Remember when I said that I was gonna not start any new series this year and just finish ones I’ve already started? Yea, neither do I… I couldn’t resist starting this series since I have had it for such a long time and it is one everybody always raves about! So glad that I finally started this series because it is amazing so far and I hope it only gets better from here.
I literally finished this book in about 2/3 days which is unheard of from me, usually I read a book in around a week if not longer depending on what I am doing. Currently I am revising for exams so obviously that is prime time to finish a book in 3 days… right? I just couldn’t put it down. I loved reading about this world so much it was so unique! And I love the magic system of the Grisha, just wow.
So the story line of the book had me hooked. It literally grabbed me from the start. What I really liked about the plot is it was straight to the plot. There was no waiting around. First few chapters are setting the scene and giving a bit of background and history then bang plot twist happens and you’re throw into the story. The plot was so fast paced and interesting that I actually couldn’t put it down. I just flew through it. It does slow down a little bit towards the end but then picks right back up again. It mainly slowed down when they were wandering around mountains for weeks but that is understandable.
I really enjoyed most of the characters in this book, especially The Darkling. How could I not love him? He’s so sarcastic and charming and I can’t wait to read more about him. My other favourite was Genya. I thought she was a fab character, a girl who wasn’t afraid to like feminine things. We really need more of those in YA fantasy I feel. I really loved Genya’s interactions with Alina. When we first meet Alina she is the typical girl who hates how she looks and doesn’t like certain things because they are ‘girly’. Then she meets Genya and all of a sudden she is loving herself and enjoying things that she would never have done before. Genya and Alina’s friendship seemed so real and genuine to me and I loved every scene that had the two of them in. The character I didn’t really like was Mal… We didn’t get to see much of him this book but he just seems a little boring to me, hopefully that will change with the next two books but right now I just find him kinda dull. Its like in this he is just there for Alina to complain about for most of the book.
There is romance in this book too and without spoiling it all I am going to say is I don’t really get it, I just do not feel like it is real right now but maybe my opinion will change. Just thank God there was no insta-love. I don’t think I could have handled it if there was.
I only gave this book 4 stars in stead of 5 because although I loved it so much towards the end it did drop off for me I can’t really put my finger on why but it felt like something was missing. Something that as in the fist 3/4 was there at the end and I don’t know why. I will deff be picking up and finishing this series as soon as I can!
TLDR; Amazing, rich history, a unique magic system and characters that are entertaining and likeable. What is not to like?? Go read it if you haven’t already!
If you have read Shadow and Bone and loved it like I did or you didn’t talk about it in the comments! I would love to know your opinions and if I need to pick up the other books sooner rather than later! xoxox