Since I spent most of my reading last week for reviews and ARCs, I figured I’d come up with a TBR of books that I’ve been really wanting to read for a while.
On the top of my list is Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I heard about it and as someone who hasn’t read any Grishaverse books, I can’t wait to get into this world that I’ve heard so much about. Along with that, the Shadow and Bone TV Show looks AMAZING, and I want to read the books before it comes out!
Plot: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
Add this book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10194157-shadow-and-bone
Next up, I want to continue with the Grishaverse so I’m hoping to get to Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Plot: Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her—or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
Add this book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14061955-siege-and-storm
From there, I’m going to try to finish the Shadow and Bone trilogy, ending with Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Plot: The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
Add this book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14061957-ruin-and-rising
After the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, I’d like to read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
This book has been hyped up so much on bookstagram and booktok so I’m super excited to get into it and continue with the Grishaverse books.
Plot: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
Add this book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23437156-six-of-crows?ref=nav_sb_ss_1_12
If I have time, I want to continue with the Grishaverse and get to Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Plot: Welcome to the world of the Grisha.
Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.
Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.
A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
Add this book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22299763-crooked-kingdom
Side Note: I think the Six of Crows Duology is turning into a trilogy??
Here’s the Goodreads link if anyone wants to check that out: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40228844-untitled
After the Six of Crows duology, I’d like to read King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Plot: The dashing young king, Nikolai Lantsov, has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war–and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, Nikolai must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.
Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha general, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried–and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.
Add this book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36307634-king-of-scars?ref=nav_sb_ss_1_13
And finally, if I have time then I’d like to end with Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo that came out a few days ago!
Plot: The Demon King. As Fjerda’s massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king’s gift for the impossible.
The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.
The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.
King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.
Add this book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36307674-rule-of-wolves
And that’s it! I’m hoping to get through all of these, but since they are longer books than the short stories I’ve been reading, I might not, which is perfectly fine. I’m hoping to have Shadow and Bone finished by the release date of the TV show, so fingers crossed there!