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I highly recommend you do. A lot of shadow and bone events are mentioned in six of crows and it can be confusing sometimes. Also all the grisha thing and the politics of the different nations are explained a bit better in shadow and bone. It also completes the experience of reading it chronologically, I think.
I would definitely recommend reading the Six of Crows duology before the Grisha trilogy—if you were only interested in the duology and felt you needed to read the trilogy as a stepping-stone—as the trilogy can be very off-putting, being extremely different.
Shadow and Bone is a good jumping-off point if you like that style of writing or are prepared to endure boredom, but Six of Crows does a good job of being a starting point.
Six of Crows is much more fast-paced and in my opinion, well-written than the Grisha trilogy. Some ideas and characters from Shadow and Bone are in Six of Crows, but not having a grasp of them beforehand is either solved by a bit of explaining which the duology does, or is minor enough so that it doesn’t mess around with reading. There is quite a bit of a learning curve in Six of Crows that may be better handled in Shadow and Bone, but overall I’d reccomend just going to read Six of Crows first, if that’s what you came for.
I just read Six of Crows and loved it. However, I heard that Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) has some Shadow and Bone spoilers in it. Is it worth reading the entire Shadow and Bone trilogy before continuing with Crooked Kingdom?
No, Crooked Kingdom just has some shadow and bone characters in it. You might not love them as much when they come in, but you’ll understand the story. Shadow and bone is very good, but not as amazing as Six of crows. You can go and read those after crooked kingdom to learn more about the characters. You should probably read shadow and bone before king of scars though.
Thanks for putting up the question.
Did not know about the books before reading the question.
The Shadow of Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
Is a story about –
Alina Starkov, a soldier in the kingdom of Ravka who discovers she possesses magical abilities.
On the other hand Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Is a story of-
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.
Both books can be great, but we do not know exact details, intricacies, plots thoroughly.
Hence it is suggested you follow the link
Discover them yourself.
Hope this answers your question.
Not at all! It may help with understanding a few things mentioned in the duology but other than that, it doesn’t matter. I also read Six of Crows before I read Shadow and Bone.
You could read Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy, but in general Six of Crows is good to read as a stand-alone. I read it without having read any of the other books first and enjoyed it just the same.
Also, reading The Grisha Trilogy can be a bit of a turn-off depending on what you’re looking for in the books. Whilst Six of Crows is a fast-paced, witty, well-written and original fantasy heist novel, you can tell that Shadow and Bone (the opening book of the Trilogy) was Bardugo’s first real book. It’s fairly clichéd, though there are some good twists, and quite a few of the characters are stereotypes (the loyal best friend to love interest, the dark-but-beautiful brooder, the sarcastically-charming prince) though you do grow to love them. It’s a very different book to Six of Crows, though could be very good for some readers.
Unfortunately the protagonist of the Trilogy, Alina Starkov, is a total Mary Sue. She has very little character (bar being generically sassy) and her entire personality revolves around her power. She goes on about not being beautiful until… she realised she was beautiful all along. How original. Also, she’s a Special Girl, being the most powerful Grisha in all of Ravka and the only person able to defeat the Shadow Fold. (Did I mention the Special White Hair?)
Not only this, but the love triangle (square? There’s four of them this time) is pretty weak. You know from the start who she’ll end up with, leaving you to wonder for the rest of the time why three gorgeous guys are mooning around this incredibly bland girl.
Sorry, this was a bit of a rant. To sum it up, Six of Crows doesn’t really need any background knowledge to understand. You should be good reading it straight off.
(And to all the people who disagree with me about the Grisha Trilogy: that’s fine. You’re entitled to your views. Some people like that kind of stuff. I know I do — hell, I even write SoC and Grisha fanfiction! — but though I love it, I know it has its flaws.)
I just completed reading Crooked Kingdom (from just I mean yesterday LOL) and I don’t know what exactly to say about it.
Everyone loved Crooked Kingdom, even more than Six of Crows, literally every video I watched on YouTube said that they loved the second book more than the first one.
If you don’t know about these books or forget about it (How can you forget it? Seriously!), Limited lever little bit about it. It’s a story about six people, hence, Six of crows. They all had had a bad past (from ‘bad’ I mean the worst you can imagine)though Jesper didn’t have a bad past he just took wrong decisions and ended up with them.
So, let me introduce you to all the characters, first Kaz, Kaz is always the mastermind of all the plans and he is always a hundred steps ahead of the readers and all the characters in the books.
