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I don’t know about you, but I have this habit of searching book quotes then adding the books to my TBR pile if I like a quote. Just me? Okay. Anyways, a while ago I did the search and came across a really cute paragraph from a book. It was so cute and romantic that I just had to read it ! And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how I ended up getting Shadow and Bone. This is a review and I won’t spoil any of the book.
This book is by Leigh Bardugo, and it is actually the first book of the Grisha Trilogy. It is a YA book with a whole lot of Fantasy. This book is set in Ravka, which has been split in two by something that is called Shadow Fold. Apart from the regular individuals you will find Grisha, who are the magical elite. There are three orders of Grisha : Corporalki, Etherealki and Materialki.
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 is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.
These Grisha, along with Alina, Mal, and The Darkling, make this book action packed without a dull moment ! Alina Starkov is a brave and fearless woman with extraordinary powers, and I wish to be more like her. Throughout this book, you can see her develop and be more sure of herself. I can’t wait to see the rest of her character development in the remaining two books !
For me what makes this book so enjoyable is that ,although sometimes you have to stop to pronounce a word properly since there are various foreign words, Leigh’s writing is so easy and flowing. It transports you to Ravka and you can feel every single emotion that Alina is going through.
What I didn’t like about this book is the ending. I mean, sure it was a good ( I said good, not happy. I’m not spoiling) ending but it didn’t feel like it was linking the first book to the second.
Other than that, I loved every single moment of this book and I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy. Definitely recommend it to all you fantasy lovers !
Until next time, lovelies.
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