Bookreview: Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

If you haven’t watched Sam‘s videos yet, you’re missing out. I appreciate how honest she is. If she likes a book, she will praise it to the heavens and back. If she dislikes a book, well… you’ll know it too.

One of the book series she’s been loving is the Grisha trilogy. She brings the books up every now and then and every time I put them on my mental tbr.

Last week, she was praising them again and I couldn’t put it off any longer, I just had to read them.

So I picked up the first book in the trilogy: Shadow and Bone.

Shadow and Bone Leigh Bardugo

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.

This book is super fast-paced, it took me a bit by surprise. A good surprise! This was exactly the kind of read I needed.
There’s a lot of action and I just wanted to keep reading and reading. At one point, I had to force myself to put the book down and go to sleep or I would have been a zombie at work the next day.

I liked pretty much everything about this book. The characters are interesting, the story-line twists and turns, the magic is well-explained and all of this means that you can imagine yourself in this world.
It’s always a good thing if a fantasy world is made accessible and believable. The thing I liked most however, was The Darkling.. for obvious reasons.. 😉

Let’s focus on the main-character. Alina Starkov is both strong and weak which is precisely what I like about her.
She’s strong in her will and character (and power) but she’s also weak in her longing to fit in and her trust in the wrong people (and because of that power…). I like how she’s never the hero. At least not really.. not yet. Maybe that will change in the next two books. We’ll have to wait and see.

I was a little disappointed in the ending. It all happened a bit fast and could have done with a slightly slower pace and more details but hey, I’m not complaining.
The majority of this book is really, really good.

I have moved on to book two and it’s taking some effort to get back in that “can’t stop reading” mood.
I guess when the pace will pick up again, it’ll be harder to put it down but for now I’m slowly making my way through.

Have you read this series?
Did you like it?




5 thoughts on “Bookreview: Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo”

  1. I’ve read the first book !! I agree I liked the characters and storyline and plot and all that but for me it kept me interested but not to the point where I was thinking about it all day like some books have. I still really really enjoyed but because of that I personally gave it a 3.5 stars. Still really liked it though. And I’m gonna start the second one 🙂

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