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I just realized Leigh Bardugo is a woman! I really thought Leigh was a male name (also thought it was Irish), but looked in the back of the book and there was a picture of her. I've never read anything from her and so far I really like her writing. I did notice a lot of strong female characters, and was quite happy about it. Now I just hope this doesn't change as I get further into the book.

Please no spoilers on the Grisha Universe! I'm only like a fifth into this book. I'm quite happy to find out she's a woman and wanted to tell someone ☺️

(Please don't judge me for my apparent lack of name knowledge 🙈)

I just realized Leigh Bardugo is a woman! I really thought Leigh was a male name (also thought it was Irish), but looked in the back of the book and there was a picture of her. I've never read anything from her and so far I really like her writing. I did notice a lot of strong female characters, and was quite happy about it. Now I just hope this doesn't change as I get further into the book. Please no spoilers on the Grisha Universe! I'm only like a fifth into this book. I'm quite happy to find out she's a woman and wanted to tell someone ☺️ (Please don't judge me for my apparent lack of name knowledge 🙈)

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In the King of Scars duology, Bardugo transes a gender nonconforming lesbian. I'm not sure if I should have that hidden as a spoiler, but I know I wouldn't have read the books had I known that beforehand.

Of course she does 😑 I'm reading the duology, but I'm not so far and don't know which character it might be. Well, I'll see if I can ignore it... Thanks for the warning.

I am sorry, but I feel it is my responsibility to tell you that Leigh Bardugo is a TRA ally.

She tweeted something to that effect, as I (faintly) recall. I planned to call her out on having a prison with prisoners separated according to sex in her universe, and asking her why she does that (thus forcing her to acknowledge that men rape women and even the evillest of evil cultures in her universe thinks that's too cruel ), but I somehow never got around to it.

If she had changed sides, I am sure we would know.

Well, that's a pity... So far I've not seen anything TRA in her writing though. I don't know if I can read the blocked out part of your comment, 'cause I'm not sure of it's a Grisha Verse spoiler ><

[–] VestalVirgin 1 points Edited

Only a mild spoiler about an institution that usually separates the sexes appearing in the novels. I didn't write what plot happens there, other than that it exists.

Ah, thanks! Apparently I need detailed spoiler alerts ><

It seems like a good point :) I'll see what it's all about when I get there.

While it annoys me that she's a TRA, I haven't encountered it in the book so far, so I will keep enjoying the read. Can't expect perferct authors (Rowling being an exception).

King of Scars duology? Which is that? I read Six of Crows and the book after that several years ago. Pretty sure I liked those two though. Oh, a funny thing is that "Grisha" is actually a name. It's the short form of the Russian name Grigoriy. In other words, it's akin to "Greg."

Well, I read the German translation, which is called King of Scars - Thron aus Gold und Asche (throne of gold and ash). But I don't know if the title has been changed or of it's translated directly.

Hehe, the Greg Universe doesn't have the same ring to it x)

I’ve read a couple of her books and as she writes series I will read more because I like completion but I’m not mad about her. I don’t see her female characters as strong but more like what a patriarchy values as strong - aggression and violence and prostitution as empowering. They’re basically women aping men and I don’t see that as progressive because the message is ‘being more like men is good’.

This is my impression as well. SPOILER! Don’t click, OP! And I’m not sure if I love that Alina loses her powers in the end. I haven’t read beyond the first book but that’s what I’ve heard happens. Seems to me they always make the “strong female characters” give up their strength.

[–] VestalVirgin 1 points Edited

I was on the fence about her prostituted character, because it could be read as criticism, but after she tweeted against Rowling (I think she did, in any case I know she's a TRA handmaiden, just not sure anymore what exactly she tweeted) I ... do think she is male identified in the sense of the word actual feminism uses it - a handmaiden who identifies with her oppressors and will do everything to defend them against feminism.

I have no problem with fictional women being aggressive and violent, because to be fair, we MUST be violent to defend ourselves against men. It is too long ago that I read the books for me to remember if the women felt ...inauthentic. (There is a difference between a woman being as violent as she has to be to survive, and a woman aping men, I feel.)

Read Shadow and Bone last year in honor of the netflix series. Couldn't manage to finish it through to the end given how insanely plot-driven the whole thing was (Alina has like zero agency and if she has anything resembling a proper character arc, it's executed terribly).

Just finished reading Six of Crows this month. Way better than Shadow and Bone, but doesn't quite live up to the hype. Towards the end, everything started falling apart in my opinion. Not sure if I'll read Crooked Kingdom. Also Kaz and Inej were definitely inspired by Kelsier and Vin from the Mistborn trilogy and that is something no one can convince me otherwise!

[–] snapdragons 2 points Edited

I looove Leigh Bardugo! After you finish the Grishaverse books, I highly recommend you check out Ninth House by her.

Ooh :D I will ☺️ I don't know how many books are in the Grisha Verse, though. I just took a random, good-looking fantasy book in a German bookstore. Now it looks like I will have to look it up. A friend of mine says I have started in tge middle of it all, or that this is not the main part of the series or some such thing. Idk... It's King of Scars. In the back is also recommended another series (I assume) called Das Lied der Krähen. The song of crows. I think I will also add that to my list ☺️

Now I just hope this doesn't change as I get further into the book.

It doesn't, in my opinion it gets even better throughout the series (I'm currently at King Of Scars). I might be biased though because she wrote one of my personal favourite female characters in YA.

Seing as books are all about taste, I think it's okay to be biased :b I'm also reading King of Scars :D it's where I started, which might not be the right place to start the series 🤷 But it works for me so far.

Oh, this is the author of the books the Shadow and Bone Netflix series is based on. I haven't read the books, but I found the show rather amusing. Everyone is so so so competent except the lead character, who is clearly who you're supposed to want to be. Definitely YA, but, as someone who hasn't been YA in decades, I can't really judge how well done it is. There are a lot of interesting characters that are fun to watch, even when they're not played by Zoë Wanamaker.