“Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo

Quick Statistics

  • “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo
  • Young Adult Fantasy
  • Read as an ebook
  • 4/5 stars
  • Finished October 31, 2017

Official Synopsis

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.

My Thoughts/Summary

One of my very good friends, Amanda, really loved this series. I actually remember being at her house years ago and grabbing this book because of the cover and her talking about how much she absolutely loved this series. I couldn’t really focus at that point so I unfortunately didn’t get to it until October of this year. I was supposed to read it for the Reading Glasses Book Club that I run, but life has kind of eaten me alive this year.

When I finally sat down to read this I was somewhat disappointed. Someone mentioned this was like a Russian Harry Potter and I started to see the correlations quickly. Oh my gosh, Alina can save everyone! She’s being mentored by the more powerful wizard person, and I was kind of disappointed. However, this book gave me a twist I really wasn’t expecting and that is what kept me reading.

I know that Leigh Bardugo is someone most people REALLY enjoy in the YA world, and people can’t stop raving over “Six of Crows” but because I’m weird and feel like I really  need to read things in published order, I’ll get to it eventually. Now that the world building has been done to a decent extent, I’m settling in to enjoy the others much more.

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