The Shadow and Bone : Book 1, Paperback Book

The Shadow and Bone : Book 1 Paperback

Part of the The Grisha series

4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The first fantasy romance in the glorious Grisha trilogy by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.

Lonely orphan Alina discovers she has a power that could save her kingdom.

But with power comes a choice - between the seductive, powerful Darkling and her childhood friend, Mal. 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 is a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha.

If Alina is to fulfil 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?

This gorgeous new paperback edition contains special bonus content never before seen in the UK - a must-have for any fan of Leigh Bardugo!


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9781780622262



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So only a sick and twisted person would still ship Alina and The Darkling right? .... well, I always knew something was off with me :P.I wasn't that sure of what to expect when I started reading it, but I'll tell you one thing, this book was without a doubt so much better than I have hoped. I recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy YA books, well worth the read.This book... so many feels. Need my hands on the next one already damn it.

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really enjoyed this book, I don't really read a lot of fantasy, however I am gradually weaning myself in slowly.Shadow and Bone is told by Alina's POV throughout the book. The story starts off slow with story of Alina and Mal becoming orphans and meeting some Grisha and then jumps to present day and goes at a fairly good pace throughout the book.The book is set in russian-esque setting and makes the story feel more mystical.. There seems to be magic but not a lot of mystical creatures the main being the Volcra.The book does jump back and forward in time from when Alina and Mal were growing up to flashbacks and present day, however the time period in which the story is set is not clear.There is a map at the front of the book which helped a lot with the world building as I could follow Alina on her travels. The world building was fantastic as I felt I was there beside them witnessing this surreal world and the Volcra.I had a few problems with the book:How is the darkling 120 years old but looks the same age as Alina? There is not much of a back story to the Darkling. Yeah he lived so long because of his powers, but the book didn't delve into Grisha's life expectancy, this is something minor but I need to know these things.The world of Grisha is very vain and annoying, they all have to be beautiful and if their not, they have somebody who can make them *perfect* so to speak. All the clothes and the setting that they reside has to be nothing but sheer beauty and the best.I thought Alina was annoying, very shallow and her feelings of being inept was getting on my nerves. Mal was portrayed as being a player at the start of the book but actually he is a very sweet and caring guy who will do anything for AlinaI found it a bit confusing when they called 'the unsea' the shadow fold and also the color coding caste of the Grisha was a bit too much to get a grasp of, in the end I just let it go over my head as you didn't really need to know and wasnt necessary for you to be able to follow the storyline.This book explores love triangles, forbidden love, betrayal, Vanity, Greed and war.There is a lot of hype around this series with even Veronica Roth the author of Divergent quoting "unlike anything I have ever read" For me personally this book is good and an easy read, however I felt it could have been written and explained a bit better.

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