Daughters of Doubt and Eyerolling

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Multiverse Travel

Micaiaha Johnson’s The Space Between Worlds, published 04 August, 2020.

There are 382 parallel Earths and Cara, the MC, is alive in 8 of them. These 8 are the Earths she should not traverse into, because no one knows what happens when you meet yourself in another universe. It’s probably as catastrophic as meeting yourself when time travelling. I digress.

Cara grew up in the wastelands, she thought she’d die young out there, like her mother, but one day she finds a way to use her risk-affine personality. She becomes a traverser, a person travelling between parallel universes. A job she can only do, because she died on most of the alternate Earths. One of the golden rules of traversing is, never to enter a world where you could meet your parallel-self. As any high-risk fiend, she has to break the golden rules: she meets an alternate self, she meddles in other-universe affairs, she discovers a conspiracy on her home base Earth 0, which she then has to try to stop.

Johnson created a wonderful world: the wastelands, ruled by a cruel warlord; the city full of multistory buildings, the different religious systems, and the traversing. Although the beginning of the novel is slightly confusing, because it takes some time to find out how traversing works, the pacing is excellent and it was very hard putting the book down.

Back in Ravka – King of Scars

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo takes place a few years after the end of the civil war; this book is a spin-off from the Grisha Trilogy and contains spoilers for the other books in the fictional universe.

Nikolai has not only brought scars home from the war, some dark magic is growing in him. Also, the war has left Ravka a country with weak borders and empty coffers. Trying to get rid of the dark magic within the king is not easy, so when a possible solution presents itself Nikolai, Zoya and a few others don’t hesitate and set out to try this.

While Nikolai is on his journey to find a cure, at the palace in Os Alta preparations are made for a giant ball to form an alliance between Ravka and the other countries to avoid yet another war.

Meanwhile Nina Zenik is in the heart of Fjerda trying to help the Grisha hiding there. Her royal orders soon turn into another quest to fight her old enemies the Druskelle.

It was good to be back in Ravka, but without Alina Starkov. Yes, I am well-aware I’ll get flak for this, but honestly, I didn’t care much for the Grisha Trilogy. Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom though, that was good entertainment, so good that I think I’ve read the former easily four times so far. Anyway, King of Scars was good. It felt slow moving in the middle, where I thought that both Nikolai’s quest for a cure and Nina’s quest to free Fjerdan Grisha took its sweet time and I was wishing for more action or a quicker pace. The last part was packed with action and events happened one after the other.

My revisit to this world happened via the audiobook, in some parts paired with the book. The narration by Lauren Fortgang was good, she managed to give each of the different POV its own voice well; though I might have pronounced some of the Ravkan names differently.

4/5 Goodreads stars

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