[Review #75] Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Cover - Review Title: Shadow and Bone
Series: The Grisha
Book one
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: High Fantasy
Young Adult


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.


Uh. Whoa.

Shadow and Bone is one of those books that I can not believe I nearly didn’t pick up. I would have missed out on one amazing book!

This book was awesome! I loved it! It was so much fun to read. I loved Alina and how she grew throughout the book.

At the beginning of the book I thought this story was going to go in one direction but then something happened and changed my mind where I was convinced it was going to go in another direction. But then BAM it completely changed again. I was surprised, thrilled and entertained while I read this.

There were some characters in the book that I thought I had figured out but then by the I realised I really had had no idea because they had hidden things from Alina, which in turn meant we didn’t know anything about them either, I like that. I liked that all the characters were very well rounded and believable.

Overall, I really, really liked Shadow and Bone. I thought it was awesome read and I can’t believe this was a book I hadn’t ever thought about reading. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

I recommend this if you like fantasy and a bit of adventure and self discovery! Well, really, I recommend you give this a go even if you’re not too sure about it.

Miss J

Similar: The Graceling Realm series, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Shadowfell, The Assassin’s Curse


14 thoughts on “[Review #75] Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

    • Shadow and Bone was definitely one fantastic read. I loved the world, Alina’s character growth and the Darkling was a very interesting character. It’s definitely a fantasy you need to pick up! :)

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  7. Shadow & Bone was such a fun read for me! Glad to see someone else enjoyed it, too. I checked it out shortly after it was published, and I’m happy I did — my only regret is zipping through the book so quickly. I’m excitedly awaiting Siege & Storm’s release–just a couple months left now!–and there is talks of movie adaptions, which I’d actually like to see.

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