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Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy)

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ISBN13: 9780805094596
ISBN10: 0805094598
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Alina Starkov doesn't expect much from life. Orphaned by the Border Wars, all she's ever been able to rely on is her best friend and fellow refugee, Mal. And lately not even that seems certain. Drafted into the army of their war-torn homeland, they've been sent on a dangerous mission into the Fold, a swath of darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh.

When their convoy is attacked, all seems lost until Alina reveals a dormant power that not even she knew existed. She is torn from everything she knows and whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. He believes that she is the answer the people have been waiting for: the Sun Summoner. Only her power can destroy the Fold.

Overwhelmed by luxury, envied as the Darklings favorite, Alina struggles to keep her wits about her without Mal by her side. But nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her mastery of her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha — and the secrets of her heart.

Review:

"In a strong debut, Bardugo draws inspiration from Russian and Slavic myth and culture to kick off her Grisha trilogy. In the nation of Ravka, Alina Starkov is a junior cartographer's assistant in the army, while her best friend Mal is an expert tracker. When a perilous mission into the magically created Shadow Fold goes wrong, Mal is gravely wounded and Alina manifests the rare ability to summon light. Immediately recruited into the order of the magic-using Grisha, Alina is taken under the wing of its intimidating and powerful leader, the Darkling, and heralded as the potential destroyer of the Shadow Fold. As she navigates Grisha politics and uncovers well-hidden secrets, she realizes that the fate of the nation rests on her shoulders and she may be in grave danger. Filled with lush descriptions, intriguing magic, and plenty of twists, this memorable adventure offers action and intrigue mixed with an undercurrent of romance and danger. Alina's angst and passivity are a bit of a letdown, but Bardugo's storytelling and world-building more than compensate. Ages 12 – up. Agent: Joanna Stampfel-Volpe, Nancy Coffey Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"The plotting is powerful." Kirkus

Review:

"Bardugo weaves a captivating spell with lushly descriptive writing, engaging characters, and an exotic, vivid world. Readers will wait impatiently for the next installment." Booklist

Review:

“Fast-paced and unpredictable, this debut novel will be a hit with readers who love dark fantasy.” School Library Journal, starