Well the Grisha readathon I’ve done unofficially has come to an end.

Leigh Bardugo has created something amazing with the Grisha-verse. And my word! The writing improved even more in this book. I could not put it down. It started strong and kept going for me. The characters….. I finally like all the characters. LOL This is a strange thing to say but I mentioned in my previous reviews that I had trouble liking the main characters. Issue no more! I now love all of them.

Ruin and Rising ended on a high note for me. ALSO, after reading this trilogy, a huge new perspective is given to me in relation to the Six of Crows (SoC) series. How this ends has changed my thought on what makes a ‘Grisha’…….. Due to elements that are introduced in SoC. (#nospoils) So if you’ve read one and not the other…. stop what you’re doing and read it now.

King of Scars that’s releasing in 2019 is combining characters as well. You’ll have Nikolai and his team from Grishaverse and then Nina (that we know of) from Six of Crows. To have full understanding, you’ll need to read both series anyway. (It’s not hard to do, just do it #bias)

“It’s true,” I said softly. “You are stronger, wiser, infinite in experience.” I leaned forward and whispered, my lips brushing the shell of his ear. “But I am an apt pupil.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

The dialogue in this book was also stunning. I now want all these quotes on bookmarks, or a collage of them on a framed page. Cheering for Alina became my motto and hearing witty comebacks were amazing. Yes, I still ship Mal and Alina. hahaha It’s apparently an unpopular opinion but I love them together now. However, this doesn’t mean I didn’t like the other men that were introduced.

I cried. My tears leaked in the last few scenes of this book. So be prepared and grab some tissues to bunker down with on this book. It shows a hopelessness that reverberates and hits right in the heart. The ending is excellent though. It also provides excitement for later installments, which is why King of Scars has so much hype!! I’m on that hype train. The wait will be super long until January 2019.

The Darkling is a wonderful villain. “Fine, make me your villain.” Sums up his character so well. You understand him by the end. Simply, he’s a likable, terrible, charismatic, and devastating character. Most people that have read this series end up loving him. I do too. There was no way I couldn’t. One word. Baghra <3 She made all the difference in my perception of The Darkling.

The Grisha series has been an amazing adventure. The world created by Leigh Bardugo is exciting and inviting. As a reader, I can’t wait to see more stories in this universe. #TeamGrisha

  • Overall Rating: 4 Stars
  • Plot: 4 Stars
  • Character Development: 4 Stars
  • Dialogue: 4 Stars
  • Writing: 4 Stars

At this point I’d recommend this series to anyone. If you like Young Adult or Fantasy by all means read this series. You won’t regret diving into the Grishaverse. haha

Team Etherealki~

Side note: I’ve tried really hard to make sure these don’t have spoilers. It was hard but I think we managed pretty well!


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