Second, Inej, she is the most emotionally strongest and optimistic character in the book, she is the main person who executes the plan, though every plan gets complete by teamwork, she always plays the key role, no one can see her come and go, although Kaz can sense it.
Third, Nina, (you should know that I am just putting them serial wise to organise this messy first book review of mine) she is a Grisha, Grisha are people with magical powers, every Grisha has specific powers and then they are put into a certain group with people who have same powers as them. Nina is a heartrender they have the power of dealing with bodies and they can slow your heartbeat put you in a coma and can keep you warm.
Fourth, Jesper, as I told you before he didn’t have a childhood which you will say is sad. He lived in a village-ish place and then his father had sent him to a University where he lost all his money in gambling. He is a Sharpshooter and never misses a shot.
Fifth, Mathias, he is a Witch Hunter he hunts Grisha and thinks they all are unnatural. He is the one who captures Nina. He is very strong and he is the one who helped them with the map of Fjerda (his country) and in the second book rescues Jesper and a boy.
Now, last but not the least, Wylan. He is the son of a very rich merchant but for a reason comes to the barrel (the place where mostly all characters live, it’s a slum) he is so great at many things, he draws the plans and makes bombs and other deals with all the chemical things.
The first book consists of the heist they do and the second book is the emotional breakthrough of the characters.
As for me, I like the first book more (yeah, yeah I know)even after reading the first book I realised how hard their life is. I was on the verge of crying after reading the first book I think the other book just expanded all those things written in the first book but of course, we need it. Only because of the second book we realised how much of humans they were, how because of the situations, they became what they are and how because of the society people become bad.
At last, the only thing I am thinking while writing this is how because of corruption and abysmal situations people can become bad. I can’t stop but think what if they were in a good place, then how would their life be?
Now, I am ending this review with a line I heard from a Ted talk- “Some people are born with a gun and the environment makes them pull the trigger.”
I’m not trying to get views on this answer cause I know who would read this much. I wrote this because of myself. I wanted this to be stored somewhere, that what I felt when I completed reading this duology. So I am doing this for myself and I don’t think it’s going to get views also so it’s ok.
The Shadow and Bone (S&B) is based on a popular young adult fantasy novel, taking place in a country called Ravka. Ravka is basically a pre-communist revolution Russia, which has been split into two (East Ravka and West Ravka) due to a large magical wall called “the fold”.
Now, let me say that I enjoyed these 8 episodes (around 400 minutes, including credits) more than The Witcher season 1, which is saying a lot given how much of a Wither 3 fan I am.
Both the Witcher and S&B are based in Eastern Europe. S&B was written by an Israeli American woman, Leigh Bardugo and while it lacks the fatalistic/nihilistic vibe of Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy stories, the Netflix adaptation tackles hard subject like racism and bigotry throughout the series.
In light of the increased attacks on Asian American in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19, I really feel uncomfortable watching a bunch of white men mistreating a young Asian woman practically from the first 45 seconds in the first episode until the last episode.
In the book, Alina Starkov (the main female character) was mostly portrayed as a white woman, which is the standard for Ravka’s population at the time. But in the movie, she was portrayed as half Shu-Han, the Chinese kingdom to the south of Ravka.
Alina was found to be a secret Grisha with the rare ability to summon the sun, which is believed to be the cure to destroy the Fold and unites the country of Ravka once again.
fan art for Alina Starkov, which always portrayed her as a white woman with a religious saint-like background
The Netflix series uses this chance to showcase the prevalent xenophobia and hatemongering in the Ravka’s population from the start of the series until the end. This would not happen in the book, where Alina is (assumed to be) portrayed as a white female.
The Netflix series even made fun of this presumption by showing a blonde female actress playing as Alina at the festival to celebrate her ascension in social status from lowly half-blood mud to the sankta Alina (saint Alina), the saviour of Ravka.
The luxury of palace life where Alina is worshipped as the Sun Summoner contrasts with the behaviour of the peasants outside the well-defended palace, who hated her for looking different from them. It is an uncomfortable reminder for all Grishas that they either rule the country or be destroyed by their own fellow countrymen.
outside the palace, the people celebrate Saint Alina with blonde Ravkan actress playing as Alina to the masses
People of Ravka hated Grisha (Mages/Witches – the practitioners of “small science”) because they are different, feared them because they are powerful, and the Grisha survived because the Darkling, a powerful Grisha who created the fold, has been secretly protecting them for 400 years.
