Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone

The Grisha Trilogy, Book 1

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The Grishaverse will be coming to Netflix soon with Shadow and Bone, an original series!

Enter the Grishaverse with Book One of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold—a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.

Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country's magical military elite—and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.

As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.

Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.

A New York Times Bestseller
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
An Indie Next List Book
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Praise for the Grishaverse

"A master of fantasy." —The Huffington Post
"Utterly, extremely bewitching." —The Guardian
"The best magic universe since Harry Potter." —Bustle
"This is what fantasy is for." —The New York Times Book Review
"[A] world that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp." —NPR
"The darker it gets for the good guys, the better." —Entertainment Weekly
"Sultry, sweeping and picturesque. . . . Impossible to put down." —USA Today
"There's a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo's original epic fantasy that sets it apart." —Vanity Fair
"Unlike anything I've ever read." —Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent
"Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery!" —Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series
"This is a great choice for teenage fans of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien." ?RT Book Reviews
Read all the books in the Grishaverse!

The Shadow and Bone Trilogy
(previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising

The Six of Crows Duology
Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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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.

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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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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