★★★★★ I don’t know why I’m surprised. ★★★★★
The Grisha Trilogy is comprised of Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising.
“The thought filled me with grief, grief for the dreams we’d shared, for the love I’d felt, for the hopeful girl I would never be again.”
Leigh Bardugo, man. I absolutely loved it. I found each book to be just as good as the other – I rated them all 4.5 stars, just not QUITE as good as the Six of Crows duology.
Steel is earned.
Having read the Six of Crows duology first, I was a little apprehensive to read the original Grisha trilogy as other bloggers have said that SoC is a better book.
I now agree with those opinions – but god damn it was still SUCH a good book (trilogy). I ship Alina with everyone, and I mean EVERYone. She’s an inspiring character and her personal growth (along with Mal’s) throughout the series is one of my favourites in a character. The Darkling as an antagonist was charming, creepy and flush-inducing all at the same time. It was hard not to like him as a character and see things from his perspective as well as wonder if his obsession with Alina is real love or just that – obsession.
This series is effortlessly quotable, this being my favourite:
Fine. Make me your villain.
Furthermore there was f/f!!! In a fantasy book!!! My dream come true!!! It may not have been between main characters but this type of representation is what we’re also fighting for – queer people simply just existing in stories. No subplot to their sexuality or “plot twist”, just simple and happy.
“The problem with wanting,” he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, “is that it makes us weak.”
Overall I know that this series will be one of my favourites of all time – I even managed to snag signed copies of the second and third book at YALC 2018!
Read on a little further for spoilery discussion and me just flat out rambling/being excited about these books!
(featured drawing by prom-knight on tumblr)