Title: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Square Fish
Pages: 358 (Hardcover), 372 (Paperback), 369 (Ebook)
Release Date: July 5, 2012
Rating: 3 out of 5
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Alina Starkov doesn’t expect much from life. Orphaned by the Border Wars, she is sure of only one thing: her best friend, Mal–and her inconvenient crush on him. Until the day their army regiment enters the Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. When their convoy is attacked and Mal is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power not even she knew existed.
Ripped from everything she knows, Alina is taken to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. With Alina’s extraordinary power in his arsenal, he believes they can finally destory the Fold. Now Alina must find a way to master her untamed gift and somehow fit into her new life without Mal by her side. But nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. As the threat to the kingdom mounts and her dangerous attraction to the Darkling grows, Alina will uncover a secret that could tear her heart–and her country–in two.
It was a very interesting read, I did enjoy it. I could had rated the book more if it wasn’t for the hype. I was spoiled for good amount of the book sadly. I don’t think I am spoiled for the other books in the series and including the spin-off. Let’s hope it stays that way.
World: If you like Russian inspired things, you’ll love this. Leigh Bardugo borrows from the language and also descriptions of the buildings.
Magic: The magic system is very awesome! It’s probably my favorite thing about this book. I enjoyed that the people who are capable of magic can’t do all forms of it. They can only do and improve on the type of magic they are born.
Hype: For me, the hype did ruin for me. If you haven’t been effected by the hype either by it raising your exceptions too high or leaking key plot points in the book, you should be okay though.