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Shadow and Bone

In YA Book Reviews on August 28, 2013 at 11:00 pm

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 by Leigh Bardugo

Fantasy/ @2012/ 356 pages/ First book in a trilogy*

Publisher’s Blurb:

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.

My Thoughts:

This was a good read. It has an unlikely heroine, a villain you love to hate (or rather hate to love, but you just can’t help yourself), and dark forces to combat. It has magical mayhem, a romantic triangle, political intrigue and deceptions, all taking place in a unique setting – a magical country with Grisha, Darklings, and Shadow Folds.  The story is engaging with its fast paced action, plot twist, and some truly interesting characters. The author’s writing style is a pleasure to read – masterfully descriptive. I also appreciated how the author wrapped up the ending, with just enough closure that you could stop here if you wanted to.  Of course, how you could not want to continue to read on to see what happens next is beyond me!

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

If you liked this, you may also like Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

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