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Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy) (edition 2012)

by Leigh Bardugo

Series: Grisha (1)

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Title:Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy)
Authors:Leigh Bardugo
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 368 pages
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Tags:fiction, young adult, fantasy, magic, ability, monster, orphans, monsters

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The land of Ravka is ravaged by war, split in half by the deadly "Fold" filled with darkness and blood thirsty creatures. A group of powerful (in more ways than one) individuals serve under the king, gifted with various talents and attributes (ability to summon and manipulate fire, wind, water, the ability to heal and kill, etc) called Grisha. Children are tested for abilities that signify them as Grisha from a young age, and subsequently sent to Os Alta to be trained and put to use for the king. Privileged and esteemed members of society. Alina Starkov grew up an orphan, taken in by a Duke with a big heart who ran an orphanage, she was always a mousy little girl who no one really bothered to remember, nothing special. With only her best friend Mal by her side, she didn't really need much, content with her life and the comfort of her best friend. Fast forward some years and Alina is now a mapmaker, serving the king in the First Army alongside Mal, who has grown to be the most talented tracker in the Army (and not so hard on the eyes either). After a deadly trip into the Fold, Alina has discovered a power inside of herself that she never knew was there, a power that takes her on a whirlwind trip to Os Alta, away from Mal, into the Grisha World. Here she must hone her powers under the guidance of The Darkling, the most powerful Grisha of all (also not so bad looking- see where I'm going with this?), while trying to determine her place within this new world, who is on her side, and who isn't. Can she shoulder the responsibility thrust upon her to destroy the Fold with her newly awakened powers?

I seriously loved this book. Not only does Leigh create an insanely imaginative fictional world in Ravka but the plot line is stellar. There was never a dull moment, no filler or fluff here. Every single thing she writes sets the reader up for the storyline, small details weaving themselves back into the story. The attention to detail in her writing really brings to life her literary world, from the decadent architecture and lavishness of Os Alta, to the bleak darkness of the Fold, she captures the readers imagination from page one. Alinas character development is very well paced and appropriate as she journeys through her training in Os Alta. I really liked her spark of rebellion and sass coupled with her humility and uncertainty. The Darkling is such an interesting character, he's probably the one I'm looking forward to the most when I pick up the second book (like, as soon as I finish writing this review). Mal is so loveable and brave. The evolution of his relationship with Alina was exciting and endearing to watch unfold and develop more. Full of suspense, action, and thrills this is a book you can't put down! ( )
  courtneygiraldo | Sep 19, 2016 |
Alina Starkov is an orphan in alt-Russia, which is hampered by a dangerous magical rift dividing the kingdom from the sea; it can be crossed, but only with great danger. On her first crossing, an attack leads to the revelation that Alina is a Grisha (magical person) of great power, and she’s taken to the capital where she meets the inbred King, deals with palace intrigue, and falls under the spell of the Darkling, the most powerful Grisha in the kingdom. Will she help him destroy the Rift, or is his plan something different? Decent YA, but nowhere as complex and interesting as Six of Crows--a bit like Dragonsinger, with more romance. ( )
  rivkat | Sep 6, 2016 |
3.5 / 5 ( )
  Amanda105 | Sep 5, 2016 |
It this is the first and it is as good as I thought it would be, can't wait for the other two !! ( )
  MrNattania | Sep 5, 2016 |
It this is the first and it is as good as I thought it would be, can't wait for the other two !! ( )
  JeffreyNattania | Aug 29, 2016 |
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Bardugo, Leighprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ahrens, HenningTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Deas, RichCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fortgang, LaurenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thompson, KeithMap artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wang, JenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ward, AprilDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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
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Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegâe of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.… (more)

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