Shadow and Bone
Publisher: Henry, Holt & Co
Release Date: June 5th, 2012
Source: ARC from ALA
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
Dark and echanting, Shadow and Bone will undoubtedly thrill readers beyond expectations. With lush, descriptive writing and a strong voice, this debut is one that lives up to its hype.
Leigh Bardugo weaves a story that will captivate and engross, page after page, word after word. From the very first pages, the enchanting, war-torn world of Ravka begins to surround you, building around you bit by bit with each passing word.
Shadow and Bone is set in a fantasized version of Russia, in Ravka, where war ravishes its borders, and the darkness of the Shadow Fold forever looms in the horizon, home to horrific flesh-eating creatures and pure darkness. Hope is meek for the people of the once powerful nation. Their only hope is for the Shadow Fold to disappear.
Alina Starkov is a mouthy character from the beginning. Scrawny, plain, and an orphan, Alina only wishes to be noticed. Before she knows it, she is thrown into the court of the king, under the care of the dark and enchanting Darkling.
In Leigh Bardugo’s world, the Grisha, headed by the mysterious, powerful Darkling, add to the splendor of the story as a dazzling community of rich keftas and dark beauty. As for the the Darkling – he’ll be a character readers will be flipping the pages to catch as he creeps away. The scenes between him and Alina are charged with electricity that buzzes off the pages.
Shadow and Bone is a powerful debut impossible to praise in one review. The characters will leap off the page. The plot will entrance you and seduce you. Shadow and Bone is an unputdownable must-read.