Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
(1st in Grisha Trilogy)
(I’ve only read the first one)
Okay. So. I wasn’t really expecting this to be that good. I haven’t heard much about it, never, really. Mostly, Six of Crows has been recommended to me. But, here I was, at the library, and it wasn’t there. So I took this book.
This book. This book was good. It was really good, great, even. I loved the whole idea, the plot. All that was super duper great. Something I really liked about it was that when the main character, Alina, felt sad about something, she didn’t sound whiny. It gets on my nerves when the character whines about something. Alina didn’t do that. She was a pretty relatable character. There was one portion of the story, close to the end-ish, where I was a bit bored, but other than that, it was an awesome book.
The summary from amazon:
“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.”
May I just point out, I love the word “Darkling”? I like the way it rolls off my tongue, it just sounds so peaceful yet deadly.
Also, it reminds me of duckling.