Review: Shadow and Bone
Series: The Grisha Trilogy # 1
Genre: Young Adult- Fantasy
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Release Date: June 5, 2012
“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.”
First off, let me say how much this book blew me away. I loved the action, the characters, as well as the impending doom that happens towards the end. Fantastic! The characters of the book are so out of the loop. I like reading a book where the characters themselves have no idea that power that they possess. To see them come into their power and do great things is amazing. I liked reading along with them, seeing everything new through their eyes.
The powers of this world is soo cool! I especially enjoyed the ranking cloaks that they get. Awesome touch! The author never cease to amaze me with the world building. The land, the people, the magic, and even the boys.
The love interest went where I wanted it to go. There are two people grown up together and now split due to one gaining a power that is rare. I loved that while they were split they yearned for each other. They really just wanted to go back to the way it used to be and pretend that everything going on around them is not happening. The small moments of peace they have together gives the reader an amazing touch of real love.
I’m going to end this review before I ruined it for everyone. Shadow and Bone delights the reader with an amazing story that is epic. With dashing heroes, ultimate power, and a kingdom that is on a verge of a war, make no mistake that you need to read this book! Shadow and Bone excels in what a book should be. Fast, shocking, and overall awesome!