Book Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – 5 Stars!

Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #1
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Released: June 5, 2012

Book Summary:

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.


How did I miss out on reading this one and why haven’t I heard more about it?  LOVED THIS ONE!! Seriously it was so good!!

See all those exclamation points?  There is a reason….Shadow and Bone is probably the best start to a series I have read in a long time.  It’s one of those books that is worth reading before the series is finished because it is unforgettable.

If you enjoy young adult fantasy I highly recommend you give this one a try sooner rather than later!

Rating: 5 Stars – I loved it!


Content: Some language but only about a half dozen times in the whole book, some sexual innuendo, a scene with kissing and wandering hands on a bare thigh but it’s interrupted before anything more happens.

Genre/Age Lever: Young Adult Fantasy for 14-16+

Finished Reading January 7, 2013