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In a lavish world where darkness reigns and science collides with superstition, Alina Starkov has the power to save her country…but it comes with a price in The Grisha Trilogy by New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.Included in this bundle are Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising....

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The Grisha Trilogy Reviews

  • Khadidja
    2018-09-09 02:36

    one of my favorite series of all time.Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) by Leigh Bardugo (Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2) by Leigh Bardugo Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3) by Leigh Bardugo

  • Ivy
    2018-09-15 00:45

    5 🌟Overall, I thought the series as a whole was very good. Wish that there was a Darkling prequel series. Hope to see the characters again. Also hope Nikolai will do well as king. RIP everyone that died.

  • Tes (thepaperbackproject)
    2018-09-12 01:38

    Aside from being the first book my boyfriend ever bought me, I’m pretty sure that Shadow and Bone was one of the few books I’ve ever chosen just because of the cover. Let’s be real though - the cover art on every single book in The Grisha Trilogy is phenomenal. Not only is it gorgeous but it ties in with the words underneath the cover. I can definitely say that the covers are what drew me into this beautiful world that Leigh Bardugo created. It was her characters, her words, her stories that kept me there. I didn’t expect to love this trilogy as much as I do. Not only is the nation of Ravka torn by war, it is also quite literally split in two by the Shadow Fold. Created by the Black Heretic hundreds of years ago, the Fold is a black nothingness that spreads between Kribirsk and Novokribirsk. It is infested with creatures called Volcra and has become known as the Unsea. Alina Starkov, an orphan and a soldier in the First Army, sets out to cross the Fold with other soldiers (including her best friend, Mal). Of course, this is where everything goes wrong - and continues to go wrong until the very end. It turns out Alina is Grisha (or a person who can summon, control and manipulate an element) and the only Sun Summoner in existence. The Grisha Trilogy follows Alina’s journey to save Ravka, destroy the Fold and defeat the Darkling. While there are many themes in The Grisha Trilogy, the biggest is the struggle for power. You see it between the three nations - Ravka, Shu Han and Fjerda. You even see it between Alina and the Darkling, Nikolai and his brother and father (the royal family), the Grisha and everyone else. But there’s also Alina’s struggle with herself and her identity. Before she became Grisha and the Sun Summoner, she was an orphan who didn’t fit in anywhere, who was in love with her best friend and wanted something that was just hers and hers alone. Over the course of the story, Alina becomes a person almost completely unrecognizable from who she was when we first met her. She becomes less naive and feeble, becomes much more brutal and strong and Martyr-like than even the Darkling or the Apparat could have expected. With a heroine who is stubborn and constantly on the verge of heading down a dark path, a villain who sometimes seems too human to deal with, and supporting characters that you never want to see hurt again, the characters are definitely the strongest part about this series. Especially the Darkling. He is absolutely monstrous but there are so many times where you can’t help but like him. He is dark, manipulative and unbearably raw in a way that makes him one of the most interesting villains I’ve read. Aside from him, each of the characters and their stories, personalities, flaws and strengths are what make this story so hard to step away from. This series was constantly changing pace, twisting in directions that I didn’t expect (or even want for that matter). The writing was beautiful and only got better which each book. My copies are literally filled with post-its and bookmarks for parts that I absolutely adored, that I read over and over again. And I honestly didn’t think I would be able to talk about this series without turning into a big flailing mess. With its strong characters, phenomenal world-building, continuously surprising plot and fantastic finale, The Grisha Trilogy has forced it’s way to the top of my favourites list.

  • Şeyma
    2018-09-04 23:49

    Yüz yıllar sonra gelen seri yorumu olsun bu.Ben bu seriyi ergenken okumuştum, lise yılları falan. Okurken çok sevmiştim ama hatırlıyorum içimi sıkan bir şeyler vardı. Şimdi seri üzerine düşününce anladım ki bu Alina'nın salaklığı ve Malyen'le olan ve olamayan ilişkileri ve Darkling'le olan i hate you i love you but i hate you olayları yüzündenmiş. Grisha dünyası güzeldi ama işleniş klişeydi. Seriye puanım 3 ama Nikolai'a puanım 5. Üzerinden yıllar geçti hala bazı cümleleri aklıma geliyor, keşke bunuca gereksiz entrikadan sıyrılıp Nikolai'ın hikayesini de okuyabilseydim, The Too-Clever Fox dışında yani. Sahte Krallık'ın bile en sevdiğim kısımları Nikolai'ın olduğu kısımlardı. Bu arada herkes Darkling 'in nesini sevdi?Yazar güzel bir fikrin canına okumuş diyeyim kısaca.Güncelleme: Bu yorumu yazdıktan bir dakika sonra King of Scarsın çıkacağını gördüm. King is back!

