Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha Trilogy
Original Date Started: June 17, 2013
Original Date Finished: June 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover from my local library
Ever since they were kids it’s always been Alina and Mal against the world. Orphaned at a young age, they both grew up in the same orphanage and haven’t left each others side since. They both enlist into Ravka’s First Army and are about to do an impossible task. They’re about to cross the Shadow Fold, a mysterious layer of complete darkness – monsters called volcra included – that appeared long before Alina and Mal were born. Everyone is nervous because not all who enter return alive, and halfway through the crossing they are attacked by the demons and Alina believes them to be doomed.
That’s when something odd happens that changes Alina’s fate forever. A burst of light emits from her and fights back the darkness. She is immediately taken to the Darkling – the master of all Grisha – and is tested. She is found to have the power to call the light, a Sun Summoner, and she is tasked in saving all of Ravka from the Shadow Fold.
But not everything is what it seems. Even though Alina finally feels like she belongs somewhere and is harboring feelings for the Darkling, she is reminded that sometimes being powerful isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.
This isn’t the first time I’ve read this book as I’ve mentioned before. I read it last summer and for some reason it took me longer to read it last year than it did this time around. I seriously finished it in a day. I found the story entertaining and intriguing. Alina is just like any other teenaged girl (did the book ever mention how old she is?) who feels like she doesn’t belong and who has fallen for her best friend who doesn’t know how she feels. She tries to be strong because of the life she’s lead up to this point, but still wants things to be fair. Mal is…I don’t really have any words for Mal. He’s the usual male best friend, he cares for Alina like a sister and loves having her around. It isn’t until she’s gone to live with the Grisha that he realizes just how much he cares for her.
The Darkling is also kind of cool. When you first meet him you realize the depth of his powers, but as you get to know him, you realize that his powers are only half of who he is. And the twist that Bardugo throws in near the end kind of threw me for a loop both times I’ve read it. Although, I guess I should have known better considering he is the Darkling.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Great book with an interesting plot and characters. Intrigued to see where the series goes next. Only reason I didn’t really like it was because of the whole best friend relationship angle again. Why can’t they just be friends?
Bookshelf worthy? If I had the room yes, because the cover art is really beautiful.