Shadow & Bone – Review

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. 

My Thoughts…

Have you ever had a wild hair where you’re just sitting around watching TV or doing something else and you get a sudden urge to read a book… not just any book, a very specific book… You need to read it, right now? That’s what happened with this book. I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for well over a year, and I had never had much of a urge to read it, and then all of a sudden I just need to read this book. 

I flew through this book. I’d never read a Leigh Bardugo book before, but I couldn’t stop. The book started off kind of slow for me, but that was because of all the set up for the story. Once the story really got started and we were seeing all of the political intrigue and the inner workings of the palace I was sucked in and I wasn’t stopping until the last page. 

The Darkling is a great character. I wasn’t sure of his motives through out the book and although I did guess early on where the story was going, but I still loved the journey. 

My one complaint with the book was the overwhelming similarities between this book and Harry Potter… 

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