“They were just the people who had shown up and managed to survive.
But maybe that was the trick of it: to survive, to dare to stay alive, to forge your own hope when all hope had run out.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Rule of Wolves
It has been a great privilege to read all 7 of Bardugo’s Grishaverse books, and the most recent, Rule of Wolves, was an absolute masterpiece from my perspective. We get to delve deeper into the politics of the realm, experience a deeper connection with characters we have grown to love, and we have developed a new appreciation for their struggles. We get a brief reunion with beloved characters from past stories and meet a few new friends too. We have also witnessed Leigh Bardugo grow as an author which is an amazing experience for me as an aspiring author.
This story ties up a lot of loose ends for me after what could only be described as an emotional rollercoaster ride. The complaints I had from King of Scars were dealt with beautifully in this book and I didn’t mind the back and forth between the characters this time. The story flowed and made sense. It made me laugh out loud and cry from feeling the heartbreak of the characters. By far, one of the best books I have read in a long time. The ending was tidy, satisfying and really all that I could hope for at the end of the story you wish would NOT end. It also left an opening. If Bardugo ever wanted to continue writing in this world or not, the ending fits. Thank you for this awesome story, Leigh Bardugo!