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Shadow and Bone,
This review is from: Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy) (Hardcover)
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How can I convey the awesomeness of "Shadow and Bone?"
Admittedly, this book wasn't an instant pick for me when it showed up in my Vine selections. But then I remembered I had put it on the wishlist I use to keep track of upcoming books, so I grabbed it, and wow, am I happy I did.
I hated having to put "Shadow and Bone" down. Real life is always so annoying when you're in the middle of a great book, and that's just what this is. I'm going to try every way I can to get my hands on a copy of book two before it comes out, because I'm THAT eager to find out what happens to Alina, Mal, the Darkling, and Ravka.
At the start of "Shadow and Bone," Alina is a regular girl. Unremarkable, even. She's terrified of crossing the Shadow Fold, but then, so is everyone else. The Fold is a swath of darkness across Ravka, cutting the country off from the sea. Volcra, monsters that attack humans, live in the Fold, and it's said they can smell human blood from miles away. Mal, Alina's best friend, reassures her that nothing is going to happen.
But of course, something does happen. On their way across the Fold, the volcra attack. When they go after Mal, nearly killing him, Alina is desperate to save him. Somehow, she does. Light suddenly fills the Fold, driving the volcra back.
And that's where the story really starts. Alina is whisked away from her life in the army to train as a Grisha. Grisha are sort of like witches or mages. Usually, children are tested to see if they have Grisha abilities, and if they do, they are taken to a special school to be trained. Alina didn't pass the test as a child, but she's one of the most powerful Grisha ever. Only she can get rid of the Fold and rescue Ravka from darkness.
It's a lot of pressure, and I love how Alina handles it. She's a great character, one that I think a lot of readers will like. I definitely did.
I'm not going to list all the reasons I loved the book because I can't figure out a way to do so without spoiling it for everyone. And I don't want to do that. I think it's way more fun to puzzle out the plot, and try to figure out who you can trust while you're reading, rather than knowing before you go in.
But here's a short list:
--A cool magic system. Grisha say they study the "Small Science," which I'd call a combination of magic and manipulating natural elements.
--You never know what character you can trust. Along with that ... the Darkling. The most powerful Grisha of all. He's thrilled to have found Alina, and she's thrilled to have the most powerful man in Ravka saying she's special. It's heady for someone who always thought of herself as no one.
--The customs of the Grisha and Ravka itself. Ravka is based off Russia, and having recently read a few other fiction and historical works on Russia, I could really appreciate the setting and the culture the author worked in, as well as what she made up.
--There's romance. Yeah, I don't normally like romance, but here there's no love triangle (so sick of those) and the relationship is actually believable.
Seriously, just read it. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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Initial post: Dec 26, 2012 6:29:26 PM PST
Your review just made me pick up a copy. :)
Posted on Jan 13, 2013 7:15:55 PM PST
Lola Says says:
Well there is a bit of a love triangle actually...
Posted on Feb 20, 2013 6:34:35 AM PST
Pandora's Books says:
I'm about a third of the way through it and I'm enjoying it. I wanted to ask you about "the Vine copy..." Does that mean review copy? How do you get them? Can you give me some advice about getting review copies?
Posted on Jul 2, 2013 3:32:00 PM PDT
Read for your future! says:
Thanks for the review. I was looking for a good book to read. I got part 2 for review but debated even doing the series. Thanks for the info
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2013 11:56:42 AM PDT
Leeanna Chetsko says:
I just finished SIEGE AND STORM, and am trying to write my review. I liked it just as much as SHADOW AND BONE... so if you like fantasy, I think you'll enjoy the series.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2013 1:01:09 PM PDT
Read for your future! says:
I just started Shadow and bone and the first is a little confusing for me. Will it straighten out?
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2013 2:28:20 PM PDT
Leeanna Chetsko says:
Yup, it does. And it's good that you're reading SHADOW AND BONE now, because there's not a lot of recap in SIEGE AND STORM.
Posted on Jan 18, 2015 10:58:34 PM PST
You sounded so literate. I thought you knew what you were talking about...such a disappointment.
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