Presenting… Grishaverse!


Grishaverse is a huge fandom, consisting of the Shadow and Bone series, Six of Crows series, and the somewhat recent King of Scars and Rule of Wolves books. Shadow and Bone was recently made into a Netflix series, and it’s amazing. Here is my “humble” review of what I have experienced from Grishaverse so far.     

     The original Shadow and Bone (generally rated 12+, but I suggest 13/14+): I recommend anyone interested in the show read the books; or at least the first book since the current season is based on it. To summarize, Alina Starkov -once an orphan and now a soldier- is sent across the Shadow Fold, a wall of darkness that divides the world. She discovers that she has the power that the ruthless Darkling needs. The book trilogy adds a lot of little details that the show doesn’t include. It gives the reader insights into the story that the show doesn’t.

     Shadow and Bone on Netflix (rated PG-13 to TV-MA): In my opinion, it’s a well-executed TV adaption. The characterization and storyline are on-point. I love the choice of actors; they play the character’s part perfectly. Unlike the Shadow and Bone book, the show shows different perspectives from the different characters. The author and the showrunner wrote in the popular trio from the Six of Crows series -Jesper Fahey, Inej Ghafa, and demjin Kaz Brekker- to the show, as well as the backstory of Nina and Matthias. I like that these characters are added to the storyline. It changes a few details of the Shadow and Bone story, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless. 

     Six of Crows series (generally rated 12+, but I suggest 13/14+): I’m so obsessed with this duology. If you like criminal stories, enemies-to-lovers, and action, this book is for you. The chapters switch off to show the perspectives of the six crows -Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Nina, Matthias, and Wylan- and reveal part of their story. They face an impossible heist, with people they can’t seem to get along with. I love this book so much because of the character’s backstories, the mere plot of the story, and the wholesome moments the characters share when they tease or joke around with each other. The second book in the duology is just as enjoyable. Before reading, I recommend finishing the Shadow and Bone books (if you’re interested in it in the first place) because it includes small spoilers for its ending.