Title: The Shadow and Bone Trilogy: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Synopsis: The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free? The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, is the leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her danger. But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?
Here are my reviews for each installment in the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, a classic in the YA fantasy world!
Shadow and Bone
Rating: 5/5 Paws
I LOVED THIS BOOK!
This is the fastest I’ve read a book in a very long time and there’s just so much satisfaction in getting through a book in one day, not because you can’t wait for it to be over but because you just couldn’t put it down.
This book was super fast-paced and full of action. Even though romance was a pretty significant part of the book, I didn’t feel like it took over the plot at all.
The characters were so well written and really multi-dimensional! There were a lot of morally gray characters. Even now, after finishing the book, I don’t know where a few of them stand and if how they portrayed themselves was real or not.
I’m rooting for Alina and Mal and I can’t wait to see what happens next!!
Siege and Storm
Rating: 4/5 Paws
This was so good!! Nikolai is one of my new favorite characters and that makes me so excited for King of Scars! The reader is exposed to many more dynamics of the Grishaverse in this second installment and I found myself loving the world that Leigh Bardugo has built even more. I normally don’t like the villains in novels but I still kinda have a thing for the Darkling??
This book was a bit slower and less action-packed than the first of the trilogy so that was a bit disappointing. I felt like the problems the characters encountered just kept going around in a circle and left me questioning if anything really changed from the end of book 1 to the end of this book. I typically find that the second book of almost every trilogy I’ve read is my least favorite so I’m hoping the third one is just as amazing as the first!!
Ruin and Rising
Rating: 4.5/5 Paws
This was a great conclusion to a fantastic trilogy! The first book was still probably my favorite of the three but I liked this one more than the second. The plot was fast-moving and interesting. There were a few twists that definitely kept things interesting!
This book has some good banter and moments of humor that kept things light as well. I loved the rag tag team that was formed in the book and getting to watch them all evolve as characters and in their relationships with each other.
Three books done and I still don’t know how I feel about the Darkling at the end of this trilogy. It’s so easy to write up a villain that everyone hates but it takes true talent to create a villain whose intentions you can understand even if you don’t agree with them.
I really enjoyed this trilogy! It’s an easy fantasy to follow along with and it was really entertaining!
Let me know in the comments below whether you’ve read any books in this series and which one was your favorite!