THE BOOK SO NICE WE REVIEWED IT TWICE!
I read this while waiting for my flight and found myself
so completely engrossed in this Russian-based fantasy that I didn’t mind the
flight delay. Orphans Alina and Mal met
when they were kids and became inseparable growing up. Years later, they are
still together & serving in the army – Alina in the cartographers corps and
Mal with the trackers. When attacked in the Shadow Fold, Alina brings forth an
unbelievable amount of Grisha magic that she never knew she had. Taken away from
her best friend Mal for magical training, Alina enters a new world of court
intrigue and power politics where to survive, she must figure out whom to trust
and the games being played. Bardugo has crafted a stunning plot-driven story
with a character that you can’t help but root for. Additionally, the
Russian-influenced world building is certainly unique to the genre.
- Reviewed by Connie from Books Inc. Opera Plaza
In Shadow and Bone Bardugo has created a unque
world filled with magic, Russian culture, and flawed but engaging characters.
When her previously unknown powers are revealed, Alina is ripped away from her
best friend Mal, the only family she has ever known, and put into the power of
the mysterious Darkling, the charismatic and powerful leader of a magical
order. Suddenly thrust into a world of luxury and secrets and hailed as the
savior of her nation, Alina must figure out who she wants to be and who she can
trust before it's too late. This book was exactly what I wanted when I picked
it up, a well-written, utterly engrossing YA fantasy.
- Reviewed by Anna from Books Inc. Chestnut Street