Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
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.
The minute I found out that Shadow and Bone was fantasy with inspiration from Imperial Russia--I knew I had to read it. The nation of Ravka is split into two by an unknown darkness known as the Shadow Fold. Its filled with monsters which makes crossing extremely dangerous. Add to the fact that the country is bordered by two nations who would love to see its demise.
Alina is a apprentice mapmaker in the army but there’s more to her than meets the eye as her dormant powers are discovered by the Grisha, who wield magic, and she is whisked away to the capital to be trained. She becomes extremely important to both Ravka and its enemies as she holds the power to destroy the Shadow Fold. Alina always saw herself as a pretty plain girl so even with all the attention from the Grisha, readers get to see the changes and the way it ends up affecting her.
The ending was nice and not your typical cliffhanger because there’s peace for now but you know there’s definitely more to come in the next book…and I for one cannot wait.
Overall, Leigh Bardugo created a intricate world filled with history and magic. The characters were multi-faceted and even some of the secondary characters left a lasting impression with me.
Rating 4 Stars
* Thanks to Raincoast for providing me with a review copy