REVIEW: The Shadow and Bone trilogy: a magical page turner

Leigh Bardugo’s fantasy series will leave you wanting more.

One of my favorite things about summer is all of the books I get to read. The Shadow and Bone trilogy was one of my top book series I read over these last few months. The story that spans three books is beautifully told and always leaves the reader wanting more.  

The Grisha universe created by Leigh Bardugo is built well so the reader can imagine every little detail. This was something I paid attention to as the concept of Grisha, the magical beings in this universe, is something that hasn’t been used very often in this way. The Grisha and humans are rather divided after years of battle, even with the new arrangement between the king and the Darkling.  

As the divide between the Grisha grows more and more, the main character, Alina Starkov, has to find the three amplifiers in an effort to bring peace to her country. Bardugo uses this concept of a life altering journey to further show Alina’s growth and character development from the first page to the last.  

The trilogy also uncovers dark secrets about the Darkling and his past, and the kingdom itself. This page turner leaves the reader on the edge of their seat wondering what is going to happen next. It also makes the reader think and try to figure out the secrets and answers to the mysteries that are in the book.  

This magical and enthralling series has also been adapted into a show on Netflix. At first that might seem less than exciting, as many adaptations fall short. However, I found that the adaptation was done well. It followed the storyline and paid attention to many of the small details that strengthen the story.   

If you have some free time or are looking for your next read, this series is the perfect one for those who love fantasy and entrancing action.