Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) by Leigh Bardugo


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.

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UPDATE — Jun 15, 2013 Reread it for book 2. This is SO GOOD! Not sure why I rated 4 stars, changing it to 5 stars.Original plot with unexpected twists and turns. Really did not see it coming.

There was the dark, mysterious, handsome and powerful Darkling, and his unwarranted attention to Alina.
Interesting world building, with different classes of Grisha, and their hierarchy in the palace.
The court intrique that faintly reminded me of Kagawa’s “The Iron Fey Series”.

Followed by tender loving moments that were very sweet and was rooted in friendship, not the typical insta-love.
Heart melting scene —
“I missed you every hour. And you know what the worst part was? It caught me completely by surprise. I’d catch myself walking around to find you, not for any reason, just out of habit, because I’d seen something that I wanted to tell you about or because I wanted to hear your voice. And then I’d realize that you weren’t there anymore, and every time, every single time, it was like having the wind knocked out of me. I’ve risked my life for you. I’ve walked half the length of Ravka for you, and I’d do it again and again and again just to be with you, just to starve with you and freeze with you and hear you complain about hard cheese every day. ”

On top of that there were great actions: when they’re in the Folds fighting the monsters.

The only put-off for this book was the Russian folklore, names that were hard to pronounce and myth that I was not familiar with. The author never did fully explain the Dark Folds.

Can’t wait for the next book!!!

Book reviewed by Poecilia L.

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