Book: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (Grisha Trilogy Book 1)

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction

Date of Publication: June 5, 2012

To be honest with you, I can’t really remember any significant event from this book. Note that I just finished reading this book the other day and still I have to stop and think of what this book was about. I blame Verity by Colleen Hoover. While I’m thinking, here is what this book is about:

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. Goodreads

Thanks to the magical powers of the Goodreads’ status section, I managed to remember what I thought of this book. Also, I was suprised that it took me almost a month to actually finish this book. Now moving on to my thoughts, let us begin with the story, the very world that Bardugo build for this book. I have to say that I am a fan of it! Despite it reminding me heavily of Attack of Titan and Aang: The Last Airbender, I still managed to enjoy it. At first I was not sure if I truly like the world building or maybe I was just desperate to enter a new world, instead of me being stuck in the magical world of HP and forever waiting for what will happen next to the citizens of Westeros. In conclusion, I truly love the world and the story that surrounds it. Two thumbs up for me.

The story flowed nicely but there are chapters that I found boring and unnecessary, at least to my opinion. Especially the later chapters focusing on Mal and Alina.

Now, for those characters. I have to admit that I find our protagonist Alina quite bland. If you’ve read my book review for The Hunger Games trilogy (click the book title for the full review), I actually did the same thing to Alina, I treated her as a catalyst. The character I was curious about was the Darkling. I was genuinely curious about his past and all Darklings before him. The same goes for Genya, I want to know her more. Basically, everyone is so interesting except Alina. I think it was because I was reading from her POV and I know all about her already to the point that I just don’t care about her anymore.

And if you are following my progress on Goodreads( which you should, link to it is at the bottom of this post) Baghra is the character that I enjoyed the most. that old lady is spitting knowledge like its nobody’s business and I love it.

I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I have to admit that I was supposed to give this a 4 but that ending totally ruined it for me. It was boring,I was expecting some death and more action than that.

What about you? What do you think of this book?


I am planning to read the second book of this trilogy around February, I guess? I found a couple of books that I want to read and review first, so the trilogy is taking a backseat for awhile.

Before I go…Shout out to my bookstagram friend Vicki! Hello! If you guys like books and is a fan of Captain America, go check her IG account @akosizhen

I hope you liked this review or rant, I will talk to you again next wek. Happy weekend!

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