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I started off the year reading Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels. After seeing that a Netflix series based on the books was being released, and I became interested. I knew that I hadn’t read them yet, but when YA books are turned into movies or Netflix series, I am always intrigued.
I began searching my library shelves to see if I owned any of the books. I actually found that I owned two of the books already (Shadow and Bone and Crooked Kingdom), so I knew I had to quickly purchase the other five. I started reading Shadow and Bone, finishing it within a day, and moved on to the second book I owned, which was NOT in order of the series--Crooked Kingdom. Spoiler alert! For this series, it’s much better to read the books in order, since it’s hard to follow the characters and chronology if you read them out of order.
The Grishaverse, which is the world Bardugo creates in the series, came to life in these books. With strong worldbuilding, readers are able to step into the world of magic and science and superstition—and fall in love with the characters and story taking place there. A helpful map can be found in the peritext of each book, and this helps readers to follow the journeys of main character, Alina Starkov, as well as her friends (and enemies).
In the third part of the series, Bardugo takes us yet to another part of the Grishaverse to Fjerda and the characters must confront extremism, superstitions, and a possible genocide. This stunning conclusion to the series is amazing.