Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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.
So my first reaction to this book was “Is this going to be confusing” because you all know that if you see a map before a book starts then you will end up confused. To my astonishment I wasn’t that confused in this book like I am in other fantasy series. Sure there were sometimes I was a little “huh” at but I wasn’t that confused in this book. Going back to the book I was actually a pretty big fan of it. I loved how the story went I did gasp a few times when there was twists and turns. There was a lot of things that I wasn’t expecting in this book yet it happened. Thats why this book was a nice treat to me. It surprised me and I am glad it did.
First the characters. The main character Alina seemed really cool to me at first. She didn’t care about her looks, she was protective towards her friends, and she didn’t care what people thought of her. Yet as more and more that I read about her I grew to kinda dislike. She was becoming the opposite of what she originally was. That really upset me towards this book. I still like her but not as much as I did in the beginning.
We didn’t get to see much of Mal in this book yet he was my favorite character in this entire book. At first I didn’t trust the guy. At first I thought he was just using Alina and he was a player and all. He really upset me in the beginning. During the times we didn’t get to see him thats when I started to really like him. He is just so adorable and cute. I loved him especially at the end
At first I trusted all the characters at the castle. I liked the mid, I liked the king, and I liked the Darkling. I wish I didn’t though. I kept apologizing to the book after I finished it because of my character trust.
This book really gave me mixed feelings towards the characters, but not the book. I really enjoyed reading this book. I even started reading the second one already I am just not sure if I am going to like it as much as I like this one.
“I missed you every hour. And you know what the worst part was? It caught me completely by surprise. I’d catch myself just walking around to find you, not for any reason, just out of habit, because I’d seen something that I wanted to tell you about or because I wanted to hear your voice. And then I’d realize that you weren’t there anymore, and every time, every single time, it was like having the wind knocked out of me. I’ve risked my life for you. I’ve walked half the length of Ravka for you, and I’d do it again and again and again just to be with you, just to starve with you and freeze with you and hear you complain about hard cheese every day. So don’t tell me why we don’t belong together,” he said fiercely.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone