I was asked the question above.
Sorry to say I’d never heard of Ms. Leigh Bardugo until I was asked if our works were the same?
I can’t say yes or no for I have not read any of her books yet.
I read the except of this one and the only similarity I can see so far is we are both talking about fighting evil and warrior saints.
But I thanks the readers for seeing similarities. But I think you need to read Unholy Pursuit to discover the similarities between the two books.
Her character’s name is Nikolai Lantsov
Mine’s name is Nikola Machiavelli. A direct descendants of Niccolo Machiavelli, the author of the Prince.
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.
This guy, this young king sounds like a much nicer person than Nikola Machiavelli. At least he’s trying not to do evil. Nikola Machiavelli is trying his earnest to do all the bad he can get his hands on and drag up hell itself.
I wouldn’t dare place a monk in the room with Nikola Machiavelli.
She’s quite successful and I wish her well.