However, that is nothing compared to how their neighbours are behaving.
Fjerda to the north (basically Scandinavian Vikings with machine guns and witch hunters) put Grishas on trial and execute them for religious reasons.
Shu-Han to the south uses Grishas for human experiments to create their own super soldiers.
Short Rant: Shu-Han is a really badly named country by an author who probably has no idea about Chinese dynasties, Shu-Han existed around 200AD (It’s Liu Bei’s Kingdom, for Three Kingdoms fans). For this time period (1800AD-1900AD), the dynasty you want is Qing Dynasty, you know, the Manchus with funny ponytails and shaved foreheads…
Fjerdan soldiers with a submachine gun, fighting Ravkan soldiers with repeating rifles.
The biggest attraction for me is the post-Napoleonic era technology and backdrop of the world. Yes, I’m an ancient nerd, not a young adult, and I wish these series have more military action scenes. For a wartime period, the show is mostly peaceful.
In mother Russia, er I mean mother Ravka, we call this bunch of peasants the First Army.
I am sure the attraction for most of the (female?) fans are the Mal-Alina (Malina) and Darkling-Alina (Darklina) romantic relationships.
Mal (***Maliyan Oretsev.***) is this hunky boxer/tracker tough guy and puppy-love stricken boy who has been Alina’s childhood friend since the orphanage. And the series really portrayed him as a loyal and really self-sacrificing hero. Their relationship is really pure and naive and lovely to watch.
Mel was a soft and kind boy who was often bullied as a child because he looks different from other children, just like Alina. But he grew up to be a tough warrior so he can protect her. Their relationship is the major draw of the show.
From a cute boy patting a bunny to a tough fight-club boxer in the space of the first five minutes of the first episode: Maliyan Oretsev.
On the opposite side of this show is the powerful and manipulative older gentleman, the General of the Second Army, Alexander Kirigan (aka The Darkling). In the book, he was portrayed as an immortal teenager, but he was cast as older (and super sexy guy) in the Netflix series.
Make me your villain. Rawr.
I really sympathise with the Darkling. I know most Malina shippers would scream their indignation, but he’s a much older and much more powerful leader of a rapidly dying race of Grisha. Without his leadership, this would be a historical series instead of a fantasy series.
The Grishas are practitioners of “Small Science”, which is just a fancy way to say that they are Full Metal Alchemists who manipulate things at the atomic and molecular level.
Oh Al and Ed, how I miss you. You should sue the author of Shadow and Bone for copyright infringement and plagiarism.
The Netflix series is an enjoyable watch for any fantasy fan. It is (obviously) not the Game of Thrones. It is aimed at a much younger audience.
The Young Adult is defined as a category for 12–18 years old, but the TV series has made it a lot more mature than the book, with a lot of uncomfortable reference to racism, xenophobia, slavery (indentures) and child trafficking.
While the references were made explicitly but were mostly “Tell, not show” (they don’t want to lose their PG-13 rating after all). e.g. Alina’s magical make-up artist (called “Tailors”), Genya Safin, has a backstory of being sold as a sex slave to the Emperor at the age of 11; but the series just mention certain references in a few sentences. (“I was given as a child”, “a whipping girl for the Queen”, etc).
And then we have the blade master from the six of crows, Inej Ghafa, who was kidnapped at the age of 14 by slavers and sold to a brothel (menagerie) in the fantasy world’s equivalent of Amsterdam (called Ketterdam).
Genya Safin. She can put on makeup by waving her hands… Go Magic!
Inej Ghafa, the deadly assassin with a lot of sharp objects in her possession.
In the end, this is a clearly superior production than The Witcher series (which is more akin to Xena the Warrior princess than Game of Thrones). The producer spent a lot of time building the world for the audience, and it shows.
For any fantasy and history nerds out there, this is a really well-done show, for young adult Twilight fans, you now have the new version of Jacob vs Edward… the hunky childhood friend vs the cool older guy.
Pikachu, I choose you!
Watch it, enjoy it. I know I did.
Rating: 8 out of 10.
This will be problematic, especially how I didn’t just cry in the Crooked Kingdom, I felt my heart and soul breaking (and no I’m not overly dramatic), but I’ll say Crooked Kingdom *sigh*.
THERE WOULD BE SPOILERS FOR CROOKED KINGDOM! Keep reading on your responsibility!
