Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Book 1 in the Grisha trilogy
Genre: YA fantasy
I know I’m jumping on the band wagon really late, but I loved Shadow and Bone. It was a gripping fantasy, and I seriously wish I’d read it sooner.
It was strong, detailed, and unpredictable. In the first chapter we were already getting an idea of what was going on, and Alina’s power was revealed after only a few chapters. I enjoyed the fast pace because it made for a really fun read, but it also wasn’t hard for me to keep up with the story.
All of the characters were really interesting, realistic, and easy to form feelings for. I thought Alina was a great lead; she was naïve and unsure at first, but she grew out of that slowly but surely. I liked that she was so curious, and a tad defiant as well. I had mixed feelings about the Darkling until the end, when he was a total jerk. He was cold toward Alina, then warm, cold, warm, hot, and then cold again. He was really well-developed and intriguing, and I enjoyed the idea of him and Alina together until that big twist. And after that, I shifted to liking Mal way more. He’s quiet but he’s passionate and he cares so much more than the Darkling. I think there’s something special about him that hasn’t been revealed yet, and about Genya also. She has a power that seems more significant than it’s said to be, and I had some unanswered questions about her at the end of the book.
Ravka was an exquisitely developed world. It was full of detail, and unlike any other fictional world I’ve read about. It was so intriguing to adventure in, and I’m looking forward to diving back in when I eventually read Siege and Storm. I think the only world I’ve been able to picture as clearly as Ravka and loved as much so quickly is Erilea and Terrasen. 😀
There wasn’t really any romance in this book, and I’m okay with that. Something seemed to be budding between Alina and the Darkling, but that fizzed out fairly quickly in my opinion. I think something intimate may develop with Alina and Mal, because they already have a deep friendship and there’s been a confession or two. I’ve heard that people root for the former couple, but at the moment, I’m rooting for the latter. And as for non-romantic relationships, I really liked the friendship that formed between Alina and Genya. I’m just hoping that nothing funky happens involving Genya, because in the back of my mind I developed a small suspicion towards her at the end of the story. Alina deserves a friend like Genya, so I’ll be kind of disappointed if she turns out to have ulterior motives.
This book was full of surprises. That’s the simplest way to put it. Obviously Alina’s power wasn’t one of them, since it’s mentioned in the dust jacket summary. But later on, there were a bunch of twists. I was anticipating every chapter, and I looked forward to reading more at every chance I got. The end was especially satisfying in several ways, but it did still leave me with some questions and suspicions. Just like a great book is supposed to do. 😉
other aspects I liked
This kind of goes with the world part, but I really liked the concept and execution of the Grisha. It’s an idea that could’ve gone really wrong, but Leigh managed it brilliantly.
Shadow and Bone was a brilliant book, and I’m so glad I finally read it. My only problem is that I didn’t read it sooner. I’ll definitely be looking for Siege and Storm next time I go to the library! 😀
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars
So this is the other type of review I wanted to try. I’ve seen a couple other blogs do reviews in a format like this, and I wanted to try it. I really like it. What do you think? 🙂
Until next time- Olivia ❤