Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
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.
So… I actually wrote this review a looong time ago when I first read this book, but somehow I forgot to post it!
It’s been awhile since I’ve been in the mood for a fantasy novel, but it’s been even longer since I’ve heard about this book.
I’ve seen bits and pieces of the fandom, and I’ve been wanting to read the book for awhile, but I definitely need to be in the mood for fantasy (unless it’s a series I’ve read before and enjoyed.)
Well, I finally decided to give it a try and I’m glad I did.
I’ve started and stopped Six of Crows about a zillion times. For some reason, I haven’t been able to get past the first chapter. I couldn’t seem to keep track of the characters or what was going on and I was a little worried that it would be the same for Shadow and Bone (since they both take place in the same universe.)
But, it wasn’t.
I was sucked into the story right away and it held onto me until the very end. I think the best part of this novel was the fact that I didn’t find it predictable at all.
Now, to be fair, that isn’t saying much because I make it a point to try not to envision what is going to happen next, I like to be surprised.
I think the only downside of this book, for me, was I had high expectations for the romance in this book and I was a bit disappointed. As a self-proclaimed romance wh*re, the thing I love most about fantasy or paranormal novels, is that a lot of the time if there is a romance storyline, it’s epic in a way that contemporary books just cannot be. When you throw in magic or supernatural situations into a romance – you have endless opportunities to make it amazing.
The romance in this book fell a little flat for me.
Since I’m not a huge fantasy reader unless there is a good romance subplot in it, this book wasn’t a five star read, however I truly did appreciate the story.
Audiobook Performance: 4 stars
Butterfly Rating: 1 Star
Re-read Worthiness: Yes
Bookshelf Placement: Yes
Book Boyfriend Rating: 2 stars