Book Review: Shadow and Bone Trilogy (Spoiler-free)

Hi bookies!


I finally got around to reading the Shadow and Bone trilogy (previously known as the Grisha trilogy). It took me a while but I did it!

I have to start by thanking Melissa from The Written Adventure. We buddy read Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising. If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t have finished this trilogy when I did.

Let’s just get into my review.


Books in Series: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising
Page Count: 356, 432, 417
Pub Month/Year: June 2012, June 2013, June 2014
Form: Paperback
Plot Rating: 2/5, 1/5, 3/5
Character Rating: 2/5, 1/5, 3/5
Ease of Reading Rating: 4/5, 3/5, 4/5
Overall Rating: 2.5/5, 1.5/5, 3.5/5 (2.5/5)
Recommend To: Fans of fantasy. I haven’t read Six of Crows yet, but I do recommend reading this series before reading that. It seemed like a nice intro to the Grisha world.

Alright, so in case you haven’t realized, I wasn’t a huge fan of this trilogy. The last book made it mostly worth it, though.

This was a decent series. For being the beginning of the Grisha world, it was okay. It could have been better, but I think that it was mainly just my personal preference that didn’t like it. I know for a fact that a lot of people adore this series and I know a lot of people will enjoy it when they do read it. It just wasn’t for me really.

Unfortunately, a lot of it had to do with the fact I hated a lot of the characters. I liked two people. I didn’t care about the main relationship. I didn’t feel anything when bad things happened. Except the ending. I felt that.

I did enjoy the cliffhangers at the ends of the series. They weren’t enough that I wanted to read the next book as soon as I finished it, but they did leave me wanting a bit more.

Now, onto my issues. The first book, there wasn’t really any real reason I didn’t like it. It was just meh to me. There wasn’t anything spectacular about it, but it was written well enough and was enjoyable.

The second book, on the other hand, I did not like at all. It had hardcore second book syndrome. It was just building up for the last book. It was boring, in my opinion. It was a good addition because the buildup was necessary, but it just put me to sleep, so to speak.

The last book was the best in the series, in my opinion. It had the action I was looking for, the romance (even though I didn’t care about the couple), and a little bit of a twist (even though I pretty much saw it coming). It was a good book. Nothing too great, but better than the other two, definitely.

Now, that being said, I am looking forward to reading Six of Crows. I’m probably going to end up buddy reading it with Melissa again, of course, that’s if she wants to.

I still recommend reading this series before Six of Crows just because it gives an introduction to the world. And I believe that Six of Crows is a while after Ruin and Rising ends so it’ll be nice to know the history of the world.

I’m also looking forward to reading Language of Thorns. It’s going to be interesting, I hope.

Let me know if you’ve read this trilogy and what your thoughts about it were. If you have any spoiler thoughts, feel free to contact me on any social media and we can rant/gush about it!

P.s. Don’t worry, Nikolai was one of the two characters that I loved.

Happy Reading!


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