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The Gathering Dark by Leigh Bardugo

The Gathering Dark (edition 2012)

by Leigh Bardugo

Series: Grisha (1)

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Title:The Gathering Dark
Authors:Leigh Bardugo
Info:Indigo (2012), Paperback, 320 pages
Collections:Library Loans, Read but unowned
Tags:fiction, read, 2012, library, december, fantasy, eastern european, romance, magic

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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The book in its entirety was good. It had multiple attributes that make it qualify as something above average. The novel involves different subjects or themes that call to different audiences. It's mysterious with that hint of forbidden romance. There's betrayal when one least expects it. The main character, Alina, although in completely different circumstances, can connect on a personal level with the audience. The characters personality itself can be related to young readers in her position, a pariah or unappreciated for lack of better words. It shows how someone that can be considered worthless and unimportant can end up being something great and powerful. Aside from the theme, the story and its plot are interesting and captivating. ( )
  GriseldaA | Jun 11, 2015 |
Great story of love, adventure, and magic. This book starts off with action and keeps you hooked all the way through.

To see my full review of this book visit my blog here:http://brittanysbookrambles.blogspot.com/2013/04/shadow-and-bone-by-leigh-bardugo-review.html ( )
  bpress | Apr 20, 2015 |
Kind of drawing a blank here... Can't say I didn't enjoy reading this story, which was almost compelling, almost exciting, almost original and almost romantic. If only it weren't for all those almosts... The whole time it reminded me of N.K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, only that book was filled with incredible & interesting mythology instead of slightly changed Russian-ish setting. I get that most people feel that the author should have done some research on Russian words/last names etc., but I'm pretty sure it wasn't the lack of research that made those words slightly inaccurate; it felt more like an attempt to turn a familiar setting unfamiliar - to get across the point it is not actually Russia, and in this world people get drunk on kvas and use their magic powers to make themselves pretty and grow fruit and flowers.

The only character that seemed to be a little less complicated and real, for the lack of a better word, was, of course, the Darkling. It is true, though, that villains are always the most interesting. He had something dark, as well as something humane in him - he was driven and ambitious, which made him much more interesting than uncomplicated Alina & Mal. Though Alina got more interesting at the end when she became a little less good and a little more dark. ( )
  v_allery | Apr 19, 2015 |
I loved the setting of this book--an embattled kingdom inspired by imperial Russia with the noteworthy addition of magic--as much as I enjoyed its story. While Alina Starkov is serving as an apprentice map maker in the army a deadly battlefield encounter on the monster-filled Shadow Fold forces out her dormant magical powers and brings her to the attention of the Tsar. Almost immediately Alina finds herself propelled into the opulent, demanding world of the Grisha, magicians trained from an early age to serve their country.

Alina is used to hard work, but in contrast to most Grisha she grew up an orphan peasant girl, living dormitory style with other war-stranded children on the estate of a charitable duke. Since her schooling in magic is starting much later than her Grisha peers, Alina has trouble fitting into their elite and cliquish group. Other issues include the corruption and incompetence of the royal family, the impassible zone of magic-made monsters that bisects and divides the country, the difficulty of knowing who to trust or believe, and the fact that Alina is expected to help save her country with a flashy magical power she can’t control. Plus there are boy problems, but these are at least as poignant as they are predictable.

Alina is a great POV character, contemplative but not a pushover, willing to jump into hopeless danger to try to save a friend, and full of slightly barbed but disarmingly candid comebacks. I wanted to read myself into a well imagined alternate domain, and Leigh Bardugo’s world conjuring skills were everything I hoped for. Between this book and Rachel Hartman’s Shadow Scale I’ve discovered I love a story with maps. Shadow and Bone is the first of a trilogy and (Oh happy day!) all three books are already published so there need be no waiting if you get caught up. Plus the covers are wonderful. ( )
  Jaylia3 | Mar 11, 2015 |
Great characters and wonderful world building. I really enjoyed this one and can't wait to read more. ( )
  BookaholicCat | Mar 4, 2015 |
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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
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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 protege 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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