Book 9 of 2016
I can’t believe I hadn’t gotten into The Grisha Trilogy before now. It’s everything I like: Young Adult Fantasy with a strong female lead, flanked by an adoring male suitor.
The first book in the series, Shadow and Bone, introduces readers to the protagonist, orphan girl Alina. She is a self-described ‘average girl’ with a best friend named Mal. Alina and Mal have always been close, but lately she looks at him with longing; long gone is the platonic buddy she grew up with. Mal is now a handsome Tracker for the Army and the two work alongside one another.
It isn’t until Mal is seriously injured that Alina reveals a spectacular power she had been harbouring- only she didn’t know she had it in her until Mal needed her. Alina’s previously dormant power is released to save Mal’s life and in the blink of an eyes she is whisked away to royal court, leaving Mal in her wake. Alina suddenly is seen as a very powerful woman and must learn to become a Grisha, which is a group of magical elites led by an all-powerful figurehead named The Darkling.
Soon Alina gets caught up in the magical world she never dreamed she would be a part of; she is suddenly more beautiful, more respected, and more powerful than ever before. In this first story in the series, Alina gets swept up with the lust she feels for The Darkling and his motives for combat, all while slowly letting go of her old life. But a war is brewing in the surrounding world, and Alina must learn to trust her gut before it’s too late.
I thoroughly enjoyed Shadow and Bone, and recommend it to all YA Fantasy lovers. I also noticed that the series has been optioned for film, to be produced by the producer of Harry Potter. While the first film seems to be in the early stages of development, I hope it gets green-lit, as I think this series would make great movies!
Have you read The Grisha Series? Drop me a line and let me know what you think of it!