Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo is an ace read. I ate Bardugo’s debut up — from the mysterious prologue that shows two refugee orphans being tested for magic to this huge climax of winning and AWESOME towards the end. Y’all high fantasy is totally my thing — as a reader it is ALWAYS my go-to genre. I opened Shadow And Bone with a bit of trepidation because of this, I mean, what if it sucked? Then my hopes would have been up for nothing.
I can emphatically state, for me, Shadow And Bone did not suck. In fact, it was fairly legit. Alina Starkov lives in a world similar to tsarist Russia – there is even fighting for water ports. Only, in Alina’s country, Ravka, there is a darkness threatening to overtake them all called the Shadowfold which is totally the stuff of nightmares. THEN! There are also these people among the Ravka population called Grisha. These people have magical powers and there is one dude who leads them called The Darkling, like a total douche, I know. AND HE HAS HIS EYES ON ALINA who has her eyes on Mal, her childhood BFF.
With a Russian flavor, Grisha magic and a hint of romance, Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo is enchanting. I was entranced by the Grisha — which I’ll talk a little bit more about because they really made the book for me. Each Grisha has a different focus for their powers. Where you fit into the hierarchy depends on how powerful you are. Some Grisha can split people in half — others make things, and still some amplify the powers of the Grisha around them and turn it up to 11, so to speak. It is utterly fascinating — this magic order and I seriously cannot WAIT to read more about it.
Yet, the real magic of Shadow And Bone is in the kissing. There is kind of a love triangle, friends, I KNOW. But okay, one is all dark and broody and the other person is loyal to the end and has been through it ALL with Alina. And you guys the romance is sweet and lovely and sigh inducing to the point where I actually took a pic with instagram in the ARC of the quote I liked.
Friends, I am glad Leigh Bardugo wasn’t ‘chasing a trend’ when writing Shadow And Bone. It is a unique story with superb magic system and press to your heart sort of romance. I, personally, loved Shadow And Bone and I get that others might now, but for me it was an amazing read and a world I can’t wait to get back into.
Disclosure: Received for review BUT THEN I bought my own copy. Figure that one out, FTC.
Other reviews of Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo:
A Reader Of Fictions – “Leigh Bardugo, you are officially a badass”
Paranormal Indulgence – “I haven’t been so thoroughly captured in a long time.”
A Jane Of All Reads – “You’ll have to pardon me whilst I go all fangirl for a second”