Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #1 (1/3)
Published by Henry Holt & Co. on June 5, 2012
Genres: [Young Adult] High/Epic Fantasy
4 Stars, Completed June 17, 2015
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2:52 am. That was the time I finished the book. I know for some of you avid, voracious readers reading past 2 am is nothing, but it’s been a really long time since I’ve pulled a late night because I was too absorbed in a book. Shadow and Bone was just that good. There were a few aspects I weren’t a fan of hence why it didn’t get 5 stars, but it definitely awakened the fangirl in me.
In Shadow and Bone, the nation of Ravka has been divided into two for centuries due to the creation of the Shadow Fold, a stretch of darkness that houses flesh-eating monsters making it impossible for the people of Ravka to cross it. Alina Starkov is a young, plain orphan but as she travels the Fold for the first time she discovers some dormant powers within her. Soon she’s thrown into the magical world of the Grisha elite, where she’s sent to train at the Little Palace. The Darkling, the most powerful and mysterious Grisha, takes an interest in her and claims that she can save Ravka’s people by destroying the Fold. Despite being swept up into this new lifestyle and charmed by the Darkling’s suggestive persuasions, she can’t help but remember her childhood best friend, Mal, and her previous life.