King of Scars is a forthcoming novel by Leigh Bardugo, set in the Grishaverse and focused on the character Nikolai Lantsov. It is set to be 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]

Known Information Edit

  • King of Scars will be told in multiple-POV third-person narration, similarly to the Six of Crows duology. [2]
  • There will be four main POVs. [3]
    • Nikolai Lantsov will be a POV character. [4]
      • He will have a love interest in King of Scars.
    • Zoya Nazyalensky will be a POV character. [3][5][6]
    • Nina Zenik will be a POV character. [2][6][7]
      • She will have a female love interest in King of Scars, a Fjerdan named Hannah.
    • The unnamed "young monk" in the summary will be a POV character. [2]
      • He was previously part of a cult, called the Cult of the Starless, who want the Darkling recognized as a saint. [2][8]
      • The name of this character was not revealed prior to the book's release; Leigh Bardugo considered changing it during the editing process. [8] His ethnicity, nationality, and all other information were also withheld for unknown reasons.
  • The events of the book will occur about six months after the events of the Six of Crows duology. [6][2]
  • The book will have a romantic subplot [3]; Nikolai and Nina are confirmed to have love interests.
  • Five of the new characters who will be involved are the young monk, Isaak, Hannah, Count Zerov, and Count Kirigin. [3][4][8]
  • Genya Safin, David Kostyk, Tamar Kir-Bataar and Tolya Yul-Bataar will be integral characters. [3]
  • Nadia Zhabin and Adrik Zhabin from the Shadow and Bone trilogy, as well as Leoni, a character briefly mentioned in the Six of Crows duology, will return in King of Scars. [6]
  • Kaz Brekker and Inej Ghafa will be mentioned in the book. [3]
  • The first four chapters of the book, along with the map, have been released as a preview on the Grishaverse website.[4]


  1. Leigh Bardugo previews her next book, King of Scars – Entertainment Weekly, September 26, 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Leigh Bardugo's Instagram page.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Leigh Bardugo’s Twitter page.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 King of Scars preview, Chapter 4
  5. Leigh Bardugo’s Instagram story; May 27, 2018
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 King of Scars preview sampler
  7. Fierce Reads's Instagram page.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Leigh Bardugo‘s BookCon interview with Epic Reads (Facebook)