The novel, Rule of Wolves, will be the final book in Bardugo’s Grishaverse series of books, which debuted in 2012 with Shadow and Bone. King of Scars followed King Nikolai Lantsov as he fought to keep his homeland of Ravka united; a reviewer for Kirkus said the novel “will leave readers begging for the sequel.”
Bardugo told Entertainment Weekly, “I think of this as the allies and enemies book, because those relationships are constantly shifting as Nikolai tries to keep his country from all-out war.”
The book’s publisher, the confusingly named Macmillan imprint Imprint, wrote, “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.”
Bardugo offered a few more details about the novel on Twitter, writing, “There is kissing in this book. There is death in this book. There are cameos in this book. There are twists in this book. There are monsters of every variety in this book. I’ll leave it at that for now.”
There is kissing in this book.— Leigh Bardugo (away for a while) (@LBardugo) August 22, 2020
There is death in this book.
There are cameos in this book.
There are twists in this book.
There are monsters of every variety in this book.
I'll leave it at that for now. #RuleofWolves
Rule of Wolves is slated for publication on March 30, 2021.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.