Shadow and Bone (#1)- Leigh Bardugo
Title: Shadow and Bone (Book #1 in the Grisha series)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Page Length: 358 pages
I bought a whole bunch of books awhile back based on a book bloggers recommendations. This story was from that list. I have never heard or read Bardugo before, but I am a new fan and can’t wait to read more from her.
This is a young adult epic fantasy adventure where evil and good fight on center stage. I was completely engrossed and excited to read this book. I had a hard time putting it down. I was surprised, delighted, heartbroken and frightened. Bardugo did a wonderful job creating characters with deceptive layers that kept unfolding. Her writing, while different from Juliette Marillier (another fantasy writer), has a similar vein of her writing style. And I loved it!
If you are looking for a story about unlikely heroes and friendship that knows no bounds then you might enjoy this story. You can find it on Amazon in multiple formats.
Synopsis: 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.