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shadow and boneWhat: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Who: Henry Holt and Co.

When: June 5th 2012

How: Purchased.

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

Wow. I don’t even know where to begin.

Yesterday I had three books I wanted to start reading. I picked up the first two, and they didn’t really grip me. And then I picked up Shadow and Bone. And, wow, was I in for a treat.

Alina Starkov is an orphan in Ravka, a country that has been at war for hundreds of years. The Grisha, an elite group of people with the ability to manipulate matter are pampered and protected, whilst those without this ‘magic’ are left to fend for themselves. Roughly a hundred years ago, the Shadow Fold, or the Unsea, was created, where darkness covers the land, and human-eating creatures called volcra feed on most of those who attempt to pass. What Ravka needs is a Sun Summoner. And when Alina ventures into the Fold, Ravka’s prayers are answered.

From the first sentence, this book just drew me completely into it’s world, and into the mind of the main character, Alina. I simply could not put it down, and I finished it within the day.

I loved the characters, and the world. The magic, and the descriptions. The darkness, and the deception. The light, and the love. Everything about this book was spectacular.

I won’t say too much, for I do not want to spoil anything for anyone, but at first I was team Darkling, and now I am team Mal (although evil, dark warlords are kinda sexy).

Needless to say I will definitely be reading the following books. I can’t believe I have to wait several months for the next one. I will be the first one at the book store for Siege and Storm.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of awesome heroines, magic, a fight between good and evil, and of course, love.

© 2013, Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity. All rights reserved.

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Posted on: June 4, 2013 • By: Chiara

6 Responses to Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

  1. Great review! I absolutely loved this book and its sequel. The setting, the fantasy elements and the characters were just amazing:)

  2. LillianHarp says:

    This has been on my TBR for too long! And the way you have reviewed it makes me want to run all the way to your place and borrow it from you! It isn’t available in any of the bookstores near me and the online store’s taking too long! :P
    Sorry about the rant…
    You’ll probably receive an award for ‘Best description in a review’! :)

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