The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

hornetsNovel Facts:


(Taken from back of book) In the concluding volume of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy, Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition in a Swedish hospital, a bullet in her head.

But she’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll stand trial for three murders. With the help of Mikael Blomkvist, she’ll need to identify those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she’ll seek revenge- against the man who tried to kill her and against the corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life.

Review on the Characters:

Lisbeth Salander- Lisbeth Salander lives up to every expectation (and more) in the final installment of the Millenium series. My only complaint is that I wish we could have seen more of her in this novel but I understood that to wrap up the mystery Larsson needed to introduce a whole slew of characters, eating up Salander time. I have stressed how much I admire this character in my previous two reviews and all I can do emphasize it again, Lisbeth Salander IS the driving force of this series. She is utterly unsympathetic yet believes in the highest morals. Even if you don’t like mysteries, Sweden, or reading the word IKEA a million times- READ THIS SERIES, Lisbeth is worth it.

Mikael Blomkvist- Kalle Blomkvist. I believe I was too harsh on this character in my last review. Larsson writes his ‘practical pig’ syndrome in a way that is more endearing than annoying. Also you just can’t help but like the guy who would go against the Secret Police out of loyalty for a friend. He did good.

Peter Teleborian- Out of all the bad guys in this series I hated him the most. (And thats saying something). Out of Zala, Neidermann, Martin Vanger and all the others, Teleborian was the scariest because his twisted nature was hidden behind a P.H.D. I was glad that justice won in the end, especially in the way that it did; that court scene between Gianni and Teleborian was more than satisfying. (Although I would have loved to see Salander dispense her own brand of justice).

  • There were many, many, many characters in this novel and to go into detail on all of them would make a very tedious book review (and no one likes those), so if there was a character that you wish for me to delve into please let me know and I would more than gladly do so.

Review of the Story:

In just the first few chapters I was captivated because of the twists and turns. Larsson surprised me again and again (until I started peeking). It was a satisfactory ending to a great series, no loose strings left hanging. As I reached the end I truly grieved the loss of this author, his storytelling and character creating have made a mark in the world of novels.

Review on the Writing:

Sadly again, Larsson struggled. Despite the fast pace set by a great story I had trouble finishing this novel because of his sluggish writing. He continues to add unnessary trivial to the novel, leaving the reader wondering at the importance. I mean, really, all these characters eat are sandwiches (and we don’t even know what kind). Larsson’s editor failed him again.


The hype around this series is deserved and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest lives up to the previous two novels. I urge everyone with the ability to read (that means all of you reading this review) to pick up this series. Not only will you read about one of the most unique characters in the novel universe, but you will also learn the ugly truth of violence against women.


Overall Rating:


P. S. – My next read is The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (stay tuned)!

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11 thoughts on “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

  1. I agree with you about the trivialness (yes this a word of my own invention) of the story. I tried reading this series but the first page killed me but I will try again in the name of your awesome review 🙂

    • Yes please do! I understand about the first novel because Salander is barely in it but try to make it at least til you get to her part I promise the trivial will be (almost) worth it!

  2. This series is one of the top 5 books I’ve read. I have to include the whole series and not just one particular book. I absolutely love Lisbeth! It’s so bad that we wont get to read anything more from this author.

  3. This is an awesome blog you have here! I have read the first book in this trilogy, but not the other two yet. It’s good to know that it’s going to be worth reading, though! 🙂

  4. I agree with you on the rating. Lisbeth is worth the entire wait through the book. I will say that Larsson should have taken out some of the meticulousness in the text. He wrote a great novel, but it seems like he wanted to focus more on the small details than the over the story that he ended up telling.

  5. I just finished reading this and am pondering what to say in my review. I think you’ve summed it up well here! There’s something vaguely addictive about this novel even though the pace drags it down a bit.

    • Yeah, there was just a certain element that compels you to read despite the unnecessary jargon. I think it’s his character writing, he writes wonderfully real characters. Looking forward to your review! (And I’ve read your reviews, I’m sure you will do a great job)!

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