Series: The Grisha #3
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton, Indigo
Pubilcation Date: June 17th 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Love Triangle, Magic, Romance, Young Adult
The capital has fallen.
The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
I wrote this review a couple of months ago after I finished binge reading the Grisha trilogy, but only just wanted to post it haha.
I SURVIVED, and gosh, that was one hell of a ride! I’ve finished my Grisha trilogy binge read, and although I’m still suffering from a major book hangover, I’m now back to functioning normally. Almost. You can check out my review for book one here and book two here. The second half of this review contains some spoilers, but they are safely put in spoiler tags so they aren’t visible UNLESS you’re reading this post in email format. 🙂
“You are on your knees… We are not negotiating.”
I was terrified to read this. I would read one chapter, put it down, look sideways at the book, then slowly pick it up again. This happened every 5 chapters – no joke. I didn’t want the Grisha series to come to an end, but all good things must so I braced myself for it. I WAS STRONG.
“Yuyeh sesh. Despise your heart. Ni weh sash. I have no heart.”
I was also extremely nervous because I didn’t know who would end up dying – THERE ARE ALWAYS DEATHS, and if there weren’t I wouldn’t be happy either. BUT, if a certain someone died I don’t think there would be enough chocolate in the world to comfort me (perhaps it would require a combination of savoury and sweet: pizza, burgers, chocolate, and cake). Okay, I’m getting off topic here.
“Baghra,” Nikolai said, “how are you this evening?”
“Still old and blind,” she snarled.
“And charming,” Nikolai drawled. “Never forget charming.”
“What do you want, pest?”
I’m going to start this review off by saying the same thing: THE WORLD BUILDING IS TO DIE FOR. I loved the Spinning Wheel, I was in imagination heaven during those chapters (I talk about my imagination like it’s some kind of external part of me). The humour is also so incredibly on point. Leigh Bardugo, I don’t know how you do it.
“There’s not much to do underground besides train.”
“I can think of a few more interesting ways to spend one’s time.”
“Is that supposed to be innuendo?”
“What a filthy mind you have. I was referring to puzzles and the perusal of edifying texts.”
A lot of things change in this book, and many things happen; both heart-wrenching and heart-warming. The ending is a happy ending, thank Saints (check me and my my Grisha lingo out). I do have some qualms about the ending, but not big stuff.
*** WARNING: SPOILERS INCOMING ***
I’m going to break my character ramblings down and general thoughts, so it’s easier and clearly I have a LOT to say (what’s new, right?).
I’m keeping them in spoiler tags incase there are people who haven’t read the first two books – so open at your own caution, my fellow booklings.
- The Darkling: View Spoiler »I really liked The Darkling, and I understand the pull that everyone seems to have with him. As amazing of an antagonist I thought he was, I just didn’t feel like we got enough about him – his presence was a lot less than what I was expecting. I would have loved to have more of him, and I really enjoyed the scenes with him and Alina. It’s incredible that I can still be really like a character that is so despicable. VILLAINS, man. I just love them. « Hide Spoiler
- Nikolai: View Spoiler »Oh Nikolai, you beautiful creature. For a while there, you really had me freaking out and flipping tables. He is definitely my favourite of all the love interests, he’s hilarious and intelligent – truly a special character. Alina may be immune to your charms, but I am not! And also, is anyone else secretly happy she didn’t end up with Nikolai because it means he’s still up for grabs? LE SWOOOOOON (I should get a grip). « Hide Spoiler
- Mal: View Spoiler »Mal’s character changed a lot in this one, I used to find him quite annoying and easily got on my nerves with his need to give his life in order to save Alina or whatever, but in this book it all came across really well. The way he treated her, would do anything for her, and they both cared about each other. I’ve always had a thing for best friend romances, and I think that for Alina, Mal was the perfect guy for her. She didn’t suit being a queen with Nikolai, or a powerful Grisha queen with The Darkling. ALSO, THEY HAD SEX? I was like WHUUUUUUT, HECK YES! Much excitement for me when YA gets some steam. « Hide Spoiler
- Alina: View Spoiler »Alina becomes more of the girl she was in the first book, and isn’t as ruthless as she was starting to become in the second book. I think that work well with the way this story went, and I’m happy about it. She stayed true to herself – she was never ruthless and bloodthirsty, so I didn’t really expect her to become that. I liked her as the nice girl, and yes, I know I can be such a cliché 😛 « Hide Spoiler
- All of the other characters: View Spoiler »Whilst I sometimes got confused with the other characters, I loved all of them. Even Zoya grew on me, but I’ll always have a part of me that dislikes her. What can I say, I hold grudges, and her card is marked. xD « Hide Spoiler
- My thoughts on who Alina ended up with: View Spoiler »OKAY, I’m being really diplomatic about this now, because I’m feeling like a good girl. If you’d told me whilst I was reading book 2 who Alina would end up with and how the story ends, and that I would like it, I wouldn’t have believed you. But after finishing the third book, it was a fitting ending and I think they’re great together. To be honest, it wouldn’t matter which of the 3 guys Alina ended up with; I would always feel sad for the others or question it. I think it’s because I’m so invested in all 3 of them – and that kind of snuck up on me! « Hide Spoiler
I’m pretty sure this has just ended up as me analysing love interests and relationships, and hardly talking about the plot but I NEEDED TO GET IT OUT. It’s part of my book hangover recovery process.
“He watches her the way Harshaw watches fire. Like he’ll never have enough of her. Like he’s trying to capture what he can before she’s gone.”
You know what the worst part now is? No more Grishaverse. I mean, not until Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2), but what about after that? Heh… I will survive, somehow.
All in all, this was a fantastic series and I will basically read every thing Leigh Bardugo writes because she is a goddess.
|Overall:||4.3 / 5|