As a member of the GRISHA HONOUR GUARD, we are marking publication of Leigh Bardugo’s SHADOW & BONE in paperback, and the first publication of SIEGE & STORM, each day by celebrating the unique and incredible skills of The Grisha, the magical elite of Ravka.
The Grisha Orders
The Grisha are the magical elite of Ravka, also known as the soldiers of the Second Army. They practice the Small Science: they manipulate matter at its most fundamental levels. I like to think of it as a magical version of molecular chemistry. Status is everything to the Grisha, and the three main orders are: Corporalki (The Order of the Living and the Dead: Heartrenders and Healers), Etherealki (The Order of Summoners: Squallers, Inferni and Tidemakers) and Materialki (The Order of Fabrikators: Durasts and Alkemi).
Personally, I’m a member of the Materialki, the Order of Fabrikators. I’m a Durast and wear a uniform of purple and gray, unlike the Alkemi who wear purple and red. The Alkemi specialize in creating poisons, potions and blasting powders, while as a member of the Durast, I deal in more solid things, such as clothing, body armour known as corecloth and Grisha Steel. Together we are known as the Materilki and you will normally find us working hard in the labatories creating the latest products. Not that we get that much respect for it. But one day we will be respected…. Though I don’t think I’m alone in being a member of the Fabrikator – Leigh Bardugo, the author who brought our story to your attention would fit quite nicely into our Order.
Leigh said,'As much as I'd like to believe I'm a badass Corporalnik, I'm a Fabrikator at heart—happy to be tucked away in the quiet of my workshop, totally immersed in my own world.’
I’m not sure if I’ve given you a clear enough picture of what the Fabrikators are really like, so I think this extract from Siege and Storm will paint a better picture and provide you with a an understanding of how we work.
Some of my fellow Fabrikators have been very busy creating designs for badges for everyone out there who wishes to support the people of Grisha Honour Guard. Here are a couple of my favourite ones.
Aren’t these gorgeous? They were created by Adam F. Watkins. For his complete collection, please click here.
One of the head Fabrikators has created a stunning array of jewellery inspired by the Grisha Honour Guard. Vivi sells these items at Hebel Designs.
Materialki: Alkemi Leather Cuffs
Gorgeous Grisha Key Chains.
My personal favourite : The Sun Summoner pendant.
The designer Vivi had this to say about her designs.
‘Inspiration for the Grisha line came from reading the book and wanting to get more involved with the fantastic world Leigh created. I based the Order symbols on the crests already existing, so the Fabrikators symbol was a particular challenge because and it had many elements difficult to translate to an actual jewellery piece. Also, they [Fabrikators] produce so much. Grisha steel, keftas, props etc. We finally decided to use the "fans lifeline" and make them participants in the final design. I always propose initial designs to Leigh who has an active feedback until I get it right.”
If you would like to see more of Vivi’s designs, please click here.
If you want to know more about the Grisha Honour Guard then visit the awe inspiring Pinterest site set up to honour the publication of Siege and Storm.
Also check out Leigh Bardugo’s Pinterest boards as they are amazing.
In honour of the publication of Shadow & Bone and Siege & Storm, we are giving away an awesome prize to one winner. A signed (via bookplate) copy of both books alongside an order keyring from Hebel Design. This competition closes on the 21st June and is open to the UK and Ireland. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is leaving your email address in the comments section.
I hope you enjoyed learning about the Fabrikators. Please check out the next stop on the blog tour at Book Trust tomorrow.