Review: The Grisha Trilogy

Posted December 20, 2014 in 5 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!


The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Where did I get it?

I found all three of these books on BookOutlet I believe. At some point in time.

About (Book 1)

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.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.


These covers are all gorgeous. They all have to do with the story too which I love! No typical guy/girl covers here!

Initial Thoughts

I read Shadow & Bone a LONG time ago. I had almost forgotten about it until the third book came out and it became really popular. I was lucky enough to get to experience the first book all over again and then read right through until the series ended.

My New BFF

I really do like Alina, the main character. She’s smart and brave and doesn’t let anyone make her decisions for her. That makes her a perfect female heroine in my eyes. She’s also great at knowing what she needs to sacrifice in order to get the job done. She realizes that her life won’t ever be perfect and she accepts that and moves on. I also love how she’s never even a little bit tempted with the dark side. She’s always asking questions and still knows what side she has to be on.

My Crush

In the first book, I love the Darkling. I love him in all the books actually but my crush turns into the pirate captain we see in the second book. ( I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t give names!) The Darkling is an easy character to love even though he’s quite clearly the bad guy. I love him anyways. He’s a great villain while still being human. You understand his point of view even though you don’t side with him. I wish she had chosen my other crush over Mal though. I didn’t like him at all. He gave up too easily and whined a lot.

Writing Style

This is an easy series to read. There’s lots of action and puzzles to work out so you’re never bored. It can be predictable at times but I still enjoyed reading every little part of it!

Closing Thoughts

This was an incredible series from start to finish. There’s nothing wrong with it except hating a few characters. I found it kept interested even when there wasn’t any action. I was always thinking ahead to what certain things could mean. It’s set in a very interesting world that I’ve never seen anything like before. All three book were extremely entertaining to read and very unpredictable at times. If you’re interested in fantasy series, this is the one for you!


“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.”

 5 out of 5 stars


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