This final book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy was a good and bittersweet ending with satisfying closure for the characters, but there were some parts that I just didn’t like and I didn’t get the ending that I personally had hoped for.
“You live in a single moment. I live in a thousand.”
In this third book, the Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne, and a weakened Alina is hiding and being forced to form dubious alliances to protect herself while hunting for the firebird to get her powers back. She’s also searching for Nikolai, desperately looking for confirmation that he’d survived.
I have some mixed feelings about this book. All in all, I’m content with how the entire trilogy came together at the end, but I didn’t like the turn the story took in some aspects. But on the other hand, some of the characters that I didn’t like in the other books redeemed themselves and made me unexpectedly root for them in the end. I personally would have loved for even more focus on Nikolai in this story though. He’s definitely my favorite character of them all. But on the other hand, he’ll get his very own story in the King of Scars series, so I guess I’ll just have to wait for that to get satisfaction for my Nikolai-cravings... I still don’t understand why everyone loves the Darkling though. Sorry for this unpopular opinion, but I liked him less and less for each book. To me, he was just evil and nothing he did made me feel empathy or understanding for him.
The plot was fast-paced and addictive, but it felt a bit all over the place at times, and there wasn’t really the epic finale I’d expected. Sadly, I also didn’t get the happy ending for the two characters I’d personally hoped for (not saying anything more to risk spoiling things), but it was nevertheless an interesting and well-written conclusion that wrapped up this trilogy in a satisfying way. Even though the ending wasn’t the one I’d hope for, I really feel that it completed the series so well and that Leigh Bardugo gave each character the closure they deserved.
All in all, the Shadow and Bone-trilogy was a thrilling, unique and addictive fantasy series with amazing and complex characters to root for that I highly recommend! And, if possible, I am now even more eagerly awaiting the Netflix adaptation!
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