Review: Rule of Wolves

Posted 29th December 2022 by Emma in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Rule of WolvesRule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
Narrator: Lauren Fortgang
Also by this author: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising, Six of Crows
Series: King of Scars #2
Published by Audible Studios on 30th March 2021
Genres: Fantasy, YA Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 17 hours and 44 minutes
Format: Audible
Source: I bought it

The wolves are circling. And Ravka's time is running out.
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.

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Where do I start with this review? I LOVED the Shadow and Bone trilogy, the Six of Crows duology and the first Nikolai book but I have mixed feelings about this book. I stopped and restarted this book quite a few times this year so much so that it took me most of the year to finish it.

There were some really classic Grieshaverse moments that I really enjoyed. I loved seeing some of the mad plans that Nikolai made and everyone working together during the big battle.

I usually love a multiple POV however it did seem like there was a lot going on in this book and given it is meant to be Nikolai’s book I felt like we didn’t focus enough on him. I enjoyed Nina and her storyline but I did feel some of it was a bit rushed. Like it came a bit out of nowhere IMO.

Zoya was excellent in this book. She grew so much and it was very interesting to hear more of her back story. I felt like I really understood Zoya by the end of the story.

I loved returning to Ketterdam and getting a glimpse of some of the SoC characters and returning to the Grieshaverse. The world is so richly built that I jumped straight back there despite it being so long since I was in the world.

Lauren’s narration is on point. Lauren is one of my top narrators I’m always so excited when I see Lauren is narrating a book I am desperate to listen to. Liking the narrator is so important with audiobooks and Lauren always nails it.

The rest of it was a bit meh. Will it put me off future books by Leigh, probably not but I also won’t put them to the top of my reading pile.

About Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over two million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, and The Language of Thorns—with more to come. (To hear about new releases, tour dates, and giveaways first, sign up for Leigh’s newsletter here.) Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including The Best of and the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and the forthcoming Ninth House. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and even makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Los Angeles, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.


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