Today I have a review for the book Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.
This read has been one that I’ve been anticipating for a long, long while. I’m so glad that I was able to finally pick this novel up because I enjoyed the plot and character so very much.
Let’s get into the review!
Goodreads Rating: 4.05/5
Pages: 358 Pages
Published: June 5th, 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult
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.
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As a small disclaimer: I read the Six of Crows Duology before starting this series.
That being said, I don’t think that it really affects how I read this series, I read it a while ago and don’t remember much of the small details of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, since I read it quite a while ago.
I found this premise to be so fun to read about, but I did think that the plot felt slightly cliche to me (best friends fall in love, girl doesn’t know she has powers and then is a saviour of everyone…), so that was kind of boring to read.
As for characters, I really enjoyed reading about Alina coming into her powers and growing as an individual. She wasn’t the most likeable character at the beginning of the book, so I’m very glad that her character showed a lot of growth.
Additionally I liked the added aspect of a type of “grisha school” because honestly, who doesn’t like watching magic people fight and learn about magic? That’s right, no one.
There were a lot of moments in this novel that I found I couldn’t put it down (probably the reason I finished it in a day), it had so many twists and turns and I’m so excited for the next novel in the series.
Alright guys, that concludes my quick review of Shadow and Bone.
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