Review: The Grisha Trilogy ~ Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #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.

Siege and Storm(The Grisha #2)

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.

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3)

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.

I must admit that It will be an challenge to write so good review as this books deserve. Honestly, first I could scream like a fan girl because these books are one of the best I have ever read.

I can be ashamed it took me so long to buy and read it and it is regrettable that not even one of the Croatian publishing houses has not looked down on these pearls because books are top YA fantasy.

I find it hard to create you idea of the whole this order in an imaginary country Ravka, surrounded by enemies on all sides, and the mere threat of getting stronger inside. I'll do my best to describe how much I liked this series, not to spoil things.

In this book Grishas are as the witches other books, but here each order Grisha has its own power. There is Darkling, their boss that they all held together and the leader of the Second Army, consisting Corporalki, Etheralki and Materialki. More on all of them can be found on the author's website .

The story follows the main character, Alina and Ravka through her eyes, the way she reveals herself and what she is from birth, and her journey from an ordinary girl to something much larger than she ever thought.

Darkling, the most powerful Grisha wants Alina. Why, when she's just an ordinary girl who makes maps? Is it possible that Alina is a little more than what she wants to show to the world. Darklig knows her mind and wants her with him.

Mal has always been there, Alina and he spent the days playing together, growing up, but binds them something a lot more powerful than just a strong children's friendship? Love or something more ...?

The whole story is wrapped in mystery of a Middle Age and is located in the country like Russia, even some words are borrowed.

All three books have quite a fast pace. Shadow and Bone is phenomenal. I could not stop until I read it and then I left starving in the desire for more Grisha world. When you think you have it, it's suddenly reversed and you are screaming at the book 'No, no, no, this is not possible'. Remarkable and unexpected upheavals will totally throw you and boost you even for these books. That's why I fell behind the reviews because after every book I had to go on and read the other one, I did not have time to write opinions about books. The second part, Siege and Storm has a bit of a slower pace than Shadow and Bone but still is very interesting, and only
draws us further into the heart of Ravka and the need for its rescue. Ruin and Rising, the big finale of the first two books leavs you kneeling down, at the end you just need more,because you still covery for its heroes, and even villains. To be truthful, in the end of this series, I expected, or rather wished, in a slightly different way, but all in all I'm still very happy with what I got, and even enthusiastic.

The books has draw mountain of emotions, from sadness to joy, from apprehension and want to laugh out loud, and you know that I'm a big fan of emotion in books. Leigh is a great storyteller.

Ultimately, I would say that Grisha Trilogy is something like Game of Thrones for young. Without explicit scenes but equally bloody.

Therefore, in the end there is nothing left except to pray to God that someone translate this fabulous book because you will not remain indifferent to them. I first fell in love with this wonderful cover, and then in the story, which is really a crazy slide followed by great impression.

I can not wait Six of Crows to arrive and to return to Ravka:D