Monday, June 4, 2012

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo.
Publisher: Henry Holt.
Pages: 368.
Release Date: June 5, 2012.
Source: Publisher.
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.

Putting my thoughts of Shadow and Bone into words is proving to be impossible. Have you ever liked a book so much that it renders you speechless? Yeah, that happened. This review is probably just going to be a huge gushfest, but I'll attempt to articulately tell you what I loved you about this book. Key word: attempt.

First - the WORLD. I haven't fangirled so hard over a book's world since Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Leigh's world of Grishas is absolutely fantastic. I was so intrigued by the soldiers and their standings/jobs. I was terrified of the Shadow Fold and the volcras (scary bird creatures) that live within it. And there are so many other small details that really made so much of an impact - like the special safety clothes they wear, the colors they follow for social standings and my favorite ... the magic. The scenes where Alina gets to demonstrate her magic were so gorgeous.

And speaking of Alina, allow me to gush about the characters now. I thought I had this book all figured out and then the author just flipped everything around on me. I was so conflicted about who to trust and who to root for. I really wish we had more Mal. He was kind of dangled tauntingly in front our faces and then snatched away for a good chunk of the story, but I have faith that he'll steal the show in the sequel.

Overall, Shadow and Bone satisfied every element that the fantasy fangirl in me craves. Kick-ass action? Check. A strong heroine? Check. Spellbinding magic? Check. A swoon-worthy romance? Check. A gorgeous, imaginative world? Check. This is one book that I'm definitely recommending to all of my blog readers. A thousand stars to Shadow and Bone!

Other reviews for Shadow and Bone:
Pure Imagination.
A Jane of All Reads.
Literary Explorations.


  1. Everyone keeps gushing about this book, which means I can't WAITTTT to read it!

  2. I LOVE YOU FOR LOVING THIS BOOK. I can't wait until my pre-ordered copy shows up *squeals*

  3. This sounds AMAZING! I loved the world of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, so I'm excited to experience this one! Fantastic review!

  4. I really liked the twist about who to trust that we got; I should have been expecting something because everything seemed to be going so smoothly but I was completely caught up in the world and consequently left shocked with what went down.

  5. My copy should be arriving soon . . . can't wait to dig into it! Great review!

  6. LOVE this book!!! I need the sequel now! :)

  7. Donna (Bites) was just telling me how fabulous this is!

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  9. Although I don't love this series as much as a lot of others do, I still really loved the relationship between Alina, Mal, and the Darkling in this book. I swooned hard for both guys although ultimately I had to go with the good guy (and his uber-romantic speech late in the book.)

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