The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.
• Shadow and Bone ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
• Siege and Storm ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
• Ruin and Rising ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
So I have finally finished binge reading the Grisha Trilogy! I am so happy I chose to binge them, I loved reading them that way.
Shadow and Bone
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
I read this book in a day! It was a brilliant first book in the trilogy, it really put down the foundations of the world and the characters. I love Genya and Baghra with all my heart, but I really hate Mal. He is so darn whiny.
Seige and Storm
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
This book is my favourite of the three, which is weird because I always thought the second book of a trilogy is supposed to be rubbish? But anyway, this book had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. The characters we’ve been introduced to in this book are some of my favourites of all time.. Nikolai, Tolya and Tamar, just to mention a few. The group dynamics of this books is great, I loved how the characters all complimented each other and worked well in a team. I really really hate Mal though, I’m sorry! He just really annoys me.
Ruin and Rising
The capital has fallen.
The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
This is a brilliant finale to the trilogy. I loved how far all the characters came. In some ways, the book broke my little heart, but in other ways it also warmed it. I just felt such a connection to the group and the ending of this book really made me emotional. Also, I actually kind of ended up liking Mal a little bit, too. Can I just say, I love Baghra so much, she’s one of my favourite characters of all time.
The trilogy overall:
I just want to mention that over the three books, the character development is out of this world. How far Alina comes, from a shy, quiet girl in Shadow and Bone to a leader in Ruin and Rising. Also how far Genya comes, that’s also something to point out.
This trilogy also holds some of my favourite characters of all time:
Just to name some. These characters will forever hold a special place in my heart, now. They are all so unique and different, but they work and compliment each other greatly.
I really don’t know how Leigh Bardugo done this, this is one of my favourite trilogies of all time now, and I think I will always come back to it and read it. I’m just in shock.
I can’t wait to read the Six of Crows duology now!
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