2. The Darkling: Pretty Evil but not ALL Evil
I kind of wish we divulged more into what the Darkling really was like. I wanted to get more of his story in the… story
but we didn’t. I’m kind of upset with that because, I mean, I really liked what I saw from the glimpses. As much as I love the story of the hero defeating the villain (and trust me, I do), I love a story even more when I find myself somehow sympathizing with the villain sometimes. We as readers always moan and complain when the main characters are flat, but I think the same should be put with the villains and sometimes I just want a really dynamic villain that I find myself feel sorry for (and then kick myself because suddenly I feel bad for them!).
The Darkling had little inklings of humanity and I really enjoyed seeing the little glimpses I got even if they weren’t a huge part of his character.
3. The Romance
Oh my the romance. I didn’t really get the romance with the Darkling and I found it pretty unhealthy and abusive (esp. with the later two books). In my opinion the romance with the Darkling and Alina was a bit forced to create some kind of love triangle or tension between her and Mal. Speaking of which.
I loved Mal with Alina. It was such a pure romantic relationship. It was pretty by the books of what you kind of want with two people in love with each other except maybe impeccable communication. They loved each other to death and they were willing to fight for each other. It was really lovely watching their relationship grow from the start of the series to the end. They finally come to terms with their feelings and they kind of become a really great team. They’re not unstoppable, but with each other they’re willing to keep going.
Overall, the Grisha Chronicles sucked me in just as Six of Crows did and I now see why the series was so popular. I honestly think that Six of Crows is better than the Grisha Chronicles, but I don’t doubt that it has a lot to do with how Bardugo may have grown as a writer through the Grisha Chronicles. I’m really late to the party, but I’m here now.
Until Crooked Kingdom…