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Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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“Make me your villain.”

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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.

My Thoughts:

This book exceeded my expectations completely. I read the whole thing in a day – I was completely sucked into the Grisha world. I did the ‘wrong’ thing and read the Six of Crows duology first – as everyone said it was better. Just going to put it out there, it made no difference to my reading experience. I 100% believe you can read SoC without reading the Shadow and Bone trilogy first.
Anyways, I loved the world Leigh Bardugo created and I was instantly curious to learn more. The magic system seemed intriguing and a little different to the typical magic systems in YA.
That being said, the story itself isn’t the most unique story out there. It utilises a fair few YA tropes: ‘Oh so plain girl’, ‘Chosen One’ and ‘Mysterious dark haired man’ – just to name a few. I’m not saying they’re a bad thing, they are actually done pretty well but there’s nothing overly original about it.

I really enjoyed this book, as I mentioned, I read it in one day. It’s an addicting read that you’ll fly through.

Alina: She’s nothing overly special. She’s not a bad protagonist but she’s not great either. I did enjoy her perspective at times. I preferred it when she was away from Mal, I feel like he makes her more annoying? I don’t know.

Mal: Boringgggggg. Seriously. I am not a fan of this guy. I just don’t see the fuss about him and he’s a bit of a dick. He’s grumpy and mad, constantly. He’s such a trashcan.

The Darkling: This guy, however, had me enchanted from the start. Obviously, being super late to the Grisha hype, I had heard loads of things about him. Everyone loves The Darkling. Everyone. I didn’t think he’d grab me as much as everyone said but he did. It took approx. 0.002 secs for me to fall in love.


Rating: 4 Stars


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