Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo *Spoiler Free* Review

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)


Young Adult, Fantasy and Romance


“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.”


Alina: She is the main character of this book, I think there are 2 more since there is a love triangle, but we didn’t get that much of those two. But I enjoy Alina and I also liked the struggle she was going through when she found out about her powers and her struggle to get herself together when the only secure thing, or should I say someone, disappears out of her life.


The writing was great, I love the world building from the world. And the writing just kept me wanting to continue reading even though the pace of the story wasn’t that fast, but I was really invested into the story. I also enjoy the characters which were created, they didn’t feel flat to me and I didn’t really dislike people that much. The one I am the least interested in is Mal. I don’t mind him being there, but I also don’t really care what would happen to him right now.


I sort of saw the ending coming and I had been sort of spoiled for a plot twist. But I don’t mind it that much. And the ending sets up a great situation for the next two installment.


Overall I flew through this book and I enjoyed my time in this book. I enjoyed the characters and the world building, there is only one character I am not really interested in, but I don’t mind him that much, and that is Mal. I enjoyed the character development of Alina throughout this book and the writing just kept me reading, which is a great thing.


  • Great world building
  • Interesting magic system
  • Lovely antagonist!


  • Don’t really care for Mal and the romance

Overall rating: 4/5 stars

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