Titles: Shadow and Bone, Seige and Storm, Ruin and Rising
Series: Grisha Trilogy
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Young Adult & Fantasy
Release Dates: June 5, 2012-June 4, 2013-June 17, 2014
I seriously could not read these books fast enough. I practically inhaled them in a book-induced high. This series was beyond words. I am devastated that it’s over in just 3 books but it was certainly an incredible story. The characters were inspiring and The Darkling is the type of guy that makes it hard to hate him, I actually felt sorry for him. I really like how this is not an overly romanticized story, which is odd for me since I read mostly romance, but the romance is pretty subtle and makes the depth of the love that much more realistic. The best part of the whole series is of course the main character, Alina, who is one hell of a woman. She’s perfectly imperfect and is the first to admit her flaws and mistakes, and makes for a very powerful female character. That ending though, excuse me while I wipe my tears, was perfect. Is it what readers would have expected or wanted? No! It really would have ruined the story for it to end differently and after all is said and done, the characters deserved the bittersweet ending they received. A phenomenal series from Leigh Bardugo and I can’t wait to read more from her!
Book Blurb for Shadow and Bone:
Enter the Grishaverse with Book One of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.
Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold—a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.
Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite—and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.
As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.
Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.
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Shadow and Bone: bit.ly/2WdIRW6
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Ruin and Rising: bit.ly/2RIGewB