How did I get it?:
My sister got it for me!
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?
I have to admit, I was both excited and very nervous to read this book. So many of my book blogger friends absolutely adored it. I’ve seen it on so many Top Ten Tuesday lists. I decided that I really, really needed to get to Shadow and Bone. Surely all of those people that were begging me to read it couldn’t be wrong? Well, I only have one question to ask them…WHY DID I TAKE SO LONG TO READ IT?! I guess the only good thing about reading this book SO late, is that I don’t have a long wait for the series to complete. Now I think I’m just making up excuses for my failings in not reading this book sooner. Shadow and Bone was an incredible read. I was thrown into the Grisha world. I’m not always a huge lover of fantasy reads, but oh my goodness, this book was brilliant.
The world building in Shadow and Bone is amazing. I don’t often read fantasy books because I tend to be bogged down in the detail, but Leigh Bardugo builds the world beautifully with just enough information, and at a decent pace. I never felt bored by learning more about the Grisha world. I just wanted to drink all of the information in. I don’t want to say much about the plot, because I didn’t know a lot about it before I began the book and I think that was the best possible way. All I knew, was that I needed to discover The Darkling.
Alina is a fantastic narrator and character. Alina was raised in an orphanage with only her friend Mal to rely on. She’s never really felt like she fit in anywhere. She yearns for a place where she belongs. Alina finds out that she has a magical ability, (sometimes this sort of thing really makes me roll my eyes, it’s just so cliché, but trust me, it works in Shadow and Bone) she finds herself being taken away from everything she knows. Alina is thrown into the land of the Grisha’s. Alina still feels like she doesn’t belong. She needs to understand how the Grisha work, and how to control her power. Alina’s powers have caught the attention of The Darkling. The Darkling is the enigmatic leader of the Grisha. He is incredibly powerful. The world is torn in two by the Shadow Fold. The Shadow Fold is a place where monsters rule. The Darkling believes that Alina has the power to save them all.
Alina’s friendships in Shadow and Bone are interesting. Her friendship with Mal is adorable. Mal is a great character, he’s supportive and sweet. I really liked that Alina found a friend in Genya when she moved to live with the Grishas. The Darkling is such an intriguing, dangerous character. I really need to know more about him. I can totally see why he’s such an appealing character, but I don’t know whether to trust him or not.
I can see that Shadow and Bone would not be as good a read for everyone as it was for me, but I do recommend that you at least try it. Even if you’re not a fan of fantasy. You might be surprised…
Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!