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Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone

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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.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805094596
0805094598
Branch Call Number: Y FIC BARD
Characteristics: 358 pages : map ; 22 cm.

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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.


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wingertdj
May 12, 2021

“Shadow & Bone” by Leigh Bardugo has a great premise and she creates an interesting world. It is a YA novel, which I can and do enjoy even at my advanced age. This book seems as though it is written for tweens and maybe it was. The local is generic, though the names seem to be Russian. Once the heroine’s power is discovered, we get a rehash of the usual fish out of water, mean and backstabbing girls, Harry Potter lite fare. That said, I still was able to enjoy the book, though I have no intention to read the sequels.

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SolvayGirl
May 09, 2021

3.75 Stars.
Bardugo has created an exciting world and system of magic, but oh how I wish someone would write a YA series without a tiresome love triangle.
Though some of the book was a bit predictable, especially the ending,—I'm old and have been reading fantasy for a very long time—Bardugo's world was so unique I could cut her some slack. As a whole, this was a very fun read, though it will be a while before I read the next installment since I only have time for audiobooks, and thanks to an exclusive contract with Audible I'd need to buy it as I did this one. My library does not carry the audiobooks. After reading the reviews of Book Two, which were not stellar, I am not ready to spend the money on something that I may not enjoy even as much as I did this one, and if you read my following aside you'll see why I spent the money to buy Book One.

AN ASIDE: I read this in preparation to watch the series on Netflix, then was confused when an entirely new set of characters and storyline showed up in the series. I had to go online and query as to who these people were. Did I miss a huge swath of the book? No, I just hadn't read Bardugo's Crow duology set in the same universe. No need to buy and read Book Two since the second Netflix season will likely go off on it's own trajectory.

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sjarrell0
Apr 22, 2021

After years of hearing about this book I was curious to know what all the excitement over it was about. After reading the first chapter I found the answer. The world building is incredibly and creatively done. The relationships between the characters are intricate. The twists are unexpected.

But one of the main reasons why this story is so compelling is because of the unknown origin of Alina’s story/ powers & the Darkling’s motivations and decisions. And of course the friendship between Alina & Mal which is possibly my favorite thing maybe EVER.

Loved this story with all of my heart. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

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BeauCoquelicot
Apr 08, 2021

CF Sci Fi Rec

WPL_Erin Mar 18, 2021

2.75
It was fine. More world building and character development would have been nice. I still don’t really know what Alina, Mal or even The Darkling (to some extent) looks like. I also felt like I was playing catch-up a lot of the time with all the terminology and types of Grisha.

I honestly would have just liked more. Not because I loved the story but because everything felt half explained. The story was entertaining if a bit predictable. But a lot felt like it was too easy. Her training was too easy, and all of a sudden she’s a master? I would have liked more of a build up, a bit of tension here and there. Honestly I think I might just be done with YA fantasy unfortunately. Everything I read lately leaves me unsatisfied, which has me thinking I need to move on.

LoganLib_Sheridan Mar 11, 2021

Look, Six of Crows will always be my favorite books of the Grisha universe but I did find a new appreciation for these books on my re-read in preparation for the series on Netflix. I don't know if it was because I was listening via audiobook or having enjoyed SoC so much.

I think the love triangle in this book was interesting, Mal is very forgiving and loyal. I am also concerned as to why have to keep making villain's attractive (come to the dark side we have cookies?). Even when they know he's evil they still follow him!

Leigh is amazing at world building, you are introduced to the world at exactly the right pace and understanding just seems to come seamlessly. The world has a russianesque or steam punk feel but is also completely original with Grisha who are magicians... but also not (according to them anyway). I also love all the different types of Grisha and the sub classifications. It's also interesting how there is a hierarchy.

I kind of like this getting caught up in the swirl of things trope. Alina is a nobody and then all of a sudden she's Somebody. I think it would very easy to get caught up in this and ignore warning signs. There is a lot going for Alina as she is pretty much thrust into a new life.

I love the complex relationships Leigh Bardugo weaves. I think both SaB and SoC are very character based but I think SoC has a bit more action and plot though this could also be because this is the first book.

I'm having fun rereading this because I really can't remember what happens. I'm barely even having those 'uh-huh' moments where you remember what's happening as you're reading! So that's making things interesting and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series because I can't remember what happens!

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revaapatel
Jan 17, 2021

Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone is an enrapturing fantasy that follows Alina Starkov's journey as she discovers hidden talents inside of her. It is filled with plot twists and surprises that will be sure to keep you on your toes. Shadow and Bone is filled with heartbreak and love and is a great read for anyone trying to get into reading! It is exciting to add that a Netflix show series based on this series will be coming out later this year as well.

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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.

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The problem with wanting is that it makes us weak.

How right he was. I’d wanted so badly to belong somewhere, anywhere. I’d been so eager to please him, so proud to keep his secrets. But I’d never bothered to question what he might really want, what his true motives might be. I’d been too busy imagining myself by his side, the savior of Ravka, most treasured, most desired, like some kind of queen. I’d made it so easy for him.

You and I are going to change the world. Just wait.

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indigo_wolf_391
Mar 24, 2021

" ' There's nothing wrong with being a lizard either. Unless you were born to be a hawk.' "

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indigo_wolf_391
Mar 24, 2021

" ' We all did our part to bring about the end of the world.' "

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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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