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Shadow And Bone: Thrilling New Fantasy

Shadow And Bone: Thrilling New Fantasy
Shadow And Bone Book Cover Shadow And Bone
The Grisha
Leigh Bardugo
YA Fantasy, Fantasy
Henry Holt and Co.
2012

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.

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. 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.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.

Shadow and Bone is a first book in the Grisha trilogy and it falls right under the Fantasy category. When you open the book, you immediately get enchanted by a wonderful map, a “must” when it comes to the fantasy books. We follow a story from the point of view of Alina, young girl who believes to be just terribly plain and ordinary, while she is everything but that.

It was an interesting start. The world Bardugo creates is intriguing and cleverly written. Reader follows Alina, as she is the narrator, and becomes rather quickly hooked to all the events and accidents that happen to her. The Little Palace, the Grisha world – everything takes the reader in and I enjoyed finding out how all these structures operate separately and together. I rather enjoyed the passages when Alina was still a part of The Little Palace (place where all Grishas are), her hard training sessions and how she finally managed to control her power.

Character development is beautifully written. Reader falls in love with characters immediately, which is really everything a writer would dream of. Even more, one get so taken in, that you cannot but love even the bad characters (um, Darkling? The man who would temp you to sell your soul and cross to the dark side? Yes, please!).

And now, the moments which let me down a bit. Alina is random, ordinary girl, completely unaware of, as it turns out, just how powerful she is. I feel like this part has become a thrope in these-days YA literature. Also, somewhere in the half of the book, everything slowed down. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, a reader does need its rest, but it really slowed down. Yet even then I wasn’t bored. Leigh Bardugo doesn’t let that happen to you. You see, here you have one major talented writer, who builds tension like not many others.

The attempts to incorporate Russian language and its elements were somewhat unnatural to me. It wasn’t necessary and maybe it would be better off without it, the story certainly wouldn’t loose anything. And although there IS a love triangle, I got hooked. The fan girl out of me is speaking now – how can you not wonder with whom will Alina end up?

I have to say that I was invested into the characters and their destiny, it kept me reading and reading and reading. I would highly recommend it to everyone who loves to read YA fantasy. Seriously, just get the book right now.

Have you read The Grisha Trilogy?

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    This is not the kind of book I would usually pick up… the good reads description didn’t appeal to me… but your review of it was really captivating… and it made me interested in reading it. Great post.. you’ve opened my eyes .. and maybe even a new book

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      Katarina Kovcin

      Dear Candice, thanks for comment! Yes, exactly, the description on goodreads is terrible and definitely not worthy of this great series. Almost I didn’t pick up this book because of it. But it is totally different!

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        Depends on what you’re into. If you read E. Nesbitt as a kid, and James Baldwin’s The Story of Roland, along with a healthy dose of Le Guin, Tolkein & C. S. Lewis, and you’re looking for some light reading, the Potter books fill the bill quite nicely. Makes for a nice break from reading about statistics for your dissertation, too, I find. It’s not Great Literature, and it’s not meant to be.If you have any interest at all in the genre, then may be more to your liking.

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    Wow. This seems worth the read though my first impression on seeing the book cover left me a lot of dumb founded questions, lol.. seems like this is worth checking out.

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    This isn’t ordinarily the kind of book I would pick up, but your description is very interesting! I do generally enjoy YA books so I will definitely check it out.

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    This sounds like a great read and I do love fantasy stories to get the imagination going. I will have to check this series out for sure and I think it would make a great gift idea for my sister who loves read like this one. Thanks for a great review.

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    I think my cousin would really love this book! She’s really into fantasy novels, and this sounds right up her alley!

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    I’m not ashamed to admit that I love YA books because of the chances the authors are willing to take. I think I will have to give this one a try very soon.

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    Sounds beautifully written. I feel like I could identify with the girl feeling plain and ordinary. Usually books like this with gore and death don’t really appeal to me, but it sounds like it has some good character development.

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    This for sure isn’t the type of book I normally read, and I love love love to read. but it sounds intriguing and I may have to check it out.

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    Thanks for your review. Like many, not my cup of tea and I would have passed right by this, but after reading your review, I might just give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

    Brooke

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    I have seen this books a few time shut never really payed any attention to it. Your review is great and I feel like I need to read it now!! Thanks!!

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    Omg this book sounds fantastic. I’m going on vacation Friday. I need a good book for the plane ride

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