Re-Reading Time || The Grisha Trilogy

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ย ๐ŸŒŸย Hi guys, I hope you’re having an INCREDIBLE day, full of magnificent readings. Today I decided that I really want to have a relaxed talk with you about my re-reading of the extraordinary and fantastic Grisha trilogy.
My idea is to tell you a little in general lines and without spoilers, how I felt reunited with this universe after 3 years of having read it for the first time. Many things have changed about my initial thoughts on these books so I thought it would be fun to talk a little about them, I still love them with all my heart, that hasn’t changed, but I have other opinions referred to some characters and other things like the world building and the plot.
I hope that you’ll enjoy the post and then it would be fun to talk about how you feel about this trilogy if you have already read it, and if not, you can also comment on whether you’re interested in giving it a chance or not and why. I also want you to know that if you haven’t read the trilogy, don’t worry about, all this post is spoilers free, so feel free to read with confidence.
So without further ado, LET’S START!ย ๐ŸŒŸย 



When you re-read a favorite book it always feels like going back to a place you miss a lot, like going home after a long time out or something like that. It’s an experience that I enjoy a lot. I’ve heard different opinions about re-reading books and I think it’s okay if you think it’s a waste of time because the TBR pile never stops growing, but for me it’s much more than that, it’s to feel all those emotions that make you feel so happy and complete, it’s going to rediscover your favorite characters, maybe you realize things you didn’t notice in your first reading, and it’s mostly a good time, because that’s what reading is all about!. So I make this little introduction to tell you that if you want to re-read that special book and you feel bad because you have other books to read or what people can say about it, none of that really matters. DO IT! The most important thing is that you spend an incredible time with your book and nothing can compare with the feeling of reliving a story you love ย ๐Ÿ’•ย 

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ย ๐Ÿ—กย Shadow and Boneย ๐Ÿ—กย 

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โ€œThis was his soul made flesh, the truth of him laid bare in the blazing sun, shorn of mystery and shadow. This was the truth behind the handsome face and the miraculous powers, the truth that was the dead and empty space between the stars, a wasteland peopled by frightened monsters.โ€

ย ๐ŸŒŸย This first book, WOW, I didn’t remember THAT much of it, to be honest, and I LOVE IT, I don’t think it’s the best, in fact, I think it’s a fantastic introduction to the story, but it doesn’t do justice to what will be an EPIC plot in the next two books. In general, I feel that in fantasy trilogies you should always give one more chance to the following books because the first ones are usually quite simple or have a lot of world construction, so sometimes you lose a bit of that intensity that the plot actually has. But even though I think it’s the weakest book of the trilogy, I loved it, I can’t help but enjoy that reunion with my characters, which I love so much, and also read again about the world in general, because I honestly think, that the Grisha universe is one of the most complete, complex and best-developed worlds I’ve read.

ย ๐ŸŒŸย This second time reading this book made me realize how much the author has grown, especially with her writing style, which is good but I think she only gets better and better as you move forward to her most current works. I think it goes from being entertaining and light to being more dark, complex and unpredictable.

ย ๐ŸŒŸย The first half of this book feels like a dream to me, everything is perfect and everything is built perfectly in my head and then PUM, everything falls apart and I think it’s a very good balance, but I suffered a lot the second half of it. Especially since you already know how much I love the relationship between Alina and The Darkling. And although it’s the second time I read the story and I know what will happen, I can’t help but think that everything will be as I want, but NO, the author has other plans for them and that’s fine even if it makes me suffer. The scenes of Alina and The Darkling are absolutely perfect and nothing and nobody will make me change my mind. They’re my OTP

ย ๐ŸŒŸย I entered this book completely determined to give Mal a second chance, it was something that I honestly needed to do since my relationship with him is not good at all. I try to put myself much more under his skin and in his place to be able to understand his actions in a better way, and until this book, I think that I’ll achieve my goal. I don’t think he’s a bad character, not a nasty guy, but I have reservations about how his mind works. I’m glad to say that I could connect a little more this time with him. The same thing happened with Genya, with whom I had some problems in the past, but this time I really liked her character and I admire her for her intensity and for what she must do to survive.


ย ๐Ÿ—กย Siege and Stormย ๐Ÿ—กย 

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โ€œSo many men had tried to make her a queen. Now she understood that she was meant for something more. The Darkling had told her he was destined to rule. He had claimed his throne, and a part of her too. He was welcome to it. For the living and the dead, she would make herself a reckoning. She would rise.โ€

ย ๐ŸŒŸย This book was a great revelation for me, and it’s with this that I have more different opinions than when I first read it. The first time I felt that it was fine but it wasn’t anything special, but this time I was like WOW, I LOVE IT!. I love it shows much more of the universe and we know other characters with different races and beliefs. I also believe that Alina grows a lot in this book, and I really appreciate seeing her growing up to become the woman I love and admire.

๐ŸŒŸย Nikolai is finally in this book and OMG, he’s so great, always has something ingenious and smart to say and always manages to make me smile. In addition, his character greatly influences how this book develops. His relationship with Alina is extraordinary, I’ve never seen them as a romance, but rather with a connection of loyalty and friendship

๐ŸŒŸย Do you remember when I said that everything was ok with Mal?, well not anymore, this book reminded me why I can’t stand it. I think that now that Alina has a lot of responsibility on her shoulders he starts being very capricious and unbearable to draw attention doing absurd things like fighting or making dramatic outs and saying things like “You’re not the same, Alina” OMG MAL, WHY!!!. Honestly, I don’t know what he wants in this book, it’s just there, complaining about everything as if Alina didn’t have enough problems already lol. So, yeah, here we finished what we had.

