Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
# of Pages: 356
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Is this a series?
Yes, this is the first book in a trilogy, and I will definitely be continuing on with the rest of the trilogy.
Do I recommend this book?
Yes, I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy.
Ratings (out of 10):
Plot development: 10
Ease of Reading: 8
Summary 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.
My Opinion (SPOILER FREE):
This was a very entertaining and exciting story that I enjoyed a lot. I though the story, the world, the writing, and the characters were all fantastic. Leigh Bardugo’s writing is phenomenal. Her story had all the right elements, and the perfect amount of everything I feel a good story has. It was easy to get involved in Alina’s story. I’m very excited to read more of Leigh Bardugo’s work, and I’m excited to see where this story goes.
I don’t have much more to say. It always seems like the books I like the most are the hardest to write a lot about. It’s almost like the best books are just too good for words. So, this book must have been fantastic, since this review is really short. 🙂