Publisher: Henry and Holt Co.Release Date: June 5, 2012
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 a marvelous debut novel by talented author Leigh Bardugo. When I picked up Shadow and Bone to review I had no idea what to expect. I am thankful that I decided to read this novel because it ended up being awesome!
Shadow and Bone was much like a mash up of Harry Potter and the Hunger Games. The main character, Alina, is fierce and isn't afraid to speak her mind much like Katniss. Like Katniss, Alina was unexpectedly thrown into a strange situation where she felt out of her element. All of the magic and the fantastical creatures in this novel reminded me of Harry Potter which was definitely a plus considering how wonderful Harry Potter is.
The setting of Shadow and Bone is a made up world called Ravka. Sometimes when the setting of a novel is somewhere that doesn't exist and there are lots of made up creatures in that world, it is hard to keep up with what everything is called. Shadow and Bone was clear and easy to follow along with.
I strongly suggest Shadow and Bone to anyone who wants a read that will get their imagination working! I was thoroughly impressed with this debut.