Monday, July 9, 2012

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Book: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
# of Pages: 356 (Hardcover)
Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads Summary
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.(

My Thoughts:
Alina is an orphan who finds herself thrown into the world of the Grisha after an incident in the Shadow Fold. The Grisha are an extraordinary group of people with special powers that can be both impressive and dangerous. 

Alina is an awesome protagonist. She is strong and brave and very likable. I was very intrigued by the Darkling with his mysterious nature and charm. On the other hand, there's Mal. He is sweet and a great friend to Alina. I admit I do not know which one I like better.

Bardugo does a wonderful job of depicting the world of the Grisha. I liked learning about the different rankings and various powers of the Grisha. I am also very curious about Genya.

Shadow and Bone is an original and incredibly amazing book. I cannot recommend it enough.


  1. I feel the same. One of my absolute favorite fantasy reads this year...

  2. Everyone seems to be enjoying this book. Great review, Thanks for the boost.

  3. I hear so many great things about this book. I really can't wait to read it myself :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts.