Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
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.
SHADOW AND BONE isn’t your average YA novel. It’s so dark and chilling that your teeth will be rattling in anticipation for the next scene. I’m not really sure how to describe SHADOW AND BONE completely without giving anything away, but be prepared to be on your toes! You’ll dive right into Alina’s world and be so absorbed that you won’t be able to step away long after finishing the last page.
Alina is refreshing in that she isn’t the perfect, gorgeous heroine that is common in YA nowadays. She is who she is and she embraces her differences, though she doesn’t have to like the way they set her apart from others. While Alina starts out as a little mouse, she develops into a confident eagle willing to do whatever she can to protect the world from evil. I couldn’t help but root for a happy ending for Alina. She really deserves it.
The world that Bardugo has crafted is unlike anything I have ever had the pleasure of reading. She has created a whole new language and culture that had my mind going a mile an hour! While it takes a while to get used to this new place, when I finally understood it all I couldn’t get enough of it! I am so in love with Bardugo’s writing and even though this is only her first book, you can be sure that any other novel that she writes will be a must-read for me!
SHADOW AND BONE is a dark beauty that is sure to fly off shelves. Bardugo’s writing shines in this one and you won’t be able to stop yourself from falling in love.