Why? Both books are a perfect mix of action, fantasy, and romance. But even though the first book had moments of keeping me on edge of my seat, it wasn’t as near as the Crooked Kingdom did. The first book set up the plot for the second one and you think you can predict what will happen, how the will end look like. Then you start reading the Crooked Kingdom and you realize you couldn’t be more wrong.
Everything is more brutal, more unexpected, and yet more beautiful. If you thought romances were great in SOC, in CC your heart was blooming at one chapter, and on another, you felt breaking it completely. And not just on Helnik, I felt like that for all main couples. Kaz’s quote about coming for Inej even if she couldn’t walk and be Wraith anymore, making plans for saving his girl… Jesper going with Wylan and being there for him just so he could later blow up everything with Kuwai… I didn’t start reading this duology for romance. But the characterization of characters and that their romances ended up being more important to me.
Proof of that is I felt like I was Nina, I think I’ll start cry right now when I remember these feelings while reading 37 – 41 chapters. I think there’s no better way to describe how good the book was when YOU FELT YOU WERE THERE. Also parts of Kaz’s plans that reminded me of some scenes from La Casa De Papel (Money Heist), I LOVED THAT.
Everything about the Crooked Kingdom is great, I didn’t mention the ending before, but even without King of Scars duology I felt like it gave all characters quite good closure (cough Matthias and Nina cough). Still, without Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom would never be this much good to me. It can’t stand alone without SOC, just like with Rule of Wolves and King of Scars.
Navin KumarPranab PraharajAalia Iqbal Khan
Why should we read books?
Let me keep it simple.
Have you read Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill?
An average person with a reading speed of 250 WPM can finish reading this book in 6 hours.
But it took 20 years for the author to research and to finish the book.
I think you can understand now. You can almost gain the knowledge and experiences of a person who made researches for 20 years in just 6 hours.
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
I liked the cruel prince better (and I finished the entire series).
The shadow and bone series was cliche and I never read the next books in the series. I am just sick of the whole ¨chosen one¨ and the ¨special one¨ for absolutely no reason. I also think shadow and bone was pretty boring. It was just not my thing.
HOWEVER read the six of crows. It is kind of a seperate series set in the same universe as shadow and bone, and takes place few years after shadow and bone events unfold.
If you want to get into the shadow and bone universe, read six of crows, much more interesting introduction onto the world. Plus there are a lot more memorable characters that aren’t as cliche as Alina is.
Is “Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, #1)” by Leigh Bardugo worth the read?
Yes, at first I was kinda skeptical reading it, bcuz of how much hype it had and I was scared it would be overrated. But turns out it really is a good book. I gotta admit that when I read the book in the beginning it did take a bit for me to really enjoy reading it. There were lots of complicated names, words, cities… but you get used to it.
Should I read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo? Why or why not?
I would suggest you read the Shadow and Bone trilogy. I have read them and Six of Crows and I’ve really enjoyed them, because of the plot and also because of Leigh Bardugo’s really rich writing style. I’s a really great series with a chaotic fandom but it’s great.
It does take some getting used to, especially with the magic system and the world but once you understand it, it’s amazing (plus there are maps in the book)
Brandon RedlingerYawer Yousuf Bhat
Here are a few of my favorite books that changed the way I think and live. They have changed the way I look at the world and the way I react to the world.
They’re worth reading and re-reading. Enjoy!
Mastery by Robert Greene
I could have put any of Robert Greene’s books on this list, but this one was the most powerful for me.
There are proven steps you can take to achieve mastery in a discipline. Don’t accept the notion that you were either born with talent or you were. Analyze the path of greatness and you too can become great.
The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
Ryan is one of my favorite authors, and this is one of his best works. In this book, Ryan shares a modern take on the ancient philosophy of Stoicism. It will help you overcome any situation in life with endurance and resilience.
“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
― Marcus Aurelius
The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? This book gives you the tools you can use to maximize your potential.
Deep Work by Cal Newport
Have you ever been extremely busy by felt like you didn’t get any work done?
Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time.
Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney
This book goes hand-in-hand with the The Power of Habit in my opinion. It shares lessons on how to focus our strength, resist temptation, and redirect our energy.
The bottom line is that we can’t reach our goals without first learning to harness self-control.
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool
If you’ve heard of the “10,000 Hour Rule,” then you’ve heard of Anders Ericsson’s work, but you may not know the entire story.
His work has been both lauded and debated, but it’s finally time to properly examine the truth.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
What’s the difference between people with a fixed and a growth mindset. Turns out A LOT!
