Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo is so unique and all about powers. I was blown away by the Russian/medieval world and how well described it is. The main character is also so strong and it was so interesting watching her transform.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh BardugoTitle: Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse #1)
Series: Grisha Verse #1
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Also by this author: Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
Rating: five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.


Book Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone is so different from anything I’ve read before. This book is about an orphaned mapmaker who discovers that she has special powers. Not only does she have powers, but she also learns that she is some sort of chosen one with the most important ability of them all. The story is full of betrayal and secrets as Alina attempts to save her kingdom and also figure out how to control her power. I love books about powers and reading about all the Grisha and their skills was so entertaining.

❀ A well-Developed World

The world of the Grisha trilogy is so well developed and creative. I got sort of of a medieval/Russian vibe from it, but it feels like so much more than that. I could totally picture the setting, especially the royal court and the Fold (kind of like a massive spot of darkness filled with monsters). It’s been a while since I’ve read a book with such a complex world, and I was glad to be able to escape to the world of the Grisha.

❀ Alina’s Transformation is Enjoyable

The reader is introduced to Alina when she is a weak orphan, just taken to the royal court and treated like royalty. At first, she doesn’t know how to summon her power or fight at all, but she gradually grows stronger. I really enjoyed watching her transformation and getting to know her more. Alina is such a clever main character who is also pretty brave, considering she has to save a kingdom.

❀ Original

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo is such an original fantasy novel with special powers an extremely detailed world. I loved Alina and watching her gain confidence. I really wish that I had gotten to read this sooner!

About Leigh Bardugo

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Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of the Six of Crows Duology and the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, as well as the upcoming Wonder Woman: Warbringer (Aug 2017) and The Language of Thorns (Sept 2017).

She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.

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11 thoughts on “Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

  1. onenightbookstandblog says:

    You’re definitely not the last person to pick this book up! I still need to read it myself! I have actually read Six of Crows, but I feel like I can appreciate both series more if I read all the books set in that world!

    • Candid Cover says:

      I started it, but sadly I had to set it aside. The second book just wasn’t as appealing to me as the first. Hopefully when I pick it up again, I will enjoy it. 🙂

  2. sydneyeditor1 says:

    *waves* I haven’t read it either! It sounds amazing, especially with the worldbuilding — it sounds brilliant!

  3. Jaime Lynn says:

    I have read this one twice…. and I liked it, but I didn’t love it. I don’t know what kept me from falling over that ledge, but something did. I loved the characters, the world-building, the magic! But some strange thing bothered me.

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