“Fine,” he said with a weary shrug. “Make me your villain.”
Shadow and Bone is the first book in The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.
The once great nation of Ravka is surrounded by enemies and has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold. The Shadow Fold is a swath of darkness crawling with monsters who feed on humans…
When Alina Starkov’s regiment is attacked on the Fold a hidden dormant power she possesses is revealed after her best friend is brutally injured. With this new power revealed Alina is pulled away to a royal court to be trained as a Grisha, the magical elite led by the Darkling.
With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha.
“So I’m the Darkling’s prisoner?”
“You’re under his protection.”
“What’s the difference?”
“Pray you never find out.”
The plot was interesting and fast moving. Bardugo did a great job of setting up the world of Ravka. Alina is a bit whiny and naive at times but she matures throughout the series. The Darkling is great (in a I shouldn’t like this character by do anyway kind of great). Not much more can be said without spoiling future books but don’t expect cookie cutter happy endings here. If you’ve read the full series let me know what you thought! I’m still a little torn over the ending of the last book…
Thanks for reading!