Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone #1) by Leigh Bardugo

EXCUSE ME FOR A MINUTE.

This book deserves a lot of the hype it’s given. Don’t let the Six of Crows duology dissuade you from reading this if you think you’d like it.

Sure, it’s a chosen one story. A girl, Alina, discovers that she isn’t like other humans, she is in fact Grisha, able to manipulate elements, and literally summon the sun, unlike any Grisha that has come before her. As usual in a story like this, she’s expected to save the world and she isn’t quite sure how to do it. Add to this a hopeless one-sided romance with her best friend, and the dangerous allure of the most powerful Grisha in the kingdom, whose quest to end the darkness plaguing their country is clouded by dubious morals.

Sounds kinda lame when I put it like that, right? Sorry, I know I haven’t done a good job summing this story up. But— BUT.

There I was, minding my own business, wandering along the book expecting things to get terrible. And it didn't. I'm not saying I'm mad, but could someone have been a little less ambivalent about how heart-pounding-ly good Bardugo's writing is? Everyone is in love with Six of Crows, the Dregs! Ooh, the leader is so heartless, but there are those lovable ragamuffins who tag along, and yeah, even the bad ones grow on you— and that kid, and on and on. Yeah, I’m obsessed with those books, too. But everyone who has read both of her series was like “eh, it’s not as good.”

BUT! But this look that I am getting into Ravkan history is astounding! The drama is terrific! I’m rooting for both sides, I’m so conflicted and IT WAS REALLY INTENSE. Yeah, Alina is "a chosen one" but she’s epic! Her power could light the world on fire!!!

This book has honestly been played down too much. It’s a good length, the writing is fresh and tight, the characters feel fully formed. I'm so grateful for a setting that isn't a rehash of England or the USA.

I’m so h*cking excited to read the next book.

Pages: 358
Year: June 5th 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Read: 4 Jun 17 to 14 Jun 17
Stars: 4 (really liked it)