  • Winter Sophia Rose
    2018-09-15 20:36

    Intriguing, Dark, Inspiring & Heartfelt! A Thrilling Read! I Loved It!

  • Cary
    2018-09-05 20:00

    Copied from my Amazon Review:Book one is awesome. YA troupes abound: there is a plain, insecure, yet plucky heroine named Alina, who it just so happens, is The Chosen One. There is a love triangle. The love interests have perfect jaws and lean muscles and piercing eyes.But it’s fun. The characters are compelling, if a bit one-dimensional. It’s the type of book where you can predict the characters personalities by their hair color (Mal has brown hair and green eyes. He is earthy and honest. The Darkling has black hair and grey eyes. He is mysterious and dangerous…). An interesting background cast, particularly Genya and Baghra, help flesh out the story. Some tropes are later explained in believable and imaginative ways. The theme of safely and belonging vs. responsibility and individuality ties it all together. Great start! But the rest of the series…?Non-spoiler blurb:While many trilogies suffer from a saggy middle book, this really took the cake. The plot wobbles about in a repeating loop. I wanted to grab all the characters by both ears and shake them, as they settled into an angsty holding pattern. In a trilogy spanning nearly 2000 pages, the characters and theme set out in the first book were too flat to sustain growth.SPOILER-FILLED BREAKDOWN:(view spoiler)[For example, Alina spends a few chapters stuck underground under new imprisonment, and I'm still struggling to understand Bardugo's decision to do this. To show how Alina's powers are limited? To make a statement about fanaticism? About imperfect allies? About how people will try to use her? These options were either explored elsewhere in the books or went nowhere. The Apparat's intentions seemed intriguing in first book, but he just kinda…waffles out. Like so much in the rest of the series.While the addition of a new main character / love interest for Alina was a great opportunity to read some witty and genuinely fun dialogue, his character ultimately only serves to sustain Alina’s angst. I would have preferred for Nikolai to have remained a strong friend and comic relief rather than hinting he did have feelings for Alina and muddling the romance plot. He represents a passionless but materially comfortable life for Alina, and thus completes the triumvirate of swoon-worthy, men: danger and power OR true love and companionship OR comfort and wealth. And why, at this point, are we even trying to pretend there is a choice? Oh yeah, because we have to pump out a trilogy….and the Darkling has been taken off the board at this point as anything but a spicy interlude. Speaking of which, while I loved the mystery of him in the first book and watching Alina come to terms with the bitter reality, I wanted to slap her by midway though the second book (I believe it was about that point. I was a bit unclear as to the boundaries between #2 and #3, since I bought the packaged set)… Why flirt with him, after what has happened? While I don't fault the author using their mental connection as a plot device showing that The Darkling has some serious mental issues and is obsessed with Alina, why would she use it to flirt and cheat on Mal who she loves oh-so-much instead of trying to learn more about The Darkling and gather useful information? Maybe about, ohhh sayyy, what he did in the past to make him what he is, since she seems to be going down the same damn path herself? I really wanted Alina to make some sort of stand about how she was a real person and not just a tool for him to use, or realize he would never see her as anything but a tool until she took the advantage, but again….waffling. And Mal…what happened? He gets flattened out so that he is no longer a real character….he is a tool. He literally says so and gets it tattooed on himself *gags*. I liked him in the first book. He seemed to have a life outside of worshiping Alina. That's a plus to me, for an intriguing romance (likely why there are so many Darkling and Nikoli shippers out there). Again, there is a quasi-explanation offered, but it was cold comfort and didn't make much sense to me: his destiny was tied to Alina's, sure, but he could still have developed as a character rather than regressed to a tortured troupe.Background cast members (and there are a great many introduced) face gruesome deaths and disfigurements, and Alina goes though the five stages of grief in a few sentences…usually getting some kind of quasi-closure and laughing it up with her buds after spending a page or two snugging with one of her love interests. The growth we saw in her character in the first book just flatlines until very late in the last book. While there is some character development (Alina grappling with hunger for power, the darkling spiraling further into madness and alienation, Mal …er…becoming increasingly sulky), it's painfully repetitive, and I struggled with it.(hide spoiler)]Bardugo can write. I got though the second and third even if I threw it down a few times in frustration. But this series would have benefitted GREATLY by being a two-book series. Then again…I am 27. Angsty teen me might have loved all the insubstantial fluff.Ultimately, the conclusion was satisfying and fitting. I did care for the characters I met in the first book…or at least the characteristics they portrayed. It just took a long, grinding time to get there. If you want an soap-ish YA romance with a solid fantasy setting and plot, this is a great series. If you want a fast-paced fantasy epic with a likable heroine and believable characterization…. this may leave you wanting. I fully intend to give her new series a try, as reviews lead me to believe there is less angst and better character development.

