Title: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publish Date/Publisher: June 5,2012/Henry Holt and Co.
Format: Hardcover – Library
Genre: YA – Fantasy
Awards: Abraham Lincoln Award (2014), Prix Elbakin.net for Meilleur roman fantasy traduit Jeunesse (2013)
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.
I had been dying to dive into this series since so many people loved it, and once I saw it at the library, I snatched it up.
This series is entirely its own, so you do have to pay attention and piece things together. I got confused a lot, with all of the action going on, and sometimes I felt there was too much happening at once. I did have to read some sentences over, and over, which got on my nerves quite a bit.
I loved most of the characters in this book, but some of them made me want to throw the book down. There was never a slow moment in the plot and towards the end it sped up a lot!I enjoyed being in this world and felt like I was right there with Alina on her journey. I loved Leigh’s writing, which was intriguing
I enjoyed being in this world and felt like I was right there with Alina on her journey. I loved Leigh’s writing, which was intriguing, beautiful, and well-worded.
Three out of five stars to Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.