Book Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


Title: Shadow and Bone

By: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 358

Release Date: June 5th, 2012

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

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.


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What an incredibly unique story. Although it played on familiar fantasy aspects, I've never read anything that was written with these elements. How refreshing.

Leigh Bardugo had an easy way of writing. She weaves a tale that is easy to follow, but so full of depth you are sucked into a wonderfully colorful world. The characters drive the story with their needs and wants. I love Alina and her naivety, but purity. She made loving her character so easy.

The only thing I would have wished for this book, was that it was longer, but there are more books in the series, so that is easily fixed.

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