Sunday, July 1, 2012

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Genre:  YA Fantasy
Note: I believe all adults would enjoy this read as well; I just list YA because it's a suitable read for them even though I think the characters were more adult-feeling than teenager-feeling.
The Grisha Trilogy, Book 1

Description (taken from Goodreads):
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.
Talk about pure fantasy at its greatest.  And the plot twisting and turning at its fullest.  I can tell you that I was completely surprised with this book's turn of events.  However, I can not say more without ruining the surprise.

We're in a Russian-feeling fantasy world where we meet Alina and Mal.  These two grew up together, and Alina's been nursing an age-old crush on Mal.  But as the description states, Alina reveals a mystical power which gets the ball rolling (so-to-speak).  And all of a sudden, she's got the Darkling's attention.  And the rest is in the book, so go read it...

And as a side note, let me tell you I absolutely fell in love with the Darkling from the very beginning.  And the title is absolutely perfect.  Also, the cover makes more sense after reading the book.  (Awesome side notes, I know.)

Imagine a massive painting if you will.  However, you don't see the whole piece in the beginning.  You get details and smaller pieces.  By themselves, they're pretty parts although they don't always make sense.  And then you begin to zoom out on the painting and realize it's a masterpiece.  And those details you saw before are suddenly so much more intricate that everything fits together perfectly.  So what if I'm describing the book and not the painting...

Who should read it?  All fantasy lovers regardless of age.  And note, I say fantasy, not paranormal/urban fantasy.  One of my favorites so far this year, and I can't wait for the next one.

Thanks goes to Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Netgalley for my review copy.

Challenges:  Debut Author Challenge and Young Adult Reading Challenge


  1. Wow! Sounds awesome!! It's called The Gathering Dark in the UK. I love fantasy so I better pick this one up soon.

  2. All the reviews I've read for this one have said how amazing it is, so now I'm really excited to read it! I only recently discovered that this book is called The Gathering Dark in the Uk...before then I had been REALLY confused! I mean, it's so stupid, why give ONE book TWO titles for two different countries?!?!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...