Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo(Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository)
Release Date: 2012
Series: The Grisha #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, General, Monsters, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.
SHADOW AND BONE has easily made its way onto my self as my favorite book
of 2012, and that’s a lot of books. 150 so far
, to be precise.
This book could make unicorns cry. It’s that amazing. It also has one of the best villains I have read about: the Darkling. His character alone should be reason enough for you to pick up this book. I loved him so much that from the moment Alina was dragged to meet him for the first time I was was practically shouting, “love triangle!” Usually I don’t encourage such things but once you read this, you’ll understand. Trust me. I actually wanted the love triangle.
Bardugo creates this wonderful, unique world that, granted, takes some getting used to, will blow you away with its originality and magnificent creatures and characters. You’ll hear no complaints about the world building from me.
Perfectly balanced with romance, mystery, action, and a earth shattering plot twist, you’ll be glued to the pages. I actually started this at night, thinking I would read a few pages and next thing I know, it’s two o’clock in the morning.
Alina is an awesome heroine, she’s strong and always tries her best even knowing her best isn’t good enough. Raised as an orphan with only a fellow orphan, Mal, as her best friend, she beats the odds and never complains about it. Mal’s character got on my nerves at first, I didn’t like how blasé he seemed to consider Alina’s friendship. You’ll find out that is not the case at all!
Will I be reading the sequel?
Do you even have to ask?
Leigh Bardugo, please keep populating the realm of Young Adult novels with books this disgustingly good!