Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: YA Book Review
Shadow and Bone is a dark, hypnotic fantasy which threatens to suck any reader down into its murky depths where you’ll meet sinister, magnetic characters, such as the commanding anti-hero – The Darkling…
Leigh Bardugo’s seductive writing brings to life an exotic story-world so realistic you’ll find yourself at the heart of darkness where things are not always what they seem. Read it if you dare!
Recommended age: 13+
Title: Shadow and Bone
Series: The Grisha #1
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publication Date: 6 June 2013
(first published 2012)
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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. – Abstract from Goodreads