Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
Page Count: 308 pages
Publication Date: June 2012
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 fulfil 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?
This is the first Leigh Bardugo book that I’ve ever read and I have to say it was brilliant!
To be honest, I only decided to read Shadow and Bone because I want to read Six of Crows and people kept telling me that if I read the Grisha trilogy first I’d enjoy Six of Crows a lot more… And I’m so glad I did!
Shadow and Bone was an action-packed quick read. Leigh Bardugo has a rather simple writing style, it’s very straight forward, which makes the story flow at a nice pace. The author doesn’t spend pages and pages with useless, embellished descriptions. She goes straight to the point which makes her books easy to read and unputdownable (Yeah, yeah, that’s not a word… but you know what I mean, right?)
The story is set in a fictional land called Ravka, which gives off some serious Russian-esque vibes. We get to explore different parts of the land, and I have a feeling we will get to explore it even further in the second book, Siege and Storm!
The world building, the magical system, even the darker elements… were all so beautiful and inviting!
I read this as a buddy-read (my first ever buddy-read!) with the girls from Brews&Reviews which made the whole experience even more fun!
This book was amazing! Shadow and Bone has a cast of likeable characters who take you through an exciting adventure. Now I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book in the series, Siege and Storm!