Book review: Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Grisha #1)

All of the opinions on this book are my own. I am not trying to force a certain thought on people, just expressing how I feel about it. 

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Synopsis: 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.

The Grisha world (Grishavers) was really interesting. A world where the land is divided by something called the Shadow Fold, where the Volcra (monsters that eat humans) are living. It sounds really scary and terrifying. The main character is Alina Starkov. She is very determined and does what she wants. I liked her character, because it really fitted the story.

The villain in this book is the Darkling. I enjoyed the fact that he didn’t seem like the bad guy in the beginning, but turned out to be the bad guy later in the story. Although I would have loved to see him as the good guy that wins Alina’s heart. The Darkling has the opposite power of Alina, which is the control of darkness, while Alina has control over light. In the story it is a nice opposite of the powers to make use off. Sounds very interesting to have those two together.

Where the story keeps coming back to is Mal and Alina, who grew up together in an orphanage. I think their relationship is amazing and they are made for each other. They would give their lives for each other and that makes the relationship between them really good.

The book had a nice pace to it. The story was fast enough not to be boring, but slow enough to understand the whole Grisha concept.

The one thing I have to mention, is that the story sometimes seemed a little predictable for me. I could figure out from the beginning about Mal and Alina, and the Darkling isn’t named after his nice attitude. Still, I really enjoyed reading this book.

I gave this book 4/5 stars.

 

 

 

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