Saturday, June 21, 2014

Book Review – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha Trilogy
Published: June 5, 2012


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.


Another fabulous fantasy series. If you liked Graceling by Kristin Cashore or Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, this series is for you. The characters were interesting, the setting was exotic, and the storyline was something completely new and interesting. Grisha, the wielders of magic, are little more than servants to the people of Ravka and are hunted and killed in other countries in Bardugo's world. Secrets are plentiful, trust is in short supply, and unexpected twists trump all. One thing is for sure, the choice between darkness and light is not always a clear one.


"There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast." – Charles Dickens

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