Series: The Grisha #1
Published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers on June 5th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.
Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?
The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.
But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?
Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.
Recommended highly by other bloggers and readers, I just knew I had to give Shadow and Bone a shot, even if the premise isn’t something I normally read. Pretty sure my whole realm of thinking as I was reading this book was, ‘why did I wait so long?!’ It absolutely lived up to the hype!
I love fantasy novels but tend to avoid them as well because often times I find the world building a little over my head. Not the case at all here. I was easily able to follow along with Alina, our main character, as she discovers a hidden talent, a skill bestowed upon the Grisha. But her talent is unique, one that makes her extremely valuable in the war with hopes she can help bring about peace. Taken away from her life as a mapmaker and away from her best friend, Mal, Alina’s world is turned upside down as she is taught this new life and how to control her newfound power. The Darkling, the powerful leader of the Grisha, pays our Alina lot of special attention, but there is more there than first meets the eye.
The details were so beautiful and rich and I loved the characters and story. Alina was so likable as we watch her transform in some ways but remain the same girl in others. The love triangle is one that has me torn. When we first meet Mal, it’s obvious she is totally smitten as they have a strong ‘through thick or thin’ connection.
“It’s always just you and me, Alina.”
But then Alina is whisked away from him to the Little Palace for her safety and to train. And then there’s the Darkling! He is super mysterious and often comes and goes quite suddenly, but he is oh so interesting. I immediately fell for him as well.
“The problem with wanting,” he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, “is that it makes us weak.” And then, at last, when I thought I couldn’t bear it any longer, he brought his mouth down on mine.
Welp, what a fine little triangle we find ourselves in. And just when I start leaning in one direction, secrets are revealed to make me question everything! Alina becomes this incredibly self-sacrificing person. She blossoms before our very eyes through the pages and I loved the journey she took to get there. So here I sit, waiting for my copy of Siege and Storm to arrive so I can jump right back into this world and see where we can go next!