  • Phoebe The Reading Phoenix
    2018-09-25 00:59

    Shadow & Bone  (5/5)
Siege & Storm  (3.5/5)
Ruin & Rising (5/5)
First Impressions/Pros and Cons:
I was first drawn into this series by the cover art, and before long the synopsis backed up the beauty of the cover. I was really eager to read this Fantasy based in Russia and around Russian culture!
In the first book, Bardugo grabbed me by my hand and pulled me through the book. I was constantly turning pages without even keeping track. I was dying for interaction between Mal and Alina, and then I was dying for more of The Darkling. Each page had another reason that pulled me deeper into the story of the Grisha. I found myself mesmerized by the Grisha and their powers, and was eager to keep track of the different color kefta's, and the different powers of the Grisha. This book really established the world we were in, and the society that we faced.
In the beginning of the second book, I was happy to have more time with Mal and Alina, but the story continued at a very slow pace for me. The thing that pulled me through this novel was the interaction with the characters. I fell in love with Nikolai from very early on, and even Tolya and Tamar. When I got bored by the "details" I would hang on just to catch the banter between characters. After about 250 pages, the book finally grabbed me like a whirlwind and I finished it in one sitting. Book two, though it was slow, was designed mostly to see huge steps in character development, and to deepen the plot with strategy and detail. Bardugo waited until the very end, however, to pull you back into the main focus of the story.
The final book in the trilogy acted as a tornado for me. I was quickly swept up and carried away, just as I had been with book one. I was actually so focused on reading - eager to find out what happens - that I didn't get to take as many notes as I would have liked to. Throughout the entire series I, personally, didn't feel like there were any huge plot holes. Yes, there were some holes in the driving force behind some of the characters, but they were explained away by an unearthly calling, drawn to the forces uncontrollably. I did, however, find myself extremely irked with the fact that the first portion of this book is spent in a damp underground. Realistically, everyone would have gotten violently sick with Pneumonia, and other disease born from wet environments. Though this didn't happen AT ALL, I guess I just have to remember this book is a fantasy, so maybe they don't get sick like normal people?
All in all, Bardugo has well-placed plot twists, keeps you on your toes in the romance department, and creates characters that have realistic emotions and thought processes that I find makes them very relatable.
Now it's time to talk about the very creatures who bring a book to life. Our protagonist, Alina Starkov, starts off timid. She is shy, easily emotional, and unsuccessful in life. She, as a person, is mediocre. There is no grandeur about her. She is not fiercely beautiful, incredibly intelligent, or even an above average map-maker. Starting off with someone who is so close to nothing really gives a character TONS of room to grow, and she did. By book two we see her come out of the "timid, woe-is-me, victim mentality" a bit. She begins to stuff her emotions down and swallow the heavy pills as they come. By the end of book two, she begins to accept her "calling." Once we reach book 3, she's forced to face what she is, and what she must be. She steps away from the character she once was, and we begin to see her blossom as a ruthless leader. The question lying beneath that is, is that a good or a bad thing?
Next, we have Mal, who by general consensus is not a favorite of many. In book one Mal starts off blind, and cocky. He was impervious to seeing what was right in front of him, and that was really quite painful to watch. He was your stereotypical "Player." He loved the ladies, he loved his friends, and he loved to drink. By the end of book one, things had taken a shift. Suddenly the blinders came off, and he realized what he was missing. He became less jovial and careless, which is to be expected after a trauma or tragedy. Book two started off with him determined to no longer take life for granted, however, after a series of events he began to revert back to old behaviors. This was painstakingly annoying and made me hate him for a while. At the beginning of book three he was back to living a life of devotion, but before long he'd begun to come to terms with his decision to put the blinders back on. By the end of the series, despite the constant back-and-forth drama, he'd taken his fair share of losses (including finally losing the blinders) and he sets off on a lifetime journey of being worthy of the gift he has.
