Friday, February 2, 2018

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Verse Book 1) by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone is the first book in the YA fantasy trilogy, The Grisha Verse. The series was recommended to me by a friend. The nation of Ravka is divided because of the Shadow Fold, an area of darkness consisting of monsters that feast on humans.  The one person who can destroy it and bring peace to the world is Alina Starkov, the Sun Summoner.

Growning up as an orphan, the only family she's ever had is Mal, her best friend. When they are attacked by monsters, Mal gets badly injured. Alina saves his life by using a power she didn't know she had. Alina is the one and only Sun Summoner. She can control light. She is taken away from Mal and to the royal court to be trained as a Grisha. At first she bonds with the leader, Darkling, but it soon becomes clear that his intentions are not to save the world. He has far more sinister desires.

Shadow and Bone was amazing and even better than I expected it to be! In fact, this book was so great that I am at a loss for words, which almost never happens. So, this review will be short and sweet. I loved the magic, and the personification of her light was breathtaking! The Fold is unique and I was not expecting the conspiracy surrounding it! I have not read many books with that type of setting. Darkling is so creepy and scary! His villain role was written quite nicely. Alina is an incredible heroine, and her character development from shy and confused to brave, strong, and bold was phenomenal!

I highly recommend this book, and I cannot wait to read the next book, Siege and Storm! I am also excited to read the prequel, The Demon in the Wood, about why Darkling became so evil.

Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Pages: 358
Series: Yes, book 1 of 3
Rating: 5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. I also recently read Shadow and Bone and enjoyed it. I really want to continue with Siege and Storm. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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