I read it. Years after it was published, I finally read Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo. And I think it’s safe to say that Leigh Bardugo is now one of my new favourite authors of all time. I can’t actually believe how much I like her books. The Grisha world is now one of my favourite worlds ever.
So, I read Shadow And Bone and I gave it 5 stars. It was amazing, and I want to read it again already. Siege And Storm is on its way to me from the library and it can’t come soon enough. I want to know what happens so badly. So let me tell you what I thought of this book!
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt
Rating: 5 Stars
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. – Goodreads
This book is one of those classic fantasies that you hear everywhere and wonder if it’s good enough to read. And to that I say YES, read it, love it, cherish it forever. I had the best time reading it, even though I was on a time crunch to take it back to the library in time. This book read so fast and I got hooked and needed to know what happened after every chapter.
After reading this book, Genya is my absolute favourite character. I love her so much, and I can’t wait to read the The Tailor novella that’s in her POV. I know that people love Zoya and I liked her in Six Of Crows, but she was a bitch in this book. I’m just waiting for her to get nicer so I can like her again XD. And, even though you might’ve forgotten about him because he was only in a few pages at the beginning of the book, I liked Alexei. I’m glad that Leigh Bardugo didn’t make Alina completely forget about him because he died. Alina kept remembering him and feeling sad about it. Because, even though we didn’t see a lot of it, they might’ve had an amazing friendship before the book started. I just like how Leigh did that.
The plot, while it wasn’t the most unique thing I’ve read, was so great and I loved it. It was very much like any YA Fantasy, what with the palace and the balls, but the Grisha element put a delightful spin on it. I didn’t really know what this book was about going into it, and I ended up loving the plot. I wanna be a Grisha!!!
Shadow And Bone definitely reads like Leigh’s first book. And while it wasn’t bad at all, I can definitely see how much better she is in newer books. So I know her writing is going to get much better as the series continues. It’ll be very interesting to read King Of Scars now, to compare her oldest writing to her newest.
I feel like, if you just want to read this book in order to read Six Of Crows, or just to say you’ve read it, it’s easy to read just this one and quit. Shadow and Bone, to me, felt like it could have been an open-ended standalone. There weren’t any major cliffhangers or anything like that, and it wraps up semi-nicely. I mean, I definitely going to continue in with the series, but if you didn’t like it, you won’t feel obligated to read Siege and Storm.
I’ve also seen lots of fanart of this book/series and I must say, it’s GORGEOUS. The amount of detail these people put into their work is outstanding, and I have to applaud them. Go type in “Shadow and Bone” into Tumblr or Pinterest or somewhere like that and you’ll see some absolutely amazing artwork. Go do it!
So there is my review of Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo. It’s funny how the first book I read in January was a Leigh Bardugo book, and my first read of March is also a Leigh Bardugo book! I wonder if the trend will continue…..
I hope you enjoyed this review and please tell me in the comments what you thought of this book. I’m going to crawl back into my reading cave and I’ll see you later. Bye!