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.
Leigh Bardugo.. I think you are a mad genius of some kind. I honestly haven’t fell this hard into a book since the start of 2015 and I thank you for it! I didn’t want to put it down, the day I started it I read 100 pages in what seemed like the blink of an eye. It was a struggle for me not to rush reading it, which in the end didn’t work out so well for me.
I don’t have many complaints, let’s be honest I rarely ever do, but in this case I did feel Shadow and Bone lacked proper development in the world. It felt like I was a child learning how to swim and your dad just tosses you into the pool without a chance to test the water first.
Briefly touching base on the characters – Alina was mildly annoying with what seemed to be a constant stream of complaints. I wish the Darkling had more of a physical presence throughout the book as opposed to just slithering into scenes at a moment’s notice but that being said I thought he was a well written character who was as alluring and magnetic as he was described to be. Then there is Mal, my fondness for him wasn’t instantaneous but by the end I had warmed up to him quite a bit.
Looking forward to continuing this series and you can be guaranteed that I’ll be keeping an eye on Bardugo’s future books!