Series Review: The Grisha Trilogy, by Leigh Bardugo


Title: The Grisha Trolgy. 1. Shadow and Bone 2. Siege and Storm 3. Ruin and Rising

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: YA High Fantast

Published: 2012, 2013, 2014

Pages: 416, 496, 480

My Rating: 4/5, 3/5, 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to my review of the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I debated for so long on weather or not it was worth reading, especially because I heard so many mixed reviews. However I have hear nothing but amazing things about her other duology, Six of Crows, and thus I wanted to dive into the world and get used to it by reading the first trilogy before reading the second.

The first book I really enjoyed. It made me very nostalgic by reminding me of my favorite series of all time when I was a child, Licia Troisi’s Chronicles of the Emerged World. Thus I gave it 4 stars. The other two books left me unimpressed however. I gave a 3.5 instead of 3 stars to the last one just because I liked some parts of the ending (even though not all of it). In any case, these are my thoughts on the trilogy:


  • Plot: These books are most definitely plot driven. They are very fast paced, scenes only last a few pages, there is not much dialogue and a lot of action, which is why they are extremely easy to read. I would go as far as to say that they felt more like middle grade than YA, if not for some gruesome scenes. The plot was thought out even though not as well developed as others. This trilogy is not complex, and there are definitely many YA tropes used here, such as the typical love triangle, the chosen one etc. These tropes do not take anything away from the enjoyment of the story, however to me it was average.
  • Characters: I think the characters might be the strong point of the trilogy. They all undergo some kind of development, and I really like the Darkling and Nikolaj. Mal is quite average too, some of his decisions and statements left me a bit underwhelmed.
  • Writing: again, the writing is concise and to the point. It is the exact opposite of flowery writing, very minimalistic. It is very easy to read. There is not too much introspection, and it is focused on what happens, event after event, not really the effect that these events have upon characters. Again, this is not a bad thing, just something that is not for everyone.

These are my non spoilery thoughts about the Grisha trilogy. If you have read it, please leave a comment down below telling me what you thought. If you want to know more about my spoilery thoughts, read on.

Until next time,


**SPOILER-ALERT** SECTION – Do not read further if you don’t want to be spoiled.

The ending. Once again Leigh Bardugo does not take it there. Mal had to die, period. I don’t like when someone is destined to die and then they come back to life in an almost unjustified way, because that’s not what happens in real life.

In any case, even though a bit cheesy, I did like that Alina and Mal value their relationship and are serious about it. I liked they went back to the mansion and managed to live quaint lives. I also liked the end of the Darkling. He is one of the most interesting characters in the trilogy I think.

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