The original Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising) holds a special place in both my heart and on my shelf. It was the first YA series that I really fell in love with.
It’s not like I had never read a book before, but the Grishaverse really opened my eyes to the wonderful world of YA literature. World building, love triangles, insta-love, magic, royalty, I could literally go on and on.
Although I haven’t read Six of Crows or Crooked Kingdom yet (reading those is pending a re-read of the original trilogy which I have to make time for), I can’t recommend Leigh Bardugo’s work any more highly. She’s an amazing writer and she’s basically the reason I am even writing this blog today. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have fallen in love with YA and I never would have started this journey. So, thank you, Leigh Bardugo!
Shadow and Bone
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.
I won’t post the other synopses to avoid spoilers.