Shadow And Bone

Shadow And Bone 


Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Category: Trilogy [Book 1]
Number of pages: 358

Started: 13/10/2018 – Finished 15/10/2018
Rating: ****½/5

Description (Goodreads):
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 have seen this book recommended by so many people so I finally decided to read it and I truly enjoyed it.
The story is entertaining and amusing. I got so invested in it that I read it in 2-3 days. And now I can’t wait to read the next one.
The magic, the Russian folklore and mythology, the love create a story that threw me into a journey. While I did have an issue with how the world felt a little unfinished, I very much adored the book.

The main characters ,Alina and Mal, are two orphans who grew up together in a duke’s estate until they had to leave to serve their country. Mal becomes a military tracker while Alina is a cartographer.
When they were kids they were tested by the Grisha – an order of powerful people with magical abilities – to see if they were also gifted. At that time both of them had failed the test so neither believed they would be apart of the Grisha. That is until their regiment has to cross the rift of darkness called the Unsea that separates their country in half. While in said rift they are attacked by horrible creatures that almost eat them. Just before the monsters have reached them Alina manages to , unknowingly, get rid of them with a power she didn’t know she had.
After discovering her powers the Darkling – the leader of the Grisha – orders for her to be trained as one of them in the king’s palace. From that moment on Alina is considered the most important person in the kingdom as the Darkling believes she is the key to destroying the Unsea that has caused the death of many. In her journey she not only has to learn to accept who she really is but to learn who to trust and who to not.

I really liked each characters personality. Alina is a girl thrown into a situation she doesn’t want to be in, away from the only person she considers family. At first it’s hard for her to believe she is something special as she cannot even summon her powers but later on she discovers that there is a reason for that and she deals with it (awesome character development moment btw). I have seen a lot of hate for Mal in the fandom and I do not know why. So far I quite like him but I can’t wait to see the reason he gets so much hate. The Darkling is that typical dark, brooding handsome man that I just couldn’t seem to hate even if he wasn’t the good guy.
Now…..a love triangle. I think I’ve said it enough times that I don’t enjoy them but honestly you can’t really avoid them when reading a book that has romance in it. For this one it wasn’t that big of a deal but I think it becomes something important later on soo i’m just gonna deal with it. At this point I don’t know who to choose honestly I like them both but since I accidentally spoiled myself on Tumblr I know that there is a possible third love interest so let’s see how that goes (now you’re spoiled too).
The world was full of interesting Russian folklore and random words from the language which was quite fun to read through. As for the world building though, I wasn’t too impressed. It felt kind of unfinished but I am expecting it to get better in the next book. Overall it’s not something new for a debut novel.
Something I really enjoy in a book is when it has a map in it. I just really love them. And this one is so cool in my opinion. I love the little artwork on the side.

I really enjoyed reading this book and I am so curious about what’s going to happen next. Totally recommend it to fantasy lovers and to anyone looking for something different.

Have you read the book? What do you think?

Favorite quote:
 “And there’s nothing wrong with being a lizard either. Unless you were born to be a hawk.” 

Review by:
A Traveler

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