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Name: Grishaverse
Abbreviation(s): Grisha
Creator: Leigh Bardugo
Date(s): Grisha Trilogy; 2012-2014

Six of Crows Duology; 2015-2016

The Nikolai Duology Duology; 2019-
Medium: Novel
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: Grishaverse Site
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The Grishaverse consists of a number of books written by Leigh Bardugo, including The Grisha Trilogy and The Six of Crows Duology, set in the same universe. They are young adult Speculative Fiction/Fantasy novels. The world and books are notable for their intense worldbuilding, magic system, and magic users.

Leigh Bardugo, has called her blend of Eastern influence and Steampunk inspiration "Tsarpunk." [1]


The events of the Six of Crows Duology chronologically follow the events of the Grisha Trilogy.

Grishaverse Glossary needed.


The Grisha Trilogy

Six of Crows Duology

Netflix Series

In January 2019, Netflix ordered an eight-episode series based on the Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows book series.[2]


The Grisha Trilogy takes place primarily in Ravka, a fantasized Russia. Ketterdam, a fantastic Denmark, is the original setting of Six of Crows. Other fantasy countries include Fjerda, derivative of northern countries of Sweden, Norway, and Finland and Shu Han, an amalgam of a couple continental Asian cultures, but heavily inspired by China.


The Grishaverse spans a number of series and books.

The Grisha Trilogy

  • Shadow and Bone (2012)[3]
  • Siege and Storm (2013)[4]
  • Ruin and Rising (2014)[5]

Six of Crows Duology

  • Six of Crows (2015)
  • Crooked Kingdom (2016)

The Nikolai Duology

  • King of Scars (2019)
  • TBA

Short stories set in the Grishaverse:

  • The Witch of Duva (2012)
  • The Too-Clever Fox (2013)
  • Little Knife (2014)
  • The Demon in the Wood: A Darkling Prequel Story (2015)
  • Ayama and the Thorn Wood (2017)
  • The Soldier Prince (2017)
  • When Water Sang Fire (2017)


Possibly because of Leigh Bardugo's own activity on her Tumblr, the Grishaverse fandom thrives on the site.[6] There are many communities that post daily, host fanevents, and are extremely active. Fanart and fanedits are incredibly popular, and there seems to be a more active artist community than author community.

Six of Crows was notably more well-received than the Grisha Trilogy, and SoC content makes up the most of the fandom's activity. While general consensus is that the characterization and romance in the Grisha Trilogy were lacking, the Six of Crows Duology is praised for its diverse cast, explicit queer representation, descriptions of characters dealing with trauma, and plot twists. There is controversy regarding the love triangle between Alina, the Darkling, and Mal, over their individual characterization, and generally over whether the Grisha Trilogy is worth reading.

Six of Crows has been featured on Fandometrics multiple times, and was on the 2018,[7] 2017,[8] and 2016 Top Books lists. In 2018 both books in the duology made it to the top of the list - the only series to be listed by individual book rather than as a series, making Leigh Bardugo the only author listed twice.


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Leigh Bardugo's books have been the subject of Readalongs and Challenges on Booktube.

Author Support of Fandom

Leigh Bardugo is on Tumblr, and she often reblogs fanart of her characters, fanedits, and fanmixes. She also has a pinterest board where she posts inspiration, fanart, and canon artwork from the novels.[9] She has attended many conventions, and has been a regular guest at the NYC BookCon since 2017.[10]

Archives and Communities

Notable Fanworks

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  1. ^ "Tsarpunk" on Bardugo's site
  2. ^ "Netflix Orders Shadow And Bone Series Based On Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse Novels From Eric Heisserer & Shawn Levy".
  3. ^ Shadow and Bone on Bardugo's Site
  4. ^ Siege and Storm on Bardugo's Site
  5. ^ Ruin and Rising on Bardugo's Site
  6. ^ lbardugo Leigh Bardugo's Tumblr
  7. ^ [1][2018 Top Books]
  8. ^ [2][2017 Top Books]
  9. ^ LBardugo Leigh Bardugo's Pinterest Board
  10. ^ Bardugo's Bio BookCon site