Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone

Book - 2012 | 1st ed.
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Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé 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.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805094596
0805094598
Branch Call Number: Y Fic
Characteristics: 358 p. : map ; 22 cm.

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Shadow and Bone

I recommend reading the book, Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo. Alina Starkov and her best friend, Mal, were sadly orphaned by the Border Wars. Drafted into the army of their war ravished land, Alina and Mal are sent into the "Fold", a bucketful of unnatural darkness filled with monsters and creepers who have a taste for human skin. While Alina's convoy was being attacked, Alina discovers a … (more)


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chelseawen
Jul 28, 2020

I really loved this book in general. I loved the characters and watching Alina grow as a Grisha. There are twists and turns that surprise you and it was definitely really enjoyable. However I do have one complaint, and that is when Alina somehow magically gets control of her power and when Alina magically can fight the control of the stag collar. Like all of a sudden she can do this??? I think when Alina could control her power I think it had to do with letting Mal go and forgetting him or was it just realizing she had pushed it down all this time? And when she got control of herself was it just because how badly she wanted to save Mal??? It got me kinda confused but sense it's such a good book and the adventures they had were so well written I let it go but I'm still confused.

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julia_sedai
Jul 27, 2020

Fantasy that takes place in a Russia-like place, where have I seen this before? Surprised me, though, that it was pretty good. The world is interesting and I want to read more of the series.

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Alexis_W
Jul 08, 2020

Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone is a very well-written fantasy novel following Alina Starkov, a soldier who is discovered to have a rare type of magic that could save her country and the countries beyond from the darkness of something called the Shadow Fold. She goes to court and trains with the magical elite of her world, the Grisha, in order to master her powers and save her world alongside a man named the Darkling. With a couple of shocking plot twists incorporated seamlessly into the storyline, this book keeps the reader turning page after page until the book comes to a close. The worldbuilding in this novel is excellent, modeled after imperial Russia, and the way that the author approached magic in her book was unlike what I have ever seen before. I was disappointed that Alina’s friend, Mal, did not have a very large role until the end of the book, as he is a very likeable character. The official age rating for this book is 12+, and I believe that is fitting.

lgmosher Jun 16, 2020

I don't have much negativity to say about this book.

Honestly.... It was solid!

Mal is that sexy bff that is oblivious to the shy girl and is the classic "you don't know what you have till it's gone" kind of fellow. I called his character profile in the beginning. He's the playboy, but ultimately chasing after the wrong booty (if you will).

Mal definantly made the story, even though he was only in 2/4ths of it. That's what the book needed, more Mal.

The only thing that got to me was how stupid and whiny Alina was! Like seriously. She tries and tries and all she does is complain.
Then things go her way and she complains about that.
THEN she is surprised when a man that literally, L.I.T.E.R.A.L.L.Y calls himself the dark turns out to be....

Wait for it.....

..... Yup you called it....

EVIL, VILE, SINISTER.... DARK.

I mean come on, it's not his fault you fell for it. Dudes with that much power don't just randomly kiss you at non-romantic times. Like, he just got done insulting you infront of others.
They do however kiss you and then ignore you for the next week... Just saying. The signs were there.

Other than that it was a terrific book. It was exciting and interesting and well, it was a rather good story, that literally was so enthralling that I read it in 7 hours.

There is something about Leigh Bardugo’s writing that is so completely captivating and beautiful, but then it shifts within a paragraph to approachable and hilarious, and one of my favourite things about reading her books is how completely immersed I am in her world. I love the world building she does in this first Grishaverse book; she introduces everything, somehow, without it ever feeling unnatural or out of place. We learn about the orders of Grisha and their colours and their powers and even why their powers exist at all, but it’s never a lecture, and I’m just so impressed by her ability to fit it all in 350 pages.

I love the Darkling with my whole heart. He is the embodiment of the dark, complex, villainous character that I literally always fall for in every book, movie, and TV show ever, and again, from the first moment we meet him, I was just absolutely done. Cooked. All over for me. The scene after the Grisha demonstration is one that has stuck with me since my first read but that still made me yell the second time around. MY DARK ANGEL BABE DESERVES LOVE.

So, clearly, I’m an Alarkling shipper until my dying day, but I also enjoyed Mal more this time around too. He can be frustrating, yes, but I felt the genuine connection between him and Alina more than I did before. He’s...dare I say it...not bad for her. *gasp*

And Alina. My heart of gold, sarcastic, headstrong, sassy Sun Summoner. What more is there to say really?

