Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone was first published in 2012 and is Leigh Bardugo’s debut novel. It is a fantasy story about a teenage girl who discovers that her magical abilities may be the key to saving her war-torn world. The story forms the first part of The Grisha Trilogy and is followed by Siege and Storm (2013) and Ruin and Rising (2014). Bardugo is also currently writing a second trilogy, titled Six of Crows, which is set in the same world but focuses on a different set of characters.

The Country of Ravka is slowly dying. The Shadow Fold cuts the kingdom in half and prevents its people from uniting against the enemies that challenge its borders to the North and South. However, Ravka is also threatened by dangers from within. The peasantry are growing resentful of their Tsar, realising that he and his precious Grisha (magic users) live in luxury while they suffer.

Alina knows much about suffering. She’s both a peasant and an orphan and now is studying to be a cartographer in Ravka’s First Army (and she isn’t very good at that). However, she it does at least mean that she can be close to her best friend, Mal. Yet when Alina discovers that she possesses a unique power, she is whisked away to join the secretive ranks of the Grisha.

Alina struggles to adjust to her new life as one of the elite and finds herself drawn to the Darkling – a powerful Grisha whose powers seem to be the polar opposite of her own. The Darkling believes it is destiny that they should combine their abilities to destroy the Shadow Fold and unite Ravka once and for all. It’s not long before Alina starts to buy into his dream for her yet she has a problem. Her newfound ability is far beyond her control…

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