Shadow and Bone Book Review

Shadow and Bone Book Cover Shadow and Bone
The Shadow and Bone Trilogy
Leigh Bardugo
Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Square Fish
May 7th 2013 (first published June 5th 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.

I feel like it’s about time that I gush about Shadow and Bone. This was the first ever book that I read from Leigh Bardugo. You can find my review however for Six of Crows here.

I kept hearing about Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo for ages. Heck, I kept hearing about the Grisha trilogy and all about the Grishaverse. I picked up the box set which also included a beautiful map of the world. But for the longest time, I never got around to reading it. But now that I have…

…Holy shit. What an absolutely incredible book.

This was my first ever book that I had read from Bardugo and let me tell you something, I have never felt so happy. Her writing style when it comes to world building is simply outstanding. All the characters are impressive it’s just… EVERYTHING IS SO INCREDIBLY GOOD THAT I COULD SERIOUSLY CRY.

Okay, let me try to collect myself.

I INHALED Shadow and Bone. Never have I wanted to read a book for such a long time. I did not want to stop! I would say that this book may even be on par with my all time favorite series, A Darker Shade of Magic. For me to even say that is MASSIVE! I don’t give that compliment away lightly. Nothing beats ADSOM for me, but holy hell… Shadow and Bone is a book that is seriously UP THERE.

Being able to visualize where I was in the world while reading made the reading experience top notch.

As for the characters, I love them. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. MY god, they are so vibrant and outgoing and I just wanted to read about them more and more and more. I did not want to stop reading about their lives and their struggles and their survival.

Alina is the main female protagonist. I love her snarky attitude and her loyalty towards her best friend Mal. Although she gets pulled away from him, Alina never forgets about him and she longs to be with him again. Mal is also an impressive character. He is the best tracker in the First Army and is Alina’s best friend. They were raised together and have been with each other ever since. But he suffers from major regret when he was not able to protect the one person he cares for more than his own life.

Their relationship throughout Shadow and Bone just made my heart sing. Literally. I had the tell the silly thing to be quiet so I could read!

Finally, there is the Darkling. He is the most powerful Grisha in the world. I honestly feel like my interest in him will increase over the course of the Shadow and Bone trilogy. Currently, I have a big love/hate relationship with him. But he is for sure the perfect villian in the book. I seriously love to hate him!

Overall, I am kicking myself for waiting so freaking long to read Shadow and Bone and begin this incredible series. It was FANTASTIC from start to finish. I seriously can’t wait to see what happens next!

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