Top positive review
Skeptical at first; thoroughly proven wrong!
Reviewed in India on 13 October 2020
This series has been such a pleasant surprise. I've been curious about the Grishaverse and had read a sample chapter of Six of Crows, I knew SoC was right up my alley but I wanted to read all the books chronologically (it's a problem; I'm working on it). I was skeptical about Shadow and Bone since it's marketed as YA and I'm more of an adult fantasy reader. I was NOT disappointed.
Shadow and Bone features all the standard tropes of bad YA: it's got a supposedly plain-Jane-but-super-powerful gullible protagonist, a ridiculously well-written villain, and a convenient love triangle to boot. Despite all this, the story WORKED. And I am so glad I kept reading to Book 2, because that's when things get INSANELY good. Book 3 is spectacular in this regard as well. I devoured these books over 4 very manic days, and I don't regret it one bit. Definitely consider buying this trilogy if you're looking for a dark yet entertaining foray into younger-themed fantasy. The box set is nice for a collector's item, but the box itself arrived slightly damaged in my case -- fortunately the books within were perfectly intact.
A note about the books received in this version - definitely consider investing in this boxed set because each of the books has a little bonus story/POV chapter. It's also got a few pages of author interviews and discussion questions (which I didn't find very helpful since the discussion points seemed a little like school assignments). But the bonus chapter/snippet at the end of each book was amazing and really appreciated. The covers are also really pretty, worthy of collectors items except for the ugly (permanent) Netflix stickers that are always seen on these soon-to-be Netflix series books. I must really commend the book art designer though as these covers were stunning aside from the Netflix promotion!