From #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo comes an intricate, rich, new fantasy duology set in the Grishaverse.
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.
Leigh Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she hides out in Hollywood, where she indulges her fondness for glamour, ghouls, and costuming in her other life as a makeup artist in Hollywood. Her first novel, Shadow and Bone, was a New York Times bestseller.