Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone

Book - 2013 | First Square Fish edition
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Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.
Publisher: New York : Square Fish, 2013
Edition: First Square Fish edition
ISBN: 9781451796148
1451796145
9781250027436
1250027438
9781250048110
1250048117
Characteristics: 358 pages, 50 unnumbered pages : map ; 21 cm

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Snieto1
Aug 29, 2017

Exceded all my expectations, despite all the mixed reviews saying that Leigh's first book wasn't really good I found the plot, writing style, and overall aura very enjoyable. 5 stars

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heavenne
Jun 21, 2017

Fantastic book - albeit with the template of "Girl finds out she has powers and goes to a school to enhance them". It's still worth the read due to the unique setting and terminology. I'm definitely going to read the second one!

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ApollosRaven
Jun 21, 2017

Ravka, at war for over 100 years, has been ripped in two by the "Unsea". Orphans Alina and Mal are conscripted into the military, and while crossing the Unsea Alina unexpectedly reveals a rare magical power - one she must learn to use before Ravka's enemies, both external and internal, assassinate her. First in series.

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white_wolf_80
Jun 04, 2017

Fantastic book! I had to stop myself from reading it all in one sitting. A definite must read for fantasy readers

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c_tine
May 10, 2017

This book is AMAZING. You need to read it if you love fantasy with a bit of romance and action. Leigh Bardugo writes great books and I would recommend any of her books.

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mightyminnie
Mar 26, 2017

Loved this book!! Couldn't put it down. Amazing

AL_TIEGAN Feb 23, 2017

The Grisha world that Bardugo has created is very different from any other fantasy you have ever read! In interviews with Bardugo, she has said that she didn't want to write just another fantasy that was set in an England-like world. Instead, she decided to create her world with Russian influences. But I think she goes further than that, because the Shu Han are distinctly Asian and the Fjerdans seem more Swiss/Swedish/Finnish (somewhere around there). However, those nationalities come more into play in her Six of Crows duology. Regardless, the world she has created is absolutely beautiful and very fun in all it's differences for a fantasy buff. I cannot get enough of the Grisha world - the books aren't long enough and there aren't enough written! I hope Bardugo continues expanding and maybe keep writing stories in this world world that move further west - we still haven't seen much of Novyi Zem... =)

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ErikaCh
Jan 01, 2017

Not as good as I thought, maybe because it consists of mostly romance plot. The world building is quite awesome especially with the artsy map at the beginning of the book. I'm looking forward to the next two books hope it has more intense conflicts going on.

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MDodds11
Dec 08, 2016

I really enjoyed this book.

MelifluousView Oct 07, 2016

Alina's search for who she is and who she can trust as she discovers her powers was thoroughly enjoyable.

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Jun 04, 2017

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c_tine
May 16, 2017

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Dec 23, 2016

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lu1234
Jun 06, 2016

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Nymeria23
Jun 27, 2015

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goldbean
Nov 01, 2014

goldbean thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

whitefalcon17 Sep 03, 2014

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Sep 01, 2013

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Jul 26, 2013

panda88 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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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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