Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo review 

“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.”


This wasn’t my first Leigh Bardugo book. I read the Six of Crows duology last year and hot damn it became a favorite series! I’ve never read a series where I loved and adored all the protagonists equally! So I decided to give this trilogy a try. I’m buddy reading the books with my friend Ronan who loves this trilogy. 

It was so fun being back in this world. I really enjoyed this book. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. I’m loving Alina’s character. I think she’s well written. I’m working on Mal. I don’t love but don’t hate him. Now the Darkling…damn! I was loving that man through most of the book…should have known he would become the villain. His name should have been the huge clue. Oh well. Asshole or not, I still kind of like him in this book. We will see how long that lasts when I start book 2 (Siege and Storm, which I started today). Genya is a fun character too. I do enjoy the world building in this book. I almost wish I would have read this before Six of Crows. I’ll probably go back and reread the duology and I’m sure some stuff will make more sense. 

5/5 🌟

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