I read The Grisha Trilogy because I wanted to be familiar with the Grisha universe before reading the Six of Crows duology, which I plan on reading when Summer starts. I love Bardugo’s world, so I am excited to read Six of Crows.
I also loved every character except Mal and Alina. The darkling is so mysterious, and in every book something shocking is revealed about his past. I love Baghra’s grouchiness. Nikolai is smart, handsome, free-spirited and sassy. Yes, I do have a crush on him.
My favorite character is Zoya. She is such a bitch, and as a “Lit Bitch”, I love it. Despite her outward bitchiness, she stands her ground and does what she believes is right. Her actions are especially shocking because of her initial loyalty to the darkling, but when she sees that the darkling is totally whack, she dissents. It would have taken a ton of courage to leave the darkling, because she had devoted her entire life to become his favorite. Zoya should have been the heroine in these books.
The background characters were brilliant, but I didn’t really care about the main character, Alina. She’s boring, I can’t even think of anything to say about her. Her love-interest, Mal, is annoying as hell. He’s so whiny, and constantly needs attention. Alina, although boring, is trying to save the world, so Mal, please put your relationship problems on hold until after she’s dealt with the shadow fold. Alina needs Mal’s support, not his bitch-ass attitude.
My favorite book in the series was Ruin and Rising. It’s the last book in the series, so I’m not going to go into too much detail, but it was my favorite because of what we learn about Baghra’s past.
Although I was not impressed with Mal or Alina, I still recommend The Grisha Trilogy because the world is captivating, the secondary characters are engaging, and the antagonist is complex. If Zoya and Nikolai were the main characters, the trilogy would have been flawless.