The Darkling, oh what words I have for him. When we meet him in book one he starts off as very cold and distant. He seems calculated and acts as one might expect a noble to act. Along the way, he becomes this fiercely sexy, kind, and charming being whom I think everyone wanted a piece of. Raise your hand if you wanted to take Alina's place in book one. *Jabs hand in air violently* By the end of book one we begin to see other sides of his character that are cold, and callous. He is goal-oriented and unafraid of taking any actions necessary to meet this goal. In book two I began to question if he had succumbed to the thing that destroys us all - love. He remains cold and callous throughout the rest of book two. After we reach the halfway mark in book two, and most prominently in book three, we see heavy chips in his armor. The facade begins to break and we get a glimpse of the softer sides of the Darkling.
Each character in this book - Nikolai, David, Tolya, Tamar, Sergei, Nadia, Baghra, Zoya, etc - develops beautifully throughout. We see progressions in personality, the revealing of secrets, flaws in them as a person, their strengths, and weaknesses. Personally, I think my favorite character was Nikolai because he was witty, sarcastic, had the spirit animal of a peacock, and the resilience of a born leader.
This Russian Folk Fantasy has ravaged my heart and made me a home in Ravka. With a battle of self vs. society, good vs. evil, and love conquers all this novel will take you on a journey of light versus the darkness. Personally, I would rate this series 4.5/5, and would most definitely recommend to a friend. I would have been happy to give it a five-star rating had book two not been so slow initially. With some sexual scenes, and vivid depictions of death and war, personally, I wouldn't suggest this series for anyone under the age of 15. I hope you enjoy(ed) this series as much as I did, and I would love to hear your thoughts!
Favorite Quotes:
“The problem with wanting is that it makes us weak.” – The Darkling
“The moment our lips met, I knew with pure and piercing certainty that I would have waited for him forever.” – Alina
“Why can a Grisha possess but one amplifier? I will answer this question instead: What is infinite? The universe and the greed of men.” – The Darkling
“People, particularly big men carrying big rifles, don’t expect lip from a scrawny thing like me. They always look a bit dazed when they get it.” – Alina
“There’s nothing wrong with being a lizard either, unless you were born to be a Hawk.”
– Baghra
“When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable.” - Sturmhond
“The less you say, the more weight your words will carry.” - Nikolai
“What is infinite? The universe and the greed of men.” - Morozova
"I might not be a threat, but I could become one." - Alina
"Saints, Alina. I hope you weren't looking to me to be the voice of reason. I keep to a strict diet of ill-advised enthusiasm and heartfelt regret." - Nikolai

  • Sarah
    2018-09-11 02:52

    This was a Good story wrapped in a shite load of brain dead romantic drivel. Such a shame. It feels like an editor said '...fantasy has a limited audience, what this needs is dry-humpin in order to sell! make it more like Twilight and you'll be laughing...stupid people love that shit and you'll be rolling in money, you and Meyers both!' The world has great potential - and Bardugo is genuinely talented and has a great imagination. I respect her for creating this mythology... her shorts in particular are amazing. The Six of Crows books are a big step up from this poop. Leigh, in future, please just please listen less to your editor about what people want, and write more of what you want!

  • Bridget
    2018-09-14 01:32


  • Pearl Angeli
    2018-09-01 19:36

    4.5 Stars for this magnificent trilogy! <3 I've read all three books in 2015 and I enjoyed them. The whole series was fantasy at its finest. Hats off to Leigh Bardugo.