This series truly has it all. The undercurrent of romance ties together a story full of magic and intrigue and action and twists all over the place. Despite remembering a lot of details, there were also lots that I didn’t, and I gasped out loud at a few different points. For a book to take me by surprise on a second reading, it has to be good. And let me tell you, this is absolutely top-notch YA fantasy. An all time favourite.

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caroette
Sep 25, 2019

It was interesting enough and I will continue the series but it is a very typical YA novel. It was easy to predict what would happen next. The book does have an intriguing premise; come for the magic stay for the romance.

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darkl0rd
Aug 20, 2019

I finished this book within two or three days. I literally could not put it down. The author makes the whole tale so captivating, you just HAVE to keep reading to find out what happens. More often than not, I found myself loving the Darkling more than any other character, because of his interesting back story and mysterious element. I was rooting for he and Alina, but I knew it was too good to be true.
I don’t have many complaints about this book, the only one being that it was cliche in parts and kind of predictable, which made it “eh”, but everything else was perfect. A definite recommend for teens and young adults, as the more “racey” parts are not even bad. Nothing happens. I’m half way through the next book already - can’t wait to leave the next review!

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mdnormand
Jul 20, 2019

My kind of fantasy although a little "typical" for this genre. There is a dark element, a possible love connection and a power waiting to be unleashed. Nothing really new for Teen Fiction, but I still couldn't put it down. Shows what good writing can do. Will highly recommend to my fellow Teen Fantasy readers especially those that enjoy Marie Lu or Kristen Cashore.

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SpeedyLlama
Jul 19, 2019

This book was AMAZING. I loved the fact that the author drew inspiration from Russian history as opposed to the classing European caste system. The characters were well fleshed out, and none of them were perfect. They all had their flaws. The world building is incredible. I feel like Leigh Bardugo took the time to plan out everything in the world, as opposed to most authors who seem like they just make things up on the fly. This is a refreshing book that's much different than your typical fantasy. WARNING: Do not read any of Leigh Bardugo's other series taking place in the Grishaverse before reading this book. There are major spoilers, which sort of ruins the ending of this series.

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tcandelaria1799
Jul 16, 2019

Beautifully written and addicting. I was completely entranced in this world and story. Our character was flawed but courageous and kind. I fell in love.

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chelseawen
Jul 28, 2020

"They are orphans again with no true home but each other and whatever life they can make together on the other side of the sea." - Leigh Bardugo

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pink_beaver_150
Jun 04, 2019

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Nymeria23
Jun 27, 2015

“You're shaking."
"I'm not used to people trying to kill me."
"Really? I hardly notice anymore.”

whitefalcon17 Sep 03, 2014

“I missed you every hour. And you know what the worst part was? It caught me completely by surprise. I'd catch myself just walking around to find you, not for any reason, just out of habit, because I'd seen something that I wanted to tell you about or because I wanted to hear your voice. And then I'd realize that you weren't there anymore, and every time, every single time, it was like having the wind knocked out of me. I've risked my life for you. I've walked half the length of Ravka for you, and I'd do it again and again and again just to be with you, just to starve with you and freeze with you and hear you complain about hard cheese every day. So don't tell me why we don't belong together," he said fiercely.”

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pineapplemango
Jul 17, 2012

“I missed you every hour. And you know what the worst part was? It caught me completely by surprise. I'd catch myself just walking around to find you, not for any reason , just out of habit, because I'd seen something that I wanted to tell you about or because I wanted to hear your voice. And then I'd realize that you weren't there anymore, and every time, every single time, it was like having the wind knocked out of me. I've risked my life for you. I've walked half the length of Ravka for you, and I'd do it again and again and again just to be with you, just to starve with you and freeze with you and hear you complain about hard cheese every day. So don't tell me why we don't belong together," he said fiercely.”

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pineapplemango
Jul 17, 2012

“How did you fare with the Queen?" he asked.
"I have no idea," I said honestly. "Everything she said was perfectly nice, but the whole time she was looking at me as if I were something her dog spit up.”

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pineapplemango
Jul 17, 2012

“I had spared the stag's life. The power of that life belonged to me as surely as it belonged to the man who had taken it.”

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whitefalcon17 Sep 03, 2014

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.

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Nymeria23
Jun 27, 2015

Violence: Man chopped in half, volcra attacks/deaths, etc

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