Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy #1)
by Leigh Bardugo
Published June 5th 2012
by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
I just love reading about adventures set in fantastical exotic locations and the world of Ravka that was created by Leigh Bardugo is enchanting and darkly sinister at the same time. At its heart is the story of Alina; an orphaned girl who joined the army at a young age as mapmaker. Not much is known about her except that she is devoted to her childhood friend Mal who is also a soldier.
When their ship is attacked by the flesh-eating Volcra (a birdlike creature) and Mal's life is at stake, Alina unwittingly let out a power unbeknownst to her. Unceremoniously shipped off to hone her craft and inducted to the Grisha fold, Alina found herself caught in the middle of the politics of the royal castle when she befriended the beautiful Genya who is the Queen's handmaiden. At the same time, Alina unwittingly found herself attracted to the mysterious Grisha leader; the Darkling and struggling to control her powers which may be a way to free the whole kingdom of Ravka from the Shadow Fold. I just can't get enough of the different magical types of Grisha and each Grisha group is differentiated by the colours they wore. The Grisha is basically an elite group of people who have certain distinct magical powers and serve the King of Ravka.
What I love most about the book is the wonderful world building. And just when I thought the story is going one way, the writer threw a big twist near the end that made the whole story upside down. Seriously, so good!
I certainly can't wait for the next book as I have a feeling Alina will be more powerful in the future.This is without a doubt one of my best read this year.
Recommended for: fans of epic & high fantasy; Graceling and Bitterblue
Verdict: 5 stars.
In my Début Author &Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge
Available on: Amazon