  • MondoRS
    2018-09-14 22:31

    This has to be the best series I've read in a long time, kept me invested the whole way but finishing it left me wanting more. I hope Leigh Bardugo comes out with a book for Nikolai sometime soon.

  • Felicia [Felicia's Ink(t)]
    2018-09-13 19:39

    One of the best series ever!!

  • Siobhan
    2018-09-09 23:59

    Had so much fun with these; such an addictive series.

  • Bianca Escada
    2018-09-04 20:58

    One of my ALL TIME FAVORITE SERIES! Must read! These books have everything!

  • Kennedie Close
    2018-09-17 20:43

    These books were phenominal! The setting was unique and intriguing. It reminded me of an ancient Russia, if there was such a thing. Alina Starkov left a lot to be desired. As the heroine of the story, I expected more from her. She was just another stubborn, butt - kicking female character. Now, don't get me wrong, I appreciate strong female leads, but she seemed very cold and removed for most of the series, except when she was kissing one guy or another. Speaking of guys...The male characters really made this series for me. Mal was... enh. But the Darkling and Nikolai were amazingly written characters! Nikolai added some much needed humor and the Darkling was just one of those crazy, damaged characters that you want to fix. Lastly, the most important aspect of the series: the Grisha. I really liked the whole concept of superpowers in an army like setting. The keftas (robes) that they wear were a nice detail as well, since your kefta's colour is determined by what kind of Grisha you are. All in all, a must read series!

  • Claire
    2018-09-05 23:51

    I read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom and fell in love. When I realized that there were other books BEFORE that, I knew I had to read them. And I am so glad I did! These books are amazing! Leigh Bardugo does not disappoint. I highly recommend for anyone looking for well-rounded characters, a fierce heroine, villains you sometimes don't want to hate, and a love story that defeats all odds.

  • Leslie
    2018-09-04 21:44

    Book 1 is excellent. Book 2 and part of book 3 flag, but the payoff at the finale was pretty good. The world of the Grishas is fun. The series borrows heavily from other fantasy series, but it comes off as fresh.

  • ari
    2018-08-28 02:34

    these books were the best i've ever read and i feel like there should be more hype about them???

