I know, I know, it’s only September, but I just couldn’t wait any longer to write this post.
If you read my blog, then you know that I don’t normally read too much fantasy because I just prefer YA paranormal, sci-fi and dystopians, but from time to time, I do read fantasy novels, even though I don’t always like them all.
And I certainly didn’t expect my favorite fantasy trilogy of 2014 to be – The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I initially didn’t even want to read Shadow and Bone (my review) because I thought I wouldn’t even like it, but I am so glad that I did, because I absolutely loved this book. And shortly after I’ve read the first book in this amazing trilogy, I also read the sequels: Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising, which were also fantastic.
The fantasy world that the author has imagined was so original and magical, and I just fell in love with it. The protagonists were awesome, well-crafted and well-developed. The Darkling was such a great villain and he’s probably one of my favorite book villains ever.
After I finished the last book in this trilogy, I was sad because I grew fond of everyone, but I was still satisfied with the ending.
If you haven’t read this trilogy yet, I truly recommend it to you, especially if you’re like me and don’t normally read too much fantasy. The author’s poetic writing style, the suspenseful plot and amazing protagonists will definitely win you over!
On Friday, the 19th of September, Leigh Bardugo answered many questions in a live chat on the German website Bittersweet. German fans could connect with the author (the live chat was in English though) and I was part of it too, which was a great experience, since I’ve never been part of a live chat before (and she answered one of my questions too, which was pretty awesome!).
You can read the Q&A’s here, if you’re interested (some of the questions and answers contain spoilers, so don’t read them if you haven’t read the trilogy yet).
So what’s your favorite fantasy trilogy / book / series of 2014 so far? I really plan on reading more fantasy novels, so please let me know in the comments below so I can check out your recommendations.