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Shadow and Bone

By Leigh Bardugo
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Publisher Description

See the Grishaverse come to life on screen with the Netflix series, Shadow and Bone -- Season 2 streaming now!

Discover the adventure that started it all and meet Alina, Mal, and the Darkling in Shadow and Bone from #1 bestselling author, Leigh Bardugo.

. 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.

A New York Times Bestseller
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
An Indie Next List Book
This title has Common Core connections.

Read all the books in the Grishaverse!

The Shadow and Bone Trilogy
(previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising

The Six of Crows Duology
Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom

The King of Scars Duology
King of Scars
Rule of Wolves

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
The Severed Moon: A Year-Long Journal of Magic
The Lives of Saints
Demon in the Wood Graphic Novel

Praise for the Grishaverse

“A master of fantasy.” —The Huffington Post
“Utterly, extremely bewitching.” —The Guardian

3153 Reviews

Expressionless Face“Echoing the thoughts of others that Alina is so whiny that it's hard to get through. Otherwise it's a good plot and twists. Interested to see where the series goes.”
Reviewed in:Daggers&Daddies
Characters change and growDescriptive writingEasy to readUnpredictableDark settingMagical settingDark
Expressionless Face“The end of this book brought it up to a 3.5 star rating. Once she left to try and escape it got a lot better, but the beginning dragged it down. I couldn't get over the fact thatost of Alina's thoughts were either "oh Mal/unrequited love" or "ugh I'm just not pretty like the other girls" it really made it hard to like her. But the ending definitely makese want to continue the series, especially now that Alina is stronger, mentally and physically.”
Reviewed in:Daggers&Daddies
Characters change and growEasy to readFast-pacedMagical settingDarkUnengaging characters
Slightly Smiling Face“I didnt mind this book but I definitely think it's overhyped online. I will continue to read the series as the premise is interesting and everyone tells me they get better as you go”
Reviewed in:Daggers&Daddies
Easy to readImmersive settingMagical settingUnengaging characters
Thumbs Up“Alina was a boring character, i can’t overemphasize it. Glad i started with six of crows cause this would not have made me read through the series. The writing was clear, the ending brought things up alot that’s what made my rating a 2.5.”
Reviewed in:Daggers&Daddies
Easy to readMagical settingThought-provokingPredictableUnengaging charactersUnsatisfying plot
Expressionless Face“Wasn't expecting the book to be as BORING as it was considering how popular it was... didn't care for the characters. The world building wasnt fully fleshed out. The plot was boring as heck”
Magical settingBad writingUnengaging charactersUnsatisfying plot

About Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of the Ninth House series and the creator of the Grishaverse, which spans the Shadow and Bone trilogy (now a Netflix series), the Six of Crows duology, the King of Scars duology—and much more. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple anthologies, including The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. She lives in Los Angeles and is an associate fellow of Pauli Murray College at Yale University.

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