  • Melody
    2018-08-25 21:42

    Where Do I Sign Up for My Golden Kefta?*Disclaimer: This review includes major spoilers. And, of course, you should take my opinions with a grain of salt. I don’t pretend to be the end all, be all for YA books. This is just what I thought of the book.I promised a review for the series that has been hailed for years to be “the next Harry Potter.”This is not because it resembles the Harry Potter series. True, I did see several similar themes and archetypes between the two. The tone of this series is very similar to the tone in the last three Harry Potter books, after Voldemort’s return. I could write down an analysis of all of the similarities between these two series, from the self-sacrificing hero to the battle between light and darkness, but I don’t really want to do that. The similarities I see between these two series are just what I said earlier – themes, base archetypes. If you are looking for a series that has those basic similarities to J.K. Rowling’s books, fine, you’ve found one. But they are just as present in many other series.***************************As I mentioned in a previous post, I really dislike calling anything “the next Harry Potter” or the next “Lord of the Rings” or the next whatever. An author’s work should have a chance to stand on its own. Therefore, this review will only feature the Grisha Trilogy.I really enjoyed this series. I didn’t know what I was walking into, but I’m pretty happy with this series. That’s why I’m giving it 9 stars.First of all, I just really want to be able to stand in a crowd of YA book lovers and start a slow clap for this amazing author who took fantasy and dystopia, two genres which have been mixed together before, and then created something that feels truly unique.How did she do this? It’s mind-blowingly simple, and yet I didn’t even see it coming.Her setting was ancient Russia. I’ve never read a YA dystopian book that is based in Russia, and based off of other people’s reactions to this series, neither has anyone else. That opened the door to so many possibilities.A unique setting might have been enough to carry the first book in the trilogy all the way to the top of the New York Best Seller’s List. Bardugo took it the extra mile, and I love her for that. She didn’t just place her characters in Russia. She created her own fantasy world on top of that. I am very impressed with her world building abilities. I don’t know where Russia ends and her world begins, but I don’t really care. The language, the people, the buildings, the clothes, the food, the weapons – all amazing and all entirely her own. It was seamless. Anyone trying to recreate her complex world on screen will have their work cut out for them.***Here is where I would have placed a condensed summary of all three books, but that would have meant tying all three books together and giving away spoilers. In light of that, I will only provide a summary of the first book in the trilogy, Shadow and Bone:***************************Orphan Alina Starkov is raised with a group of other orphaned children in Keramzin. When she is old enough, she is conscripted into the First Army with her best friend, Mal Oretsev. When their regiment is attacked out on the Fold, the supernatural darkness that cuts Ravka in two, she calls forth a power that she didn’t even know she had. The Darkling, the leader of the Grisha, people who wield the Small Science, soon learns of her skills. Alina is separated from Mal and sent to train with the other Grisha. As her power grows, she has to decide who she can and cannot trust. Will she let the Darkling use his power for his own schemes or will she rise up and claim her own place as the Sun Summoner?***************************The characters and their stories were all amazing. Alina is a teenage girl, so you know her emotions were constantly creating whirlwinds that affected her decisions and her attitude…and yet I found myself going along with everything that was happening. That means not only were the characters real to me, but I truly cared for them.I would like to say that I am torn between the three men in Alina’s life. I enjoy a little romance in books, and I really like the fact that Bardugo decided to not go with a love triangle, but three love interests in the same room kind of got a little stifling for me. This was a really complicated love rectangle where each love interest could offer something different to Alina.I just didn’t know whereto turn my head, but I got the feeling that Alina’s love life really wasn’t the big focus in the story. It was certainly there and, especially in the last book, it affected a great deal of Alina’s fight, but other themes were allowed to take center stage. I think that was masterfully done. I really didn’t know what was going to happen with the love interests until the series ended. I won’t tell you the final outcome, just that I approve where Bardugo leaves each of them.I know I wasn’t going to talk about other books, but I do want to interject that I loved the way Bardugo showed light versus dark in this series. Most dystopian novels feature a metaphorical battle between good and evil, but I’ve always been fascinated with books that aren’t afraid to show a very literal and physical battle. I mean, come on, The Darkling vs. the Sun Summoner – what could get more literal than that? (That’s not a rhetorical question. Please point me towards more books that feature that.) Bardugo took a risk when she showed the bringer of Light being drawn to the bringer of Darkness. I shook my head at first, but there was realistic edge to the way that Alina found herself constantly drawn to darkness. The fact that I got to see this in her mind, her heart, and her hands at the same time was ammmmazing!The last thing I would like to bring up is that I truly didn’t know what was going to happen in the end. There were multiple bad guys, multiple love interests, multiple plans for Ravka’s salvation…Bardugo kept dangling one path in front of me and just when I reached out my hand to grasp it…the page would turn and it’d be gone. All of these things combined with the new, exotic setting created an amazing story. Alina and Nikolai stole my heart and…oops did I say Nikolai, I meant Mal…I mean Aleksander!(Anyway:) I really do like the romance.)******Beware spoilers below!!!******I find that I wouldn’t have minded terribly if Alina didn’t make it to the end. I had a fit when another well-known YA dystopian author turned her main character into a martyr (bonus points if you know the author and series I’m talking about), but I’ve grown a lot since then. It’s not that I don’t love Bardugo’s characters. I love them a little too much and I wanted what was best for them at the end. I’m super happy about who was left standing at the end of the series, but a martyr’s death would have been fine, too.***************************I’m already anxious to see what else Leigh Bardugo has planned for her characters. I hear that she is working on a sequel trilogy. In the meantime, I’m going to try to find the collection of her short stories set in Ravka. I suggest you do the same!Just promise me one thing…Give the Grisha trilogy a try if you haven’t read it yet, but please don’t compare it to Harry Potter or anything else. Trust me, you’ll like it a whole lot better that way:) . After all, can anything truly beat Harry Potter?