Success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our skills, talents and abilities.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
Achievement isn’t reserved for only talented individuals, but for those with passion and perseverance.
Grit is about what creates outstanding achievement in people. Through her own story of success, research, science, and interviews with high achievers from various fields, Angela Duckworth reveals what it takes to persevere in any situation.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Habits are at the core of everything you do. When you learn to change them, it will have a major impact on you, your life, your business and society.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
This classic is still a must read. As much as I love books like Think and Grow Rich, How to Win Friends and Influence People, and all of the other classics, I think this has the most practical applications today. Don’t get me wrong – those other most definitely do as well, but I’d start here.
In this book, you’ll discover 7 habits of personal and professional effectiveness. It will change your view of how the world works, and lead you to more success.
The Four-Hour Chef The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life by Tim Ferriss
More than half of this book is about cooking techniques and recipes, but that’s not why it’s on my list. The first 102 pages (out of 672) sets the foundation for self-improvement and accelerated learning. The remainder of the book is the practical application of those lessons through the lens of cooking.
Learning how to learn is one of the biggest advantages in life.
The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal
Insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine explain exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.
Willpower is a mind-body response, not a virtue. It is a biological function that can be improved through mindfulness, exercise, nutrition, and sleep.
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankle
Man’s Search For Meaning details holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl’s horrifying experiences in Nazi concentration camps, along with his psychological approach of logotherapy, which is also what helped him survive and shows you how you can – and must – find meaning in your life.
Personally, I’ve read the Six of Crows duology before the Grisha trilogy. The author herself said that she has written the duology in a way that won’t require any background information to understand it. I don’t usually do that and I try to follow the chronological order, however I decided to give it a try. The duology was fantastic, but there were some parts that won’t make any sense if you’re not familiar with the trilogy. Additionally, during the second book in the duology we get introduced to some of the characters from the original Grisha trilogy. You’ll be fine if you do a bit of research (for example the different grisha types, countries, politics, some of the main characters and so on). However, if you decided to read the trilogy in the future, you’ll get massive spoilers in the Six of Crows books.
I did read the Grisha trilogy later, and it wasn’t THAT bad, but was full of cliché YA tropes (aka the chosen one, love triangle, an ordinary girl who doesn’t realize that she’s special…). And additionally, there’s another book, The King of Scars, which has characters from both series, and for that one, you’ll definitely need to read all of the books. There’s also the upcoming sequel to this book too.
In conclusion, if you know that you’ll read all of her books later, definitely read them in chronological order and read the trilogy too. If you don’t really plan on reading the rest of the books and just want to read the duology, that’s fine too.
Shreyas Patel ( श्रेयस पटेल )Aditi RajeshAakanksha Saharan
What are some must read books for people in their 20s?
Books don’t change people; paragraphs do, Sometimes even sentences. – John piper
Sounds interesting isn’t it?
Here list goes:
“Some books you read. Some books you enjoy.
Should I finish reading the Mistborn trilogy before Secret History?
If you mean the original Mistborn trilogy (era 1) then yes, definitely. You must read the original trilogy before you get into Secret History.
It covers events ranging across the three books, but from a different perspective and it contains all sorts of spoilers you can imagine. Not to mention, you probably will not be able to understand anything if you aren’t familiar with all the events.
Lots of secrets.
Now if you’re talking about the Era 2 trilogy, that’s a different matter. Normally, Secret History is sorted as #7.5 in the order of the books, right after Bands of Mourning. However, the novel
Who is the Darkling in Shadow and Bone?
In Shadow and Bone, the Darkling is Aleksander Morozova. He is also known as General Kirigan, The Black Heretic, The Shadow King, Starless Saint, Staski, Leonid, Anton, Eryk. He is the one who created the Shadow Fold.
James AltucherIncDaisy DelgadoKhalid Machchate
What books should entrepreneurs read?
I’m going to be very direct. I’ve started many companies. I’ve invested in many more. Some have failed. Some have succeeded beyond anything I could have hoped for. I have learned from the best. I have been scared to death by the worst.
You don’t have to listen to me. These are books I would read again and again and again if I were going to start a business.
First piece of advice, don’t read the typical entrepreneur porn book. Books about entrepreneurship are all BS. Entrepreneurship is about fighting a war in the trenches. Bad things happen. Scary things happen. Deeply personal things happen tha
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