This is the review of chapter one of the last book in the Grisha Trilogy. The actual review of the whole book is also above.
This first chapter, while great, says little of how amazing this last installment in Mal and Alina's story really is. I fell in love with this fantastic world, these truthful and strong characters and Bardugo's delightful writing style. Downloading this (free) firstchapter was easy and it payed of, but I would say: go straight to the actual book, it is well worth it!
This is the review for the whole book:
I was a little worried when I first read the reviews for this much anticipated book. Some people gave it two stars, saying that it wasn't a fantasy-worth ending. So I was expecting the worse to happen to Alina and Mal, who are two of my favorite characters in a long time. And I was, mostly, worried to be disappointed at a Trilogy that has fulfilled my every expectation so far.
I am happy to say that none of my worries has come true. As it is expected, Mal and Alina go through many (often horrible) ordeals. But what got to me were their solutions for them. Always hopeful, always generous, always cohesive, and always, always heroic. She is no saint, he is no knight in a shining armor, but they are true and strong characters, and truthfully worth of being main characters. They are compassionate yet utterly human. They aren't morose, but truly deep and complex.
And that goes for all the other characters as well. Even the smallest characters are presented as a whole person - instead of just a line or an action lost in context - and are explained in a way that you don't feel Bardugo is explaining them to you. There is a smooth understanding throughout the story and things fall into place naturally, even when you are surprised by some twist in it. Further more, there was a fine line, sometimes, between the villains and the heroes, and that resonates very truthfully with I believe life to be.
I love Bardugo's style, rhythm and pace. I was absolutely satisfied by this last installment in the trilogy and would recommend it to any fan of Fantasy, no matter what age.