shadow and bone

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

General Review (No Spoilers)

I was a little unsure of this book before I started, it did look good so I went for it and I was so glad I did, it was amazing. The story flowed really well, was really enjoyable and had me wanting more. I really liked the characters and the storyline, I know I shouldn’t but I loved the Darkling. I cannot wait to read the second one.

5 stars out of 5

Step by Step Overview (Spoilers)

0% – Looks in depth and full of excitement, dark and ominous. It looks good.

10% – How do I describe what I am feeling right now? I don’t want to put the book down. I want to keep reading until I know everything about this land and about Alina and Mal.

20% – I am guessing she she eventually saves her lands from the evil sources. I am so entranced. The writing style is beautiful and the story is just as enchanting. I just wish there was some more explanation for some of the terms.

30% I think she will end up with the Darkling. The King seems ghastly. I like Genya I hope she is in it more.

40% – A library with doors carved to look like a book. I want so badly. Aww poor Genya.

50% – Where is Mal? Has he been writing but they don’t want any ties to her old life? What does the Apparat want? He is really creepy.

60% – Ooh I knew he liked her. The display at the ball sounds like it would be a sight to see.

70% – He hates that he likes a girl? I am not sure that I believe that the Darkling is evil.

90% – Is the Darkling going to be able to expand the Shadow Fold or is Alina going to destroy it, I am guessing expand since it is a trilogy.

100% – Wow what an ending. How is Alina going to get rid of the shadow fold? Looking forward to finding out.