Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone

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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 :, Henry Holt,, 2012
ISBN: 9780805097108
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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happycanuck
Apr 23, 2019

This a new author to me and I really loved her book. Good plot and character development. Found it a little strange that 2/3 of the way through, she gives some acknowledgements which make one think that the book has come to an early end but it actually has not.

Hope those people who are reading the next installment from the library are prompt to return it when they have finished because I am among those near the bottom of the waiting list.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 21, 2019

This series has blown me away. I was completely surprised by the type of world that was built. It was not something that I have encountered before. It was action packed and I cared for the characters.

JCLHebahA Jan 22, 2019

Plenty of familiar tropes abound in this, but a sympathetic heroine and fascinating world made it a compelling enough read that I was almost tempted to brave icy roads to get the rest of the trilogy in my hands immediately. The visuals are going to translate strikingly to screen, and I look forward to seeing this on Netflix, given how they've been knocking YA adaptations out of the park recently.

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GuyN
Jan 01, 2019

This is the first book of a trilogy. I found the characters interesting, diverse, and occasionally perverse in making bad decisions. The world building is a bit more than adequate. The main downside is that "battles" are dealt with quickly and pretty much always with the same Deus ex Machina approach- the last minute unforeseen introduction of a previously unrevealed power and/or person that saves the day and helps our heroes live to fight on. There is humor (yay!) and moral ambiguity in most of the characters. Once I got well into the first book I got hooked and pretty much sped through all 3 volumes, which was not hard to do as Bardugo's prose is easy enough to read. I should go on to say that the second book is better than the first and the third satisfied the reader with an ending, although it drags underground (you'll see).

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lucy0902
Nov 15, 2018

This book was the BEST book I've read in a year! The plot was full of romance, suspense, betrayal, and everything else needed for the audience to cling to their seats while reading this rollercoaster of a book. The book has the cliché love triangle, but the two characters fighting over the heroine are well developed. I could not figure out who to root for as the two characters were both my favorites! This book makes me think of Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard. Their plots are very similar: a girl with a hidden power and didn't realize it, becomes royalty/powerful after discovering their power, love triangle, betrayal, court scheming...everything I love. Shadow and Bone deserves 5 stars and the love of many readers!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 13, 2018

I had so much fun while reading this book. I absolutely flew through the book, it was such a quick and easy read. I loved the world and I’m so intrigued by the magic system and characters. I also really enjoyed Leigh Bardugo’s writing, it was simple but so enjoyable and had such a fantastic pace to it. I felt as though there wasn’t as much build up to the events as I would have liked, and a lot seemed to happen very quickly. I also wasn’t invested in the romance. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this novel and can’t wait to finish the trilogy. Rating - 3.5/5.
- @Average_Bookworm of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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missq12
Jul 18, 2018

I LOVED this book! It's about a seemingly ordinary girl with a humble up-bringing who discovers she is one of the most powerful Grisha (a magical being in her world) with a very unique power. She teams up with another very powerful Grisha in the hopes of using their magic to save their war-stricken country. It's a perfect mix of adventure, magic, and romance and I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy/magical stories with a twist. I could not put it down! This is book 1 of the Grisha trilogy and I am really looking forward to reading the next installments!

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susan_findlay
Jun 28, 2018

Quick paced fantasy in a Russian inspired setting. The first book of a trilogy, a fair amount of time is spent world building and introducing us to the heroine, her power and the impending doom she'll need to prevent. I didn't need the romance with the childhood friend; the story would have worked as well with them caring about each other as friends who were brought together as orphans and bonded strongly - in this book, at least. But I understand why the author made that choice.

Well written and I look forward to the remaining books in the series.

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faithmurri99
May 17, 2018

I'M SHOOK

The Writing and Worldbuilding

The writing style wasn't my favorite, I gotta admit. There wasn't anything wrong with it, per se, but it just wasn't that engrossing for me. I did really enjoy the story though. THAT PLOT TWIST I should have seen coming but didn't, because I'd blinded myself was so great!

I found it really hard to tell what time period this was supposed to be a parallel for; the clothing and weapons supports anywhere between 1500 and 1800 AD in the West, but the dialogue sounded modern day. I guess it's supposed to be high fantasy so it really doesn't matter too much, and I should stop thinking too deeply about it, but idk I don't like ambiguity in a setting.

The magic system was super cool. I really liked how it doesn't drain you to use your powers, but I would like to know what the limits are, because there have to be some. How far can someone go? What is the extent of their power?

The Characters

Alina: She was funny and spunky, but sometimes it was weird because she was too spunky in some situations she really shouldn't have been spunky in, and it came across as reckless, proud, and ungrateful. But I totally related to her naivety sometimes.

The DaRkLiNg oh my goodness: I don't even know what to say other than, "I should have known but I didn't" and "oh my goodness I don't even care to a degree"

Mal: Mal was cute and nice, and I really liked how he changed from where he's at at the beginning of the book and when we see him again later on, having been affected by the war. I wasn't a fan of the whole, "I'm sorry I didn't see you before. I see you now" thing because that's pretty darn cliche lol

Genya: I really liked her! The audiobook I was listening to gave her the weirdest, most ethereal sounding voice that was hard to get used to, but I still got a good idea of her character.

Baghra: THAT PLOT TWIST THO didn't see it coming

Conclusion

I'm pretty darn glad I read this, because I love me some fantasy and this is the unique YA fantasy I needed in my life right now. I'm so glad it lived up to the hype because I don't know how much disappointment I can really handle in my life anymore.

PimaLib_ChristineR Feb 24, 2018

I recently had the same thing to say about Laini Taylor. If you've just discovered Bardugo and love her more recent books, this will probably disappoint in comparison; whereas, if you read it when it came out, it may have felt fresh and new.

Shadow and Bone focuses on Alina, a war-orphan raised by a Duke that has taken in many orphans. Other than the fact that it means that she grew up with her best friend, the tracker Mal, for whom she now has feelings, this fact isn't very important. They could have been raised by villagers, or wolves, whatever. The only point is that Alina will do anything to stay close to him, and they join the army together where Alina's powers come to light and she suddenly finds herself one of the Grisha, those special soldiers of the Second Army who use the "small sciences" (magic) to help the kingdom fight its wars.

So much time is given over to Alina's lovelorn angst that it really detracted from the story for me. That said, it was still a good story. Whom should Alina trust? What is the end game of her new boss, "The Darkling"? Can Alina's powers protect her country? We get answers to at least a few of these questions and the final chapters find Bardugo at her best: writing an action-packed adventure. While it's not ground-breaking, those who love the world of Six of Crows will enjoy this for another taste of the same fantasy universe.

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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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