Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: June 5, 2012
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.
I really liked Shadow and Bone! I thought it was a great story, but I had one issue with it. I have thought about this book all day long and I am still not over the major twist in this novel. When it happened I literally was like “Nooooooooo!!!” and I kept thinking throughout the rest of the book that somehow, someway this was just one big joke. It wasn’t though. I’m so upset about it. I really thought this book was going one way and then BAM! It just completely changes directions.
Despite me being upset about that, this really was a good book. I was hooked on the story from page one. I absolutely loved the world Leigh Bardugo created and how she describes everything.
Alina starts off as a scrawny insecure girl. I got upset with her character a few times because she was so hard on herself. She was always comparing herself to the other Grisha’s and she didn’t think she was as good or as pretty as they were which wasn’t the case. As the story goes on she finally gains some confidence, starts training really hard, and turns into a pretty kick ass heroine.
One of my favorite characters was actually Genya, Alina’s only friend while she was at the Little Palace. Genya was awesome and I just loved her ability to change the way people looked. I wish she could fix me up all pretty! My absolute favorite character though was The Darkling. I just found him so fascinating. He was so dark and mysterious; I wanted to know everything there was to know about him. Plus, he was nine kinds of hot.
Overall, I thought was a great fantasy novel and I will definitely be buying Siege and Storm to see how this story continues.