Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Warnings: Some mature themes
Summary: 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’d been hearing a lot of hype surrounding this book for a really long time, and it was just a matter of when I was going to give in and buy it. Thankfully, I bought it off bookoutlet and though it took me some time to get to it…it was totally worth it.
This book follows Alina Starkov, a girl by any means ordinary, who lives in the war-stricken country of Ravka, which is divided into two by a slice of darkness where feral creatures lurk called the Shadow Fold.
Alina is then trained to become a Grisha, and she soon discovers that not everything is what it seems.
This was fantastic. The world-building was excellent, the characters were great, and the plot was amazing. But for the first half of the book, we trudge on as the action rarely picks up. It was mostly an information dump about the world, and how Alina struggles to fit in it. However, as the second half of the book progresses, the action gets more and more intense until it comes to an incredible head. Overall, I think this is a really, really great series and I look forward to continue on with Siege and Storm very soon.
I gave this book 4/5 stars on goodreads.