Sunday, 30 October 2016

Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo

General Info
Rating: ★★★★.25

Where I got it: Local Bookstore

Short reaction: but wait what? ARGHH I need the second book!!!

Fav Quote: “Fine,” he said with a weary shrug. “Make me your villain.”

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.

Overall opinion: I had been wanting to read this book for such a long time!! And oh am I glad that I finally did!! I regret not reading it sooner!! This is by far one of the most unique ya fantasy books I have ever read! Ahhh I need the sequel as soon as possible!! It was so good!!! And that ending! I died, I need the sequel now!!

Writing: The writing of this book was phenomenal! It takes a while to get into the story but once it gets a hold of you, it won’t let you go!! Leigh Bardugo really pulled me in with her writing style! The Russian inspired names and words also really add to her writing style and make it so mysterious and extra beautiful! I can’t wait to read more of her books!!

Plot: What’s also really good about this book is its intriguing and original plot! You might think this is, again, one of those stereotypical ya books about an ordinary girl who turns out to be powerful but trust me it’s not! There is so much more to the story! I absolutely loved the magic system, the Order of the Grisha is so interesting! I wish it was explained more in the book though, hopefully I will get to know more about it in the sequel!!

World: The setting of this book might be the best part of all! It is set in a fantasy world influenced by (I think) Russian culture. This made it such a unique world! It gave a very medieval feeling but it’s also really modern at the same time with the guns and all. It was really interesting to see a combination like this! The world building was amazing!! I’m already looking forward to going back to the world when I pick up the sequel!

Characters: I found the characters to be so unique and diverse! Each character had its own unique personality which really brought the story to life! My favourite character has to be the Darkling!! I just love him so much! I really like Alina as well!! I’m still not sure how I feel about Mal so I want to read the other books first before I make up my mind about him :)

Relationships: The relationships in this book were a bit vague at first. I didn’t really understand them but as the book progressed it became more clear! I think Leigh Bardugo did a great job on all the different relationships between Alina, the Darkling, Mal and all the other Grisha!

Layout: The book itself is a piece of art!! I mean look at that cover!! But that is not all, the chapter headings are so stunning as well! And the map, oh the map is definitely the best part of all! It’s so mind-blowingly gorgeous! I can’t stop looking at it! I tried to look at the map at every mention of a place name I could find! :)

Sum-up: So aside from the slow (ish) start, this book was absolutely phenomenal! Really unique and interesting with diverse characters and amazing world building. I’d definitely recommend this book to all fantasy and non-fantasy lovers!! Seriously read it as soon as possible! Don’t procrastinate like I did! :)

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