Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo // Book Review

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

Goodreads Rating: 4.05 / 5

My Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fantasy

Recommend to: Lovers of all things fantasy! This series is full of magic, intrigue, and a super exciting plot.


Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

My Review

I liked this book. I’ve heard a lot about the series and I know there is still a lot of amazing character I need to meet. The world is amazing and I love all things GrishaVerse.

I have this 4 Stars even though it was originally 5 because the dreaded hind-sight made me realize that I loved the series as a whole more than I liked any individual book. This was my least favorite in the trilogy. My favorite part of any book is the characters and that was the downfall of this book. My favorite character was Genya – and she is not even a main character.

I love the magic in this book. We see the beginning of Alina’s adventure. I really enjoyed the beginning of this book as it is exciting and intriguing and introduces the world so well.  The Darkling was so very mysterious and exciting in this book. 

I read this in December 2018 and it had taken me so long to write this review. I struggled with this one because my feelings for this trilogy are very conflicting. I made the mistake of reading Six of Crows before I read Shadow and Bone. The problem here was that I was so completely in love with Six of Crows that I could not stop comparing it to Shadow and Bone.

Happy Reading !


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