Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on 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.
Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.
Hey book people! Today I’m doing something a little bit different from a review: a discussion. Instead of outlining specifically what I liked and disliked, I’m just going to talk about the book and ask you some questions, sort of like a book club! There’s gonna be a lot of rambling and not a lot of organization! Hopefully we can get some discussion going in the comments!
This book was interesting. I was confused a lot of the time, as I typically am with fantasy. I don’t understand what the role of the Darkling is. He’s not the King, so what is he? The love triangle in this book was VERY cliche. Nice boy from home vs new & exciting kind of villian? Yawn. I’ve seen that so many times. Alina was annoying. She talked about appearance a bit too much, or her supposed lack thereof. She was also very stereotypical and a bit of a Mary Sue.
The romance between Alina and the Darkling was stupid. I expected it from the beginning. This is such a common trope in YA and, frankly, I’m sick of it! I would’ve preferred the romance to be between Alina and another Grisha. I wish the Darkling was just a cut-clean villain and there wasn’t any romantic attachment. That being said, I didn’t like Mal either. He was boring and I didn’t feel anything for him.
The story was what kept me reading. There wasn’t much of a plot for the first half of the book, just Alina adjusting to her new life. I was hooked in when Alina ran away and she and Mal tried to hunt the stag. I kept reading because I wanted to know what would happen next.
This book was supposed to have Russian elements, right? I didn’t see that at all. I wish she had incorporated more.
I loved Genya! She really shined on the page. Her character was complex and had a lot of interesting backstory.
All in all, I did like Shadow and Bone. The story was interesting and kept me intrigued. While I didn’t like the love triangle, I did ship Alina and the Darkling despite my problems with their relationships.
QUESTIONS FOR YOU!
Who did you ship Alina with during the book?
Did you like Alina’s romance with the Darkling?
Who was your favorite character?
Did you continue reading the series?
What didn’t you like about the book?
That’s all, folks! Let me know if you like this kind of post so I can do them in the future! I hope to see DISCUSSION down below!!!!