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?
I have read so many rave reviews about this book, I don’t know why I put off reading it for so long. Usually books that are all the “craze” with readers are ones I steer away from. I find the hype surrounding the book usually doesn’t fare the same as my opinions.
However. Shadow and Bone was a gem. I wish I had read it the day it was released, then I could have re-read it many times by now. This book had absolutely everything going for it—fantastic writing, outstanding characters, a beyond-cool world and a carefully crafted storyline.
I loved, loved, loved it. I don’t know that it is possible for a reader to be disappointed.
What a brilliant and enthralling read. I finished this in one sitting because I literally could not put it down.
The world of the Grisha is stunning. Such a unique premise that was executed so beautifully. I am absolutely shocked that this is Bardugo’s first novel. She is on her writing A-game!
PS: This will be an epic movie.
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Thank you, Raincoast Books for the review copy.