Shadow and Bone: Dark Tale in a Magical World

shadowandboneTitle: Shadow and Bone

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Six Word Review: Dark tale in a magical world

Summary: 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. (Book summary from author Leigh Bardugo’s website.)

I liked the Darkling’s character. His character seemed to be a perfect balance between evil and good. Bardugo did a nice job characterizing him.

I hated the main character, Alina. She was your typical naive character who had no idea what was happening. She acted confident but she was lying to herself.

I rate this book 7/10 stars, because the story was amazing and the world was captivating. The only thing I hated were a few of the characters.

I kept reading because I loved the story and I wanted to see what would happen with Alina and the Darkling. It was so beautiful and rich that I couldn’t put it down. The world Bardugo created was so captivating that I had to keep reading. The twists kept me on the edge of my seat.

–Rachel, Green Lake Branch
GLK

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