Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone follows Alina who grew up as an orphan with her best friend Mal and is now mapmaker in the army for the once-great nation of Ravka that has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold. Alina has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and Mal 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.
The story arc in this book is fantastic the author literally leaves you guessing right until the last moment, you spend the entire book not sure who to trust or what will happen next.
Leigh Bardgo does an amazing job at world building in Shadow and Bone, while the book does have a map at the beginning you honestly don’t need it. The fantasy aspects of this book are crafted and developed throughout the story so well that I would say this book is close to being flawless.
I loved the way the author played with the romance in this book, it was extremely well done and I personally found myself falling for the wrong man along with Alina.
Alina’s character wasn’t the strongest at the beginning of the book but as her story develops I fell in love with her as the protagonist. I liked that the author didn’t make her perfect at everything she does this made her more relatable.
Once I started this book I could not put it down and I will be doing a Grisha marathon, so be sure to keep and eye out for reviews of the next two books coming soon.
If you are a fan of high fantasy books I would highly recommend this book, I found it fun, fast paced and exciting. Everything you would want and more in a high fantasy YA book.
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Miss Quinny Rating (5 / 5)
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