Title – Shadow and Bone
Author – Leigh Bardugo
Publication date – June 5th 2012
Publisher – Henry Holt and Company
Genre – Fantasy
Rating – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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 fulfill 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?
Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.
– Goodreads description
This book was fantastic! It had my two favourite things, fantasy and female leads. There was so much hype surrounding this book that I avoided reading it for a while and I really wish I had read it sooner because it was just that good.
The world building was fascinating, I loved the magic in this world and the Grisha were especially interesting and left me wanting to learn more about the society they live in.
The main character, Alina, really intrigued me and I thought she was really interesting to read about. I especially loved her relationship with Genya as you don’t see too many positive portrayals of female friendships in YA (despite other events in the book). I also can’t wait to learn more about a lot of other background characters in the later books because I really want to find out what happens to them and how they develop.
I loved all the twists and turns the book took and unlike a lot of other books I didn’t see a lot of the plot twists coming which I really enjoyed. The story was fast paced and overall I found it entertaining and fun. I just really enjoyed Shadow and Bone so I’d definitely recommend giving it a go if you’ve had any doubts before.