Series Review: The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo


Genre: Young-Adult, High Fantasy
Pages: 1,215
Number of Installments: 3
Publication: Henry Holt and Company

There are NO SPOILERS in this review.


The Grisha Trilogy is a series that was quite well-known by the time I hopped onto the bandwagon. And I was a sceptical because I’d heard mixed things. I almost expected the book/series to be bad. And while I can’t say that I was convinced right off that it was a great series, I did grow to like it as it got better with each book.

The nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

When Alina Starkov’s 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. Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems…

The first novel of the trilogy is good but not great. It lacks when it comes to world-building and has a lot of information dumping. It doesn’t get you that interested in the world either and that was why it took me a little while to get to the second book. The characters are okay but the book is predictable, with the antagonist being the best part.

The second book is a lot better. It introduces new characters, is better with world-building and works in getting the reader invested in the story. But it has uneven pace (the first half is great but the second half is slow).

The third is the best of the series. You really care about the characters, are anxious about the story, and the pace is good. I loved almost all the characters as well. It does a good job in concluding the series in a satisfying way, despite a few hiccups.

Now for the characters:

I had a difficult relationship with Alina. Sometimes I liked her and rooted for her, other times I found her to be very annoying. Not my favourite protagonist. Mal is a character that I liked from the start (there were a few bumps here and there, though) but in the third book, I really started to love and respect him. He really grew throughout the series. There was also another character introduced in the second book (you’ll know when you read it) who was awesome. And, of course, the Darkling, very well developed and very cool. I liked the sub characters as well.

As a whole, this is a series definitely worth reading. It introduces a great world, a interesting story and an awesome villain. I enjoyed it a lot and I recommend giving it a shot.


4 Stars


Individual Reviews:

Shadow and Bone – 3.5 Stars
Siege and Storm – 4 Stars
Ruin and Risisng – 4.25 Stars