A Review of SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) 
Leigh Bardugo
356 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release Date: June 5th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

    In a world of darkness, beauty, and hidden powers SHADOW AND BONE is a novel that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.

   The once-great nation of Ravka has long been split in two by the Shadow Fold, a dark and dangerous piece of land filled with Volcra – horrible flesh-eating creatures. Alina Starkov is nothing more than a pale and lonely orphan. That is, until she discovers a power hidden inside her. Thrown into the luxurious life of the Grisha, Alina may be Ravka’s only hope of redemption.

   I know, in my review (APOLLYON), I said it would be a while since I found another book as great as that. But looks like I’m wrong. SHADOW AND BONE is awesome. And way better than Apollyon. Cue *gasps from audience*

    Leigh Bardugo creates a world you can imagine in vivid descriptions. From the very first page I was swept into the magical world of Ravka. I loved every little detail and the characters stand out. The Darkling, leader of the Grisha, is a mysterious character you’ll be desperate to know more about.

    I loved a lot of the characters, all of them were different from each other and had their own special meanings. But it wasn’t the characters that did me, it was the world and the writing. Leigh Bardugo’s writing practically floats off the pages and once they seep into your head, they never leave.

   There’s not enough words to tell you guys how great this book is. I loved every little detail and dreaded reading the last chapter. I can’t wait to get started on SEIGE AND STORM.

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