  • Bryn
    2018-09-26 00:46

    How have I not reviewed these lovelies yet? *shakes head at self*I’m always keen on a good story with a Slavic setting, but most tend to be tales of blood sucking vampires, and well, that just isn’t my cup o’joe. So I was overjoyed to find the Grisha trilogy, a trio of stories set in a highly imaginative spin-off of Imperial Russia. The world Bardugo has created in the Grishaverse is reminiscent of Brandon Sanderson’s worlds – fantastical but grounded in science, medicine and a well structured system of rules and epic unpredictables.Through the three stories we follow the journey of Alina Starkov, an orphan, who like the steorotypical YA heroine, awakes one day with powers she never expected to have. Ho hum. Boring? Actually … no.The focus of the Grisha trilogy isn’t about the end goal where a girl wears a crown or gets the guy or has her dreams come true and thousands of ardent followers or subjects. Alina’s story is about the seduction of power: its pull, its pleasure, its promises, the inner and outer turmoil between light and darkness and in the end – the ultimate destruction of both power and those who craved it.The voice pulling her towards darkness is fittingly named … the Darkling. The only thing besides dear Mal that kept Alina from failing completely was the fact Darkling dear was so seduced by his own darkness, he was just revolting enough to reject. While I confess I was hopeful he might be a redemptive villain early on, by book 2, I was completely off “Team Darkling.” Really fans, what do you see in that charming, lying, manipulative, goodness rejecting creep? Even his own mother said it best, “Know that I loved you; know that it was not enough.” I was quite pleased with his ending.But speaking of endings. The Grisha trilogy will always hold first place as my favorite story ending of all time. Most tales end with crowns, glitter, pomp and well, the standard “the royals lived happily ever after.” Well, there is a happily ever after. But its more simple, more nonfantastic … just more endearing.Hmm, all this calls for a second read through …

  • Asis GC
    2018-08-31 00:01

    3.5 stars***In general, I liked this trilogy.I found it really original, I liked the world Leigh Bardugo created (I imagined every one of the places here and I found them absolutely beautiful. I would love to visit Ravka.) , and also the whole concept of the Grisha. I do think it could've worked if she'd explained better and sooner Alina's powers.These books include lots of russian culture and folklore. And I adored that detail - specially those awesome names so hard to pronounce. About the characters...I really liked Mal and Alina. Even if Alina frustrated the hell out of me at times. I love romance stories with the theme of childhood friends and I don't see a lot of that in the fantasy genre.My favorite character was -by far - Nikolai. He was brilliant and there are so many plot twists around him that were so well done and I totally loved that. I would kill for a Nikolai spin-off.As for the villain... I liked that sad yet realistic touch to his story. I just have lots of conflictive feelings about him.During the trilogy, we see a huge and realistic character development. And not only that, but also an evolution of that so dysfunctional social system these people had ruling them. This was incredibly interesting and wonderful to see.I've heard many complains about the ending of the story... I just have to say, in general, I liked it, I found it fitting to the story.Although once I closed the book at the end, I didn't really feel that yearning for going back, that want for it to never end and that feeling of completing a cycle.Even though I enjoyed my time in Ravka - as well as many aspects of the trilogy - I have to admit that Bardugo's writing was just not my cup of tea. (Descriprtions more than dialogue). Both the writing and its rhytm got tedious and annoying at some points.I most probably won't reread this story, but overall I enjoyed it and I reccomend it.

  • Big
    2018-09-13 00:37

    This trilogy is a gem I discovered while browsing Amazon one day. The first five chapters of the first book, Shadow and Bone were being offered for free. All the reviews were good, which prompted me to download it. The first chapters hooked me as a few of the pivotal characters are introduced and they enter "The Fold". Believe me, you will want to know what that is. The feelings of fear, unrequited love, overwhelming exhaustion and confusion, expressed by Alina Starkov, are easily conveyed to the reader. Within an hour, I was downloading the whole Grisha Trilogy via Overdrive from my local library.The Grisha Trilogy has is all. A war, monsters, spies, an all powerful villain and a love story (or maybe two?). The author, Leigh Bardugo, creates a world that you can not only see in your mind's eye but also feel. The cold and brightness of the snow will have you drawing your sweater closer to you. Your fingers can almost stroke the richness and colors of the kafkas the Grisha proudly wear. And the treatment of the Grisha by the warring factions will leave you outraged and hoping they make it to Ravka. The plight of the protagonist, Alina Starkov will leave you breathless. I love a good book that not only will place their characters in jeopardy, but is not afraid to take that precarious step and eradicate characters we have come to know and may like. Characters who do more than exist in the periphery of the story. The antagonist, The Darkling, in spite his name, is not all darkness. Even when his actions are beyond the pale, it's hard to dislike him because we are made to understand what drives him. A few times as the story unfolds, I found myself hoping the Darkling and Alina wound up together. I thought the union would give the Darkling the balance he was lacking. I have read this trilogy several times now. It never seems to grow tiresome. I'd definitely recommend the Grisha Trilogy to one and all.

