I am so beyond excited to say that I have finally completed all of the Grishaverse. I have to acknowledge that this last duology was released at a time when my interest in the Grishaverse was waning a little bit and I think that might of had an impact on my reading experience. I think making myself reread the whole series was the only way that I would force myself to finally complete the King of Scars duology. Going to all the effort of reading the other five books and then not finishing it off wasn’t an option so I’m thankful I made myself do it. Had these books been released straight after the Six of Crows duology I think my overall thoughts and rating would be a lot higher however at this time in my life they were just ok. This last book in particular we are given so many answers to questions that were brought about from the original Grisha trilogy and I like the fact that everything has kind of circled back around but I also wanted something new and exciting. A lot of this book was still a lot of strategizing and not enough action, that last battle felt rushed and the way the book wrapped up wasn’t my favourite. There were definitely a few twists that I didn’t see coming and were surprising but they were just too far and few between for me. Overall this was a 2.5 to a 3 star but I think overall for the whole Grishaverse it is definitely a 4 star that I would highly recommend to any and everyone!
I finally finished my reread of King of Scars and I am a bit ambivalent to be honest. I don’t know if it’s because I am in the midst of a reading slump or this duology just isn’t my cup of tea. Nikolai has never been a favourite character of mine and being that the majority of the book surrounds him and the political plight he is having to pull Ravka out of just isn’t gelling with me. I liked that we got more of an in depth look into Zoya’s character and the reasoning behind some of her decisions from the Shadow and Bone series. The second time around I can see the rumblings of a romance between her and Nikolai that I thought was just fun banter the first time I read this and I kind of don’t want that to eventuate but we shall see. I loved Nina’s character from the Six of Crows duology and her perspective really got me through this book. I was intrigued, the stakes were high and I liked the introduction of Hanne and the surprise twist of who her father is. My rating has definitely gone down from the first time I read this book, I think I rated it a 4 but I’m more inclined to a 2.5 though I might round it up to 3 for nostalgia purposes. This was my last reread of the Grishaverse, I haven’t read Rule of Wolves before and I am so excited to see how this book wraps up this duology and the universe as a whole.
Ahh Crooked Kingdom was everything I remembered and more! Like with Six of Crows this was only the second time I read this book and a lot of the little details I didn’t remember. I forgot how intricate Kaz’s many plans were and how they all came together in the end. There were stretches of the book that I found to be a bit slower paced and quite boring but they were overshadowed by how entertaining the rest of the plot was. I liked the fact that everything didn’t go exactly to plan yet Kaz and the rest of the crew were able to come together reevaluate and still get the job done. We definitely get more of an insight into the whole crew and delved into their backstories a lot more which gave this duology a lot more depth. And the way it ended was just so satisfying and made me feel very content. It was also nice to have the little cameo from Genya, Zoya and Nikolai which definitely leads into the next duology in the Grishaverse which I am very excited to get to!
I just now finished my reread of Six of Crows and oh my goodness the nostalgia! This was only the second time I have ever read this book which was over 5 years ago now and I really enjoyed it. There was a lot of the little details that I forgot over the years so it was honestly just a joy to relive everything again. Having multiple perspectives gave the story more depth and kept me very much engaged throughout. I liked the fact that we have multiple character arcs and budding relationships going on as well. I definitely wasn’t as in love with this book as I was the first time, I didn’t have that drive behind me to finish it in one day but I think that’s to be expected from a reread. Still lived up to the hype and this is probably my favourite book in the Grishaverse so far!
This book was the ending this series deserved. Granted there were a few things I was annoyed about but overall I was left feeling very content with the ending and how everything played out. Similar to the last book it was just a lot of preparing and plotting for this inevitable last fight with the Darkling and then once we got there it was rushed in like the last 50 pages. We are definitely given a lot of answers to questions that have been circulating for the duration of the series and the Darkling and Baghra were at the forefront of most of them. I liked the way we learnt about Baghra’s history and how Allina put two and two together but still ended up being wrong. There was some nice twists that I had forgotten about for the most part but overall the pacing was just a bit off.