Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone trilogy #1)

Author:Leigh Bardugo

Pages: 416 Pages

Format: PaperBack

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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.

After years of putting it off, I finally read Shadow and Bone. Honestly, it’s been an achievement and I can finally remove it from my TBR list.

Why did it take me so long to read? Well, to be frank, I got distracted.

The first time I saw Shadow and Bone was when it first came out. I bought it for my Nook and forgot about it. I always meant to go back to it but since I didn’t have it physically….you know how it goes.

A few weeks ago, I got my hand on the box set (You can read all about my book haul here).

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo was an enchanting tale of a young woman named Alina who lives in a world of the Grisha, powerful sorcerers. Alina is part of the military as a cartographer’s assistant and during a march across a territory known as the Unsea, a large piece of land shrouded in utter darkness and riddled with creatures of nightmares, she discovers that she is a Grisha.

I enjoyed the story immensely. Alina’s growth from a naive young woman scared of herself to a courageous hero was well told. I didn’t feel like anything was too rushed and while she finds courage, there are still many things that she needs to continue to grow on. There were some parts where I rolled my eyes, but they were small enough that it didn’t affect the overall feel of the book.

The Darkling…let’s just say that I can’t wait to read more about him in the next couple of books. I’m not trying to play devil’s advocate but I understand why he did what he did.

As for Mal…I’m not a big fan of Mal right now as I feel like he’s like every typical pretty boy but I’m hoping that changes as the series goes on. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and look forward to seeing how he grows.

Anyway, Shadow and Bone was a delightful read and I recommend it to everyone who loves Magic, Handsome Villains, and a main character who grows into her skin.


Who’s your favorite character in Shadow and Bone? If you could be a Grisha, what kind would you be? Let me know in the comments below! Have your own review of Shadow and bone? Drop the link! <3

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