Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo


Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone

(The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1)

by Leigh Bardugo

Hardcover, 358 pages
Published June 5th 2012

Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo


Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo



I’m way, way late to this series, but I’m a better-late-than-never kind of person anyway. Even though I have wanted to read this series for a couple years now, the simple truth is I never got to it because it wasn’t really a priority. Finally, last year I scheduled it for my December/January tbr partly because of the new release of King of Scars (which of course has already been released), but that also didn’t pan out.

It helped when I ran out of things to read this month, and found by accident the audiobook in my audible library – so, I really had no more excuses and dove straight in.

I must admit that I was worried a little about comparing it to Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, which I read last year. Surprisingly, having read them first didn’t make it strange. And I actually prefer the single POV of Alina’s, to the six different POVs throughout the duet.

It was a quick audiobook, I think I was done with it within two days. Alina and Mal are a wonderful couple, a kind of friends to lovers trope, and were easy to root for. And finally -wohoo – I know what the hype about the Darkling is all about. I can see why people are intrigued by him.

I was pleasantly surprised by the low amount of drama in SoB. The story was well written, the world building not too complicated, and the characters so far all added to the overall storyline. The author didn’t go wild and kept the number of characters manageable. It happened before that fantasy books overwhelm me with the sheer amount of introductions of characters.

My thoughts about the narration:

The audiobook was well done. The narrator wasn’t on par with Jim Dale from Harry Potter or others as well trained, but still did a great job, and I had no issues with the narration in its whole. I liked it enough that I will continue on audiobook instead of reading the books I already have on my shelf. That I’m willing to shell out additional money for audible credits says it all – lol.



Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold—a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.

Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite—and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.

As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.

Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.

Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo

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Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over three million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars—with more to come. (To hear about new releases, tour dates, and giveaways first, sign up for Leigh’s newsletter here.) Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including The Best of and the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and the forthcoming Ninth House. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and even makeup and special effects. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles.

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