only a matter of time before the Fjerdans attack Ravka. Nikolai Lantsov, one of the main characters, is the King of Ravka, but he has a dark secret: he has a monster inside of him. Nikolai must use everything he can, including the dark parts of him to win the war and avoid death and torture for Grisha. His right-hand woman and the second main character is Zoya Nazyalensky. Zoya has risked, lost, and fought too much in this war just for them to lose. She has seen numerous of her friends die and her worst enemies be brought back to life in front of her. Now, despite all the odds, she and Nikolai must defeat the Fjerdans, and they have an advantage on their side. Nina Zenik. She is undercover with the Fjerdans as Mila. A widower. Nina has to grapple with either getting revenge for her past grief or push those feelings aside and help her country have a chance at freedom for Grisha [people with magic powers]. The romance between Zoya and Nikolai was incredibly sweet and perfect, the ending of this book really showed how much they cared for each other and that even though Nikolai is the king, anything can happen. Nina and Hanne on the other hand were cute and sweet, but I thought the romance between them was too fast. Nina had just seen her past boyfriend die in front of her (in the Six of Crows Duo-logy) and then moved on really quickly. Some things I really liked about this book were how they portrayed racism and past characters from other books. The plot twists in this novel were also amazing and just fit right in. Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who has read Shadow and Bone/Six of Crows/King of Scars and is in middle school or above. It has great representation, with east and south Asians, queer characters, disabled characters, and mental health representation.