TITLE: Shadow and Bone
AUTHOR: Leigh Bardugo
SERIES: Grisha Trilogy
GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult
PUBLISHED: June 2017
PUBLISHER: Square Fish
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.
The problem with wanting,” he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, “is that it makes us weak.
I don’t know why this book sat on my shelf for so long before I picked it up and finally sat down to read it. Because Shadow and Bone wasgood !!
It might be because all the hype for this trilogy and SoC, and the fact that for me SoC wasn’t as good as the hype made it look like.
From the start I knew I’d get really involved in Alina’s life since this is written in first person. That alone is a huge bonus, I like books written in first person so much more. But that helped me to get really into this. Every ups and downs Alina went through, I felt them as well. And let me tell you, it was an emotional rollercoaster for sure!
Characters. I liked them all. Everyone was slightly different from one another but there are still some similarities between all of them. Every Grisha had some feel of being better than others, yet still they were different individuals.
Mal is such a sweet guy! But I still couldn’t help being a little annoyed by him. Does he ever think what’s good for him and maybe not that good for Alina? You should sometimes. I get that there’s all this history between them but still we have to think ourselves sometimes too. Also, I want to think that he’s Grisha as well, I have this feeling that there’s more to him that we are told.
Darkling, oh Darkling. I have such mixed feelings! I don’t know whether I love him or hate him. There must be more under the surface.
Alina. She annoyed me time to time. A person can’t be blaming herself from everything that much. You just can’t be everywhere all the time preventing every little thing from happening. Or even the bigger ones. But she’s growing and developing, so I have hope for her.
Story. It was good. This was hard to put down at times when you’re given some hints of things but not the whole truth and you just have to keep going to find out all of it! It might also have something to do with me being over curious about everything, no matter if it had nothing to do with me.
The pacing was rather fast which is almost always a good thing. Every scene took the time that was necessary for everything to go on but there weren’t anything that would have dragged on and on without no end.
World building was good. You get to know where you are and where that place stands in the world. But I would have wanted something more. I’m curious to know about Shu Han (however it’s written) and all the other places mentioned. But I guess there’s still time for them to come.
All in all Shadow and Bone was a fast paced attention grabber. I enjoyed my time with it and will continue to finish this trilogy, someday. 😅