Book Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and BoneTitle: Shadow and Bone

Series: The Grisha, #1

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Summary: 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. -Goodreads


**No spoilers!

Shadow and Bone was recommended to me by a fellow internet person who told me that she loved it.  So I immediately got it from my library and began to read. 😀

I got it about a month ago, at the end of July/beginning of August period, and I finished it not too long ago.  It took me a while to read it because that time usually gets busy for me.  Also, because it’s a fantasy read, you have to take into account that it’s a whole new world that you’re being submerged in, so it might take you a while to become in sync with the book.  There might be some confusion here and there, as there was for me.  Mainly, I think that was because I’m not familiar with this author or her writing style.  The concept also might be confusing to you, but there’s a lot to be explained, so just hang in there!  But once you get past that, it’s pretty much smooth sailing from there, and that’s when all the fun starts. 😀

Let me just address this really quick: I liked the Darkling.

Like, a lot.

I’m not going to talk too much about the Darkling, though, because I don’t want to give anything away, so I’m just going to leave you with this: he will sweep you off your feet.  Maybe even literally. XD

I’m not sure how I felt about the pacing of the book.  Sometimes it was super fast-paced, keeping me at the edge of my seat, but other times it dragged with really long descriptions.

I made a few predictions while reading, and I actually got some of them right.  Again, I’m not going to talk about those predictions, because, spoilers. >.< But it’s always nice to be right in a prediction, as long as the story isn’t too predictable.

I also liked Baghra a lot for some reason.  She was kind of scary, but kind of cool…?  I don’t know.

My notes say that I was reminded of The Hunger Games, but I can’t remember how.  All I know is that both in the beginning and at the end of Shadow and Bone, I had feelings of THG.

Let’s talk about Alina.  Now, I have this weird condition where I pretty much hate every main protagonist I encounter.  I don’t know why, they just get on my nerves.  I didn’t really like Tris (Divergent), or Clary (The Mortal Instruments), or Bella (Twilight), or June (Legend), or Sydney (Bloodlines), not really a big fan of Rose (Vampire Academy).  Main characters get on my nerves.

Anyway, Alina fell into this category (it’s kind of rare when a main character doesn’t fall into this category for me >.<).  I can’t really explain why I feel this way about her, or any of the other main characters I listed.

But I loved Mal and the Darkling. XD And I liked Genya as well, but after reading the book, I’m not completely sure about her.  Hmm.

Anyway, I think I’ve covered everything on Shadow and Bone.  In the end, it was an awesome read with many action-y parts, and swoon-worthy dudes, and plot twists, and all that good stuff. ^-^ 4/5 stars for this book, and the only reason I deducted a star was because of my initial confusion about the premise of the story.

Have you read Shadow and Bone?  Did you like it?  Or no?  Let me know down below, and if you’ve reviewed it, I’d love to read your reviews!


4 thoughts on “Book Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

  1. Ah, Shadow And Bone, one of my favorite reads this year! I really have to remind myself to read the sequels soon… I can understand why you deducted a star though, the beginning was a bit confusing. Although that doesn’t take away the fact that I thought this book was awesome. 😀


  2. Oh gosh I absolutely adores Shadow & Bone when I read it last year. I went in with no expectations, as I read it before I started blogging, and was completely blown away.

    I do agree with you about the pacing. It does get fast and slow at random points (and that does continue throughout the series, unfortunately).

    THE DARKLING. I cannot even with the Darkling. He most certainly swept me off my feet, haha. I can’t resist characters like him at all.

    I liked Alina enough, but she definitely isn’t my favourite main character, mainly because of her whining XD

    Anyway, I’m glad you liked it 😀


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