Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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.

Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published: June 5th 2012 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR
) Links: Goodreads
Received: Bought on Kindle
Rating: 5 of 5

My thoughts:

The first epic fantasy novel that I’ve fallen in love with completely. From the moment I met Alina and Mal in that orphanage to the ending, I was rooting for them. I’ll admit I didn’t have enough time to read when I began the book and so I kept stealing moments to devour the pages, eagerly waiting for the next twist and turn.

Then something changed, I had a whole chunk of time to read on the weekend because we were running errands and so I had a good few hours in a van to sit and read on my Kindle.

I read all the steamy scenes between the Darkling and Alina, and um, yeah I was attracted to him too. I thought things would happen between him and Alina. I didn’t find him evil and thought oh yay, epic fantasy love story!

I stopped around the major make out scene, and resumed the next night on my husband’s tablet. I like it, bigger screen and all than my phone. My husband said something about saving my eyes, so yay for husbands. The story resumed and it went in a completely different direction. I was originally told to believe that Alina was safe and suddenly found out she wasn’t

And because Alina wasn’t safe, I wasn’t safe.

I was right there with her when all the pieces came together and I thought oh no, I fell for him too. I was very worried about Alina in the last few chapters. And I thought things between her and Mal developed too slowly for my taste, though when it did finally blossom it was brilliantly done.

By the end of the book I felt like Leigh had used all the elements she had at her disposal for this book. It played out a bit predictably but everything that happened fully explored the character’s skills and abilities.

I’m so glad that I gave this book a chance and I’m looking forward to what’s next in Alina and Mal’s story!

I finished this book at something like 2am, so yeah it kept me up!

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