Friday, December 28, 2012

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) / The Gathering Dark
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. / Indigo

Overview (US Version)

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.

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.

The Gathering Dark (The Grisha, #1)(UK Version)
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 fulfil 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.

Shadow and Bone has a unique plot which keeps you captivated the entire time you read. Mal and Alina are great characters which are easy to love. However, The Darkling is also one of my favorites and I can't seem to decide if I like him more than Mal or not. He's just so mysterious and gives out different vibes each time. Does he even have feelings for Alina or is that just part of his plan? What's his true name? Why do I even like him?

In the start, Alina, Mal and the others are going out to the Fold but something goes terribly wrong and when Alina is about to get attacked by the volcra, she sees this white, blinding light. They soon discover she has powers and that she could be the Sun Summmoner!

This is when the story really begins to unfold as she is whisked away to The Grand Palace for training. I won't give much detail now cause what fun would it be to read a book, knowing all the details or the basic outline? - but, let's just say the Darkling and Alina are warming up to each other (Heheheh).

Anyway, as you read further on, you find out more about the Darkling like his plans for the stag and ,eventually, you find this surprising fact of who his mom is and the true use of the Stag's power. Now, here comes the terrible decision Alina has to make - Will she choose to believe the Darkling and live to the hopes of the people for a better world? or Will she betray everyone and become an enemy?

Oooooh, I really want to say everything but I don't want to spoil it at all. I hope everyone who reads this will enjoy it as much as I do and let me just say one last thing, I am so glad that out of all those books in the store, I chose this. It's really wonderful and I don't regret anything about it. I've even read it more that 7 times already and it's still AMAZING!

1 comment:

  1. I've been debating reading this book for a while. I guess I will now! :)
    Can't wait to read more reviews!