Review: Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Published: 2012
By: Henry Holt and Co.
Source: FMPL
Format: Hardcover
ISBN:   9780805094596
– Goodreads


I think the best part of this book was the italicized words that had no real meaning to me but I felt like I knew what I was reading. Words written in Mongolian and Russian, I am knowledgeable in neither, were a awesome twist and all the destinations had a very authentic “feel” to them. Honestly, if I didn’t know any better “Tsibeya” means Siberia – no I’m not going to Google this :p

Alright, Alina and Mal were orphans of the war, brought up in the grand home of a Duke and he ensured the orphans were fed and educated. By the time they were around the age of eight the Grisha – sorcerers of sort – had come to call and test the orphans of any potential “Small Science” they may possess.  Fast forward a few years the two are in the army, Alina is an assistant cartographer – I like this word – and Mal is a great tracker.

Honestly this story may sound boring but eventually we find out Alina had a hidden power, and intends on ensuring the life of the Darkling is short lived, and Mal is awesome. I’m totally having a book boyfriend moment.

If you enjoyed books by Laini Taylor, or Sarah Beth Durst, you will most certainly enjoy the emotional intensity of Alina in her determination to not become a slave forced to overtake the world with darkness at the side of the Darkling, while she also grapples with her heartstrings when they tighten and twist for Mal. Fantasy, love, treachery and just some snickers and giggles on the side, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

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About Black ' n Write Reviewer

Library Tech grad who is currently working on a BA in Political Science and filling all her time with books.
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