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Audiofile Review: KING OF SCARS

Face your demons...or feed them. The dashing young king, Nikolai Lantsov, has always had a gift for the impossible. 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 general, 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.

Listeners return to mystical Grishaverse with the first audiobook in a new duology, narrated by Lauren Fortgang. Whether listeners are coming to this universe of demons and saints for the first time or the sixth, Fortgang is the perfect guide through a fictional countryside full of hard-to-pronounce places in the snowy north of some alternate version of Eastern Europe.

The accents range from Russian to Czech to American. Fortgang's linguistic gifts trick listeners into thinking this book has multiple narrators. As the characters unearth their inner darkness and inner light, Fortgang's narration drips with both sorrow and love. The breathtaking ending begs those who are new to the universe to start at the beginning and those who have returned to start again. A.R.F. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2019]

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