Review: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo

shadow and bone

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to 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?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

Alright so I know that Shadow and Bone was already reviewed on my blog, but that was done by Grace at the time, and now that I have read it too, I wanted to include my own opinion and input. So I will make this a shorter review….you can check out Grace’s review here!

My Review

Setting: To begin with, Shadow and Bone is unlike anything I’ve ever read! The world Bardugo created has depth and a wonderful structure that pulls the reader in and allows you to really live inside this imaginary place. Bardugo established an entire culture and fantastical setting that is thrilling. The world of Grisha is a place of magic, warfare, and the darkest of creatures, and did I mention that it’s set in a Russian based country during a time period similar to the dark ages (my kinda book). This setting is perfect for the events of the novel and made the plot all the more intriguing.

Plot: Alina the female lead, discovers she is one of the few with gifted powers and is the one person destined to save the world from the darkness that is The Shadow Fold. She get’s pulled away from her seemingly ordinary life and from best friend/crush Mal and is thrust into the palace life where she must overcome multiple obstacles and has many close encounters with the mysterious yet attractive Darkling. And thus a love triangle ensues between Alina, Mal, and The Darkling, but there is much more to The Darkling than what meets the eye. Turmoil, the likes of which was completely unforeseen and totally screwed with my emotions, arises that throws a HUGE curve ball into the plot regarding Alina’s views of The Darkling. This spirals the story into further conflict and left me glued to the pages. Which to a romantic outcome  that was not one I would have originally intended but one I eventually became satisfied with.

A Set Back/Final Thoughts:The one thing that I was a little disappointed in with Shadow and Bone was the way in which it ended. There was so much action and suspense leading up to the final climax that I was sure it would be a big one; however, by the time the ending really did roll around, it was rather short lived and more anticlimactic than anything else. I was expecting a big blow out, and though parts of it were pretty great, the rest was just so-so. I can only assume, that since this is only the first book in the trilogy, the main events are still to come, and the climax in Shadow and Bone just wasn’t meant to be mind blowing. Nevertheless, I would definitely recommend you read Shadow and Bone! It brings to the table a new and unexplainable world and it’s full of intense plot development that will leave you hooked! Book two is titled Siege and Storm and is currently in my possession, review to come! 🙂

You can buy Shadow and Bone on Amazon here or anywhere else that sells books!


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