So I said I would finish the Grisha trilogy and I did. Man, was it a ride. This book made me cry, I will not lie and it was interesting that I even cried for the bad guy. Don’t judge! You have to read the series to understand why. So this post is going to have spoilers, just so you know. I will have so say, this book has left me with a feeling of lose at the end, like I wasn’t really ready for it to be completely over. Don’t usually feel that way with books, but then again I don’t usually read a lot of series. I try to stick with stand alone books because series usually leave me with these feelings because I am stuck with characters for so long. SO onto my feelings with book.
I cried for the villain. Seriouly, when I read a good book, I don’t usually feel for the villain of the story. Hell, I cheered when Voldemort died in the Harry Potter books. But the Darkling is a unique antagonist because you can see and understand what sent him into his spiral to being the villain. He just wanted to not be alone. It really comes down to that. He knew when he was younger that he was alone in the world in abilities, so he became obsessed with finding someone who could be like him, who would want power like him. When he finally saw his end, all he wanted was someone to remember the ordinary kid who just wanted to be loved. It made me sad. It is understandable to feel this way. I know I have felt alone in the world before and it sucks. Many kids feel it, especially teens because they are still trying to discover who they are as a person. I love that Ms. Bardugo put an antagonist in there that teens could relate to. I feel like she uses it like a way of warning people that wrong decision because of understandable feeling can lead to some horrible outcomes. Gives teens something to think about.
Now one thing I was scared about was the death of a character. I though maybe Mal or Nickolas would be killed but surprisingly, nope. There was an actual happy ending, though a lot of people died before that ending was accomplished. I really do love how everyone ended up, especially Alina and Mal because they deserved their ending together after everything they had been through. I was worried about what was going to happen to Mal and Nickolas considering their circumstance. I was really worried that Bardugo was going to kill off Mal, but she didn’t. She pulled a Harry Potter with Mal and let him survive. If you want to understand, you’ll have to read the book to really understand why I made that connection.
So all in all, I loved the series. I love the following that Leigh Bardugo has for the series (look up characters in google images, there is a lot of really beautiful fan art out there). It has a lot of relations to different things that I love. I felt there was similarities to Avatart the last airbender because you had people who had these natural abilities to move and bend natural elements. Granted there are other abilities the Grisha have so it isn’t just air, water, and fire that can be manipulated. But like I said, just some similarities. You can see the Russian influence the Bardugo brings into the story as well. Usually fantasy worlds have a lot of Western European influence but Bardugo was able to bring in the influence from somewhere that many people don’t associate fantasy.
Well, that’s it. The series is done and I don’t have much left to say. I am sure I will think of stuff later, especially if I find someone who read the books as well. Everyone always has a different experience when they read books. They like and don’t like different things and see similarities to different things. Well, it’s on to the next book. Granted I got to clean some things in the house and such first. See you next book.
Let's enjoy the many worlds there are to enjoy, in just our own heads.