Date Published: June 5, 2012
Published By: Henry Holt and Company
Edition Read: paperback
Dates Read: 10/17/17-11/3/17
Goodreads 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.
Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.
My Thoughts: I put off reading this book for so long because of everyone just praising it all the time. I was worried I wasn’t going to like it because of all the hype. I was totally wrong. This book was great! I loved Alina as our main character. I actually really liked the Darkling, a whole lot, even though he is supposed to be the “villain” of the story. I thought that the plot was really good, so was all of the world building. There was a good bit of world building and info dumping throughout the book but it is the first book in the trilogy so that’s to be expected. I will definitely be continuing on in this trilogy. I am really excited to see where the story goes and what happens with these characters.