๐ŸŒŸย The Darkling appears very little in this book but the intensity of his powers and his connection with Alina make his scenes the best one, he’s the most epic man in the world and every time he’s the protagonist of a scene it’s like everything I ever want it. The sexual tension in this book is real you guys. Nobody can deny me that lol

๐ŸŒŸย THAT ENDING!, the best part. I love when the endings manage to be incredible, powerful and tragic at the same time and this one really is. The intensity is real


ย ๐Ÿ—กย Ruin and Risingย ๐Ÿ—กย 

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โ€œI will strip away all that you know, all that you love until you have no shelter but mine.โ€

ย ๐ŸŒŸย This book is my undisputed favorite !! It doesn’t matter if it manages to break my heart like 1000 times and make me cry like a baby with that ending, I still love it SO MUCH. I’m always eager to find myself with endings like this one, they’re kind of open but they close a chapter in an extraordinary way. They leave you thinking about what it will be of the characters and also makes it a very special and sad moment that you couldn’t forget so easily. Set each of the characters in a place that will allow them to continue with countless stories and that is exciting.

ย ๐ŸŒŸย I may not agree 100% with that ending, but even so, I think it’s Epic and it feels absolutely real and heartbreaking. When an ending makes you feel so many things, whether you like it or not, it’s because it’s very well done. The final battle and the revelations are only the beginning of what I believe are the most moving chapters of the entire saga.

ย ๐ŸŒŸย I love the secondary characters in this book, and I can appreciate them much more than in the previous ones, and when I speak of secondary characters I speak of Bagrah, Nikolai, Tamar, Tolya, Genya, David & Zoya, which are some of those that I remember right now. All completely different characters but all form part of something unique and without them next to Alina nothing in this story would be the same

ย ๐ŸŒŸย I know it sounds super weird but as a fan of the Darkling, I think the end of this book is PERFECT. Maybe you don’t understand, and many less who have already read the book, but I feel it’s a very beautiful, heartbreaking, dark and moving ending and I feel that the way in which Alina gives a closure to their realization is absolutely magnificent, I can say that once existed an understanding and a deep connection between them despite all that darkness, you know? An epic ending for an epic man.

ย ๐ŸŒŸย I love to see all this story from Alina’s point of view, really, but I would have loved a Darkling’s pov, it would have been SO interesting to have been inside his mind just a little, right?.

ย ๐ŸŒŸย The way in which the author writes and builds her plots is great but I think her strong point is the construction of the characters, throughout all the story they feel so real, is magnificent. All with their failures, show their most human side but also with their powers and their magic show how far a person can reach to fulfill his objective and save their loved ones. A very smart book, well thought out and executed



I hope you guys enjoyed it! I love sharing my thoughts with you and now it’s your turn!ย ๐Ÿ’ซย 

Have you read this trilogy, what do you think? And if not, do you plan to read it?

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35 thoughts on “Re-Reading Time || The Grisha Trilogy

  1. Ruin and Rising is my favorite too! I’ve been wanting to reread this trilogy for a while, especially after reading KoS. I just love Ravka so much and would rather spend most of my time there. Baghra is one of my favorite character and I wish we could get to know more of her. I agree with your points, Shadow and Bone might not be the best fantasy books out there, but I think it’s one of the best series opener. It conveys information and world building without bogging down the story, it has the perfect pace and we get to know the character enough to get attached to them. Reading this review makes me want to reread this series ASAP! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I’m glad that we share a favorite!. I hope that when you re-read them you love them as much as the first time, the world is absolutely fantastic.๐Ÿ˜
      Baghra’s an incredible character, I admire her so much, honestly.
      Yes!, the first book is a great start for everything that comes after, Leigh Bardugo has a great talent ๐Ÿ’•

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  2. I’m so happy for you that you had such an amazing experience rereading this trilogy! I read Shadow and Bone a few years ago and unfortunately I just couldn’t get into it. I finished it but decided to not continue with the series ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    I don’t reread books often, and when I do it’s usually a sign they’re a favourite of mine because they mean so much to me I want to reread them!

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  3. Oh yes, I’m so happy that you enjoyed your re-read. It really is a wonderful feeling to revisit a world and characters you fell in love with a long time ago. Even though it can be scary to discover a few more faults with it on a second rereading. But if you love a book, then you love a book โค I feel exactly the same. The first book was well constructed, though slow, and I had a better time of understanding some characters, especially Mal. And it's so amazing to see how much Bardugo has grown since the beginning of this trilogy! Her writing now is so deliciously dark, complex, and detailed.

    The ending of the second book was AMAZING. A complete bang of a cliffhanger. And YAS, Nikolai is perfect and his relationship with Alina is wonderfully balanced. I actually began to see why Mal was so frustrated in the second book, though! I wasn't as mad at him this second time around. And the last book was very well done. I agree that it was a perfect ending for The Darkling; it just made so much sense. And the secondary characters really shined in the last book too!

    Lovely post! โค ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Yes, it’s a bit scary when you feel you’ll not like it that much than the first time, but luckily it wasn’t the case and I loved it even more! ๐Ÿ˜
      I love your thoughts about the second book, Nikolai is really amazing and I understand what you mean about Mal’s frustration, I hadn’t seen it that way until you mentioned it ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Oh my Darkling, such an amazing character
      And, yes! the secondary characters are great ๐Ÿ˜Š
      I’m so happy that you liked the post, it means a lot to me ๐Ÿ’•

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  4. I recently read this trilogy for the first time and I loved it. My favorite is actually the second book and the first one was my least favorite book but I did think it was a great start to the trilogy. I personally loved Mal and hated the Darkling. Everybody Iโ€™ve heard talking about this trilogy has loved the Darkling. When I went into this I was hoping that I would finally end up loving a villain but nope I love the heroโ€™s.

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