Where to Start | The Grishaverse

Where to Start

Are you ready to explore the Grishaverse, but not certain where to begin?
The truth is, there is more than one place to commence your journey.

Begin at the beginning

Stack of three fantasy novel books from the "Grishaverse Shadow and Bone trilogy" by Leigh Bardugo, with "Shadow and Bone" on top, displaying a dark cover with a blue, ant

If you like to read in chronological order, start with the Shadow and Bone Trilogy and meet Alina Starkov, Sun Summoner and Ravka’s only hope for salvation.

Or start with a heist

A boxed set of two books, "six of crows" and "crooked kingdom," with covers featuring stylized black feathered wings and cityscapes with architectural and fantastical elements.

You can certainly start with the Six of Crows Duology and we promise you won’t be lost. Here you join up with Kaz Brekker’s crew of thugs and thieves. This duology takes place two years after the end of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, but focuses on a new set of characters and different plots in a different country.

The adventure continues

Two books by leigh bardugo displayed side-by-side. "king of scars" has a gold shield emblem on a teal background, and "rule of wolves" features detailed white relief of wolves and trees on a beige background.

This epic duology picks up back in Ravka, one year after the end of the Six of Crows Duology. While you can start here, but we recommend reading the other books in the Grishaverse first if you want to avoid spoilers.

Afraid to commit?

Book cover for "the language of thorns" by leigh bardugo, depicting intricate blue and orange thorn designs on a black background.
An image shows the cover of the book "the lives of saints" by leigh bardugo, featuring ornate red and gold designs on top and a teal lower half with a netflix sticker.

Want to start reading, but don’t have time to commit to a full series? Try one of these beautifully illustrated collections of Grisha folktales and fables from every corner of this world. You can pick up The Language of Thorns without any knowledge of the rest of the books or The Lives of Saints if you’ve already started exploring the Grishaverse.

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