  • Shelby Cordell
    2018-09-25 20:57

    I thought this book was such a fascinating world to read about and be a part of. I loved all of the different characters and the adventure/trials each individual character had to face. There are very few books where you see each character overcome or give into their weaknesses, this is one of them! The type of magic/powers that are within in this world and are wonderfully explained. One of my biggest problems with all three of the books is how quickly everything happens at the end of each one. The last 80-100 pages are jam packed with incredible scenes and impactful ones for everyone involved. And while those scenes are fantastic, I still craved for more. The middle of all three books seemed to be full of information, that did help the form and shape the character, I just wish there was more to the action scenes because they so pivotal to the story line themselves. Overall a wonderful read and such a fun look into a new world that could easily be compared to Hogwarts and the Wizarding World. I would definitely pick this book up if desiring to delve into a new magical world.

  • Kathryn Levenson
    2018-09-11 21:38

    This trilogy is for Young Adults, but I found it very enjoyable, as a high school librarian. It combines the Russian landscapes and Russian folklore. There are normal people and then people selected and trained who have various powers. These are the Grisha. They wear specially colored robes to correspond with their powers. They may be able to summon the wind to help sail a ship, or make special medicines, etc. The heroine discovers she is a Sun Summoner, one of the rarest types of Grisha. Various powers, including one very dark power, want to gain control of her. Her sidekick is a normal young man she grew up with in an orphanage. He becomes a soldier and has a great, but not magical, knack for tracking. They set off on adventures trying to evade and conquer the darkness while finding magical talismans that will increase the power of the Sun Summoner.

  • Eriel
    2018-09-24 02:34

    Leigh Bardugo is my all time favorite author! I am currently reading the last book of this trilogy, and I must say that I haven't been disappointed yet by Ms. Bardugo. I feel in love with her work back in middle school. Now that I'm a senior in high school, the books open a new world to my mind. I've already started buying the duology. I have the second book, because my local Barnes and Noble ran out of copies. The only book left of the Grisha Verse books in that store is one finally copy of Crooked Kingdom. If you are looking for adventure, romance, and a sexy villain that will make anyone have a love-hate relationship with, I suggest reading Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Verse books ASAP!!

  • Mykayla
    2018-09-21 20:40

    Leigh Bardugo is easily one of my favorite authors. As a huge fan of her Six of Crows series, I came to the Grisha Trilogy after finishing it. And I was not disappointed. This series is incredible. Leigh Bardugo builds a beautiful world full of mystery and power. There's seduction and deception and at the heart of it doing something that is good for the world that they live in no matter the cost. There are so many beautiful details in Bardugo's work that you don't see often in YA work nowadays that breathes a fresh breath into the world that Bardugo drags you into.

  • Annie
    2018-08-31 02:39

    Le pongo cinco estrellas aquí porque estas portadas son preciosas. Por dentro son iguales que las otras, excepto porque traen al final de cada libro preguntas y respuestas de la autora. También trae un mapa grande y, si no recuerdo mal, uno de los libros lleva una de las historias que trae The Language of Thorns. Pero vamos, que son súper bonitas y que me encantan.///Me guardo esta trilogía para hacer una relectura el próximo año. No sabéis lo súper bonitas que son estas ediciones.

  • Christoph Kappel
    2018-09-12 21:35

    Like the previous books (Six of Crows) I really loved the universe and the characters. Especially their ongoing relationship and the different levels of betrayal and love.I was a bit surprised by the nature of the main antagonist and the sadness about him and the really engulfing threat he posed. So overall I really recommend this set! :)

  • Jim
    2018-09-24 22:56

    A little light but still a good read.

  • Allison
    2018-09-15 19:33

    A fantastic series! I love the universe that Bardugo has created. Witty and entertaining characters and twists for days.