Review: Shadow and Bone

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Orphans Alina and Mal were inseparable growing up in northern Ravka. Years later, although the two are still together in the ranks of the First Army, Alina has never felt so far apart from Mal. New feelings for her greatest friend arise, making every moment apart, and even every moment together watching him pursue other girls, an utter torment for Alina. After a dangerous mission into the Fold, Alina discovers she is not just an apprentice map-maker but the Sun Summoner, the rarest of all the Grisha. The Darkling, the most powerful Grisha second only in power to the King, whisks Alina away to the capital to learn to use her powers so together they can destroy the Fold and save Ravka. After finally coming into her powers and feeling as if she belongs Alina encounters Mal for the first time since the battle in the Fold. Alina must choose between Mal, the boy she has always loved, and the alluring force that is the Darkling. 

I fell in love with Leigh Bardugo's writing after reading Six of Crows last fall and I was eager to learn more about the Grisha. Since then I have read online that many people who are fans of Six of Crows did not particularly like the Grisha Trilogy and I was hesitant to pick them up. I am pleased to say  that I found Shadow and Bone just as rich, just as magical  and compelling as Six of Crows. I was so enamoured of the characters of Alina, Mal, Genya and the Darkling, that I finished the book in one sitting. Shadow and Bone is a dark, entrancing story set in a militant fantasy world reminiscent of 19th century Russia that I found utterly enchanting. I wish I didn't have to work tomorrow so I could stay home and finish Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising

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