Shadow and Bone
By Leigh Bardugo
My Rating: 5 Stars
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.
What I thought
Alina an orphan due to the war raging along the borders of Ravka grew up feeling unimportant and unloved. After she grew up Alina and Mal her best friend and fellow orphan joined the Army. On their first mission to cross the shadow fold to get supplies, their envoy was attacked and they learned that Alina was so much more than she could ever have believed. As Alina is ripped from everything that she knows and thrown into the world of Grisha where she must learn to shine.
To be honest I had no intention to pick up this trilogy. By the time I learned about it all three books were out and they were getting new covers. When I originally thought about it there were so many other books that I wanted to read that I did not want to get invested in another series. But it seemed that as I watched booktube videos and read blog posts everyone raved and make references to these books. So long story short I just had to know what the hype was all about. I went into this book not expecting much but I was surprised to find how much I really enjoyed it and can not wait to pick up the next one.
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