Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life―a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.
I am giving Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 5/5 stars.
Honestly, if I could hug Leigh Bardugo I would, because Shadow and Bone got me out of the reading slump I’ve been in since I went on vacation at the end of December. Shadow and Bone is exactly what I needed, a new magical series full of adventure, romantic feelings, unsureness, and characters to fall in love with and to hate.
When Shadow and Bone started, I was a bit worried that it was going to be this slow novel that didn’t pick up until the end, but I was happy to find out that wasn’t the case. I personally felt that the first bit of Shadow and Bone was a completely different story than the end. Despite feeling that way, it truly worked for the story, which honestly wouldn’t work often.
My favorite part of Shadow and Bone would have to be the development of Alina. Here you have this girl at the start who isn’t sure of herself and seemed weak, but as the story went on she becomes more confident not only in herself, but also her power. That being said, she still has room to grow into herself and I’m excited to see how she develops through the rest of the Grisha Trilogy.
About the Author:
Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of Six of Crows and the Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising). She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.