Hi everyone. I hope that you are all having a good day. I am quite pleased with myself at the moment. It is only the second day of the year, and I already have a book under my belt. To be fair, I started it before the year began, but still, it took me less than a week to read.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that Shadow and Bone was going to be a new favourite either. I practically devoured it. I’m glad too, because it’s been on my TBR for almost a year, thanks to Bookstagram.
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication Date: 2012
Length: 356 Pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.06
My Rating: 5/5
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 am a sucker for prologues. They usually draw me in, and are often among my favourite parts of books. Shadow and Bone was no exception.
I was hooked from the first few pages. I was immediately swept up in the world that Bardugo created. The characters are instantly relateable, and the magic, or I should say, “small science” interesting. The history major in me also loved the Imperial Russian feel that the world has.
I was swept up into the Grisha world right with Alina, and found myself wondering which colour of kefta I would wear.
In addition to being imaginative, Bardugo is also an excellent writer. The pace was just right, there were no awkward moments or dull stretches. Alina is also a worthy protagonist and narrator, and I love her power. Parts of the dialogue also made me chuckle out loud.
I am also intrigued by the Darkling. I don’t want to give any of the plot twists away. So, I will just say that perhaps my one issue is that we are not given as much insight into his character or motives as I would like. Although that is also part of the mystery.
Another thing I enjoyed about this book is that all of the plot twists and character decisions were believable. Nothing seemed forced or far fetched.
In sum, I give Shadow and Bone 5/5 stars and I would definitely recommend it. Especially if you enjoy fast-paced fantasy, with intriguing world-building, plenty of twists, and a dash of romance.
I hope this review was helpful. If you’ve read it, what did you think?
I wouldn’t normally post a photo of myself, but my face describes how I feel about the book. Haha. 🙂
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