Book Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Book One in The Grisha Trilogy

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Page Count: 308

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Review:

When Leigh Bardugo announced King of Scars, a duology that will focus on Nikolai from The Grisha Trilogy, but also focus on one of my favourite fictional females, Nina, from Six of Crows, I knew I had to indulge my re reading whims and at least re read Shadow and Bone, especially with it being announced that Netflix has announced that it has gained rights to producing a TV Series focused on BOTH Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows!

*Heavy breathing*.

I absolutely loved every moment of my re read. I read it first in 2016, and instantly thought that it was one of the most unique, detailed and awe inspiring book worlds that I’d ever had the joy to come across! I felt like the book was just as addictive the second time around, and I found myself utterly in awe of the world of Ravka, once more!

Alina, our narrator, is such a fabulous character, she has such stellar growth throughout – Leigh Bardugo creates such an amazing female characters (Nina and Inej in Six of Crows too!), and I felt like I was re experiencing what happened to her in this book and sharing her emotions and her thoughts for the first time! From when the reader first meets her as a young Orphan, before she gets plucked away from everything she knows, and the one friend she’s held dear for as long as she can remember.

Thrust into the world of The Grisha, where Alina faces a destiny that she never thought possible, lead by a special power that she never knew how to wield, she navigates her way through brutal training and finds an ally in Genya (who’s friendship early in the novel I utterly adored!), and finds herself being favoured by The Darkling (I promise, you will not find a more devilishly handsome villian!). It’s funny, looking back from my first read in 2016, I never knew if I should instinctively trust him, and when I met him again after all this time, knowing how the series ends, I was faced with that emotion again!)

But is The Darkling all he seems? Does he really want to free Ravka from The Fold and all its devastating darkness?

You’ll have to read the book to find out!

The setting of the world of Ravka is utterly magical, and as intriguing as I remember, if not more so!

Leigh Bardugo weaves a tale of magic, power and definitley intrigue and wonder in this brilliant first instalment in her Grisha trilogy – and I am waiting with baited breath for King of Scars! And I’ll definitely be re reading the other books set in this fast paced and brilliant world before long!

Goodreads Sypnosis:

I’ve been waiting for you along time, Alina,’ he said.

‘You and I are going to change the world’

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a man of seductive charm and terrifying power. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Thank you for reading! Are you a Leigh Bardugo fan? Are you looking to start her books in curious anticipation for the Netflix adaption of Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows?

~ Brooklyn.

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