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.
Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.
I’m so glad I liked this! I bought the entire trilogy, and I didn’t want to end up not liking it.
The characters were all so interesting, and I loved how each of them contributed to making the story great. So Alina is a mapmaker who journeys into the shadow fold, and discovers she’s not an ordinary girl. Everything in her life changes after that journey.
It wasn’t all perfect for Alina. She struggled with insecurities and feeling inadequate, but she got over them. The relationships she has with Mal and The Darkling were what made me not want to stop reading. I didn’t think there was a love triangle. I mean, come on, really guys? The other one is just despicable.
I hope the second book is just as enjoyable as this one!