So, I just finished reading The Grisha Trilogy and I thought it might be cool to do an entire spoiler free overview of the series for you all.
The Grisha Trilogy follows the tale of orphan girl, Alina Starkov who develops a unique Grisha power, basically making her a beacon for hope for the war torn country of Ravka and weight which she now has to bear the burden and responsibility for.
I was first introduced to Bardugo’s writing and the Grishaverse through Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. Whilst set in the same universe the Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows can be read as entirely different stories – which is kind of awesome.
Upon reading this series I was struck once again by how amazing Bardugo’s world building is. Somehow she manages to weave power, politics, religion, language and war throughout these three books. It’s a world which is easy to become submersed in – and one I will return to again and again in the future even after reading these books.
There are also some really admirable characters. Nikolai Santov. Zoya. Baghra. Genya. It’s a just a shame some of them aren’t introduced earlier in the series – and their importance to the main character only really happens in the last book – by which time it’s pretty hard to fall in love with theme characters. Bardugo’s skill for creating well-rounded is really what makes reading her novels so enjoyable!
Most of the events in the trilogy are also based of the relationship between Alina and her childhood sweetheart – Mal. It’s a nice sentiment – but there are moments I found their love for each other to be a little unconvincing despite the fact the books pretty much revolve around this relationship and the trials it presents.
Then there is The Darkling. I’m still not sure what to make of him. Whilst h is a well-rounded villain it’s hard to understand why Alina always seems to be feeling sorry for him – after all the horrible things he does. It would have been nice to see a little more background on his character – I think. I also think he pops into the novels art several points unexpectedly so many times that by the end I was rolling my eyes and thinking (again, really?).
One thing I found REALLY INTERESTING in this trilogy was the incorporation of religion in the form of Saints. Religion seems to be something that is often missed in YA novels like these – so it was refreshing to see it included – and it shows further evidence of Bardugo’s world building skill.
Despite its faults I highly enjoyed reading this series. The world building and the characters make for an interesting – and highly enjoyable story.