Book title: Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Target Audience: Young Adult
And there’s nothing wrong with being a lizard either. Unless you were born to be a hawk.
Why I chose this?
This book was on NetGalley and once again this was a book I had heard so much about and since I could get an ARC of it I thought why not.
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. Goodreads Synopsis
What I thought
I have managed to find a book that I have really enjoyed where I didn’t have the need to put it down and come back to it at a later date to see how I felt about it. I could not put this book down until my husband shouted at me because the light off my Kindle was annoying him while he was trying to sleep and “I have to be up at 4:30 in the morning.” If it wasn’t for that I would have easily finished it at about 2 am this morning.
The characters and character development for that matter were brilliantly written. The landscape with the Shadow Fold seems immense and try as I might I’m not quite sure I can still quite picture the horrors of the Volcra. They really do seem terrifying. Not quite as terrifying I think as getting on the wrong side of the Darkling no matter how smooth he thinks he is.
I love that Alina and Mal were ordinary children, running around and getting into places they shouldn’t and being genuinely troublesome for their carers. Yes, they were orphans from the same place but in comparison to other stories I have read these two did the kind of things I have expected from my own children and it was nice to read. The fact that they were separated due to the circumstances on the Shadow Fold wasn’t exactly heartbreaking but it was sad when you think that these two have only ever had each other.
Once we get to the Little Palace I thought the book was taking a completely different direction. I love that the different Grisha wears different robes to distinguish themselves from each other. Also, the fact that Alina didn’t want to stand out by wearing a different colour robe to everyone else just made me think of how much she’s always been in the shadow of other people and how she doesn’t know how to be the centre of attention. For years she was an ordinary girl who in a roundabout way caved under pressure because she needed to save the only family she’s ever known.
I am really impressed with the way this book was written from the world down to the characters like Genya who is one who stands out in a crowd. Leigh Bardugo has done a marvellous job with this and I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.
I’ve decided to give Shadow and Bone
I really would recommend this book to my friends.
What did you think of Shadow and Bone? Although I’ve not mentioned shipping, did you ship any of the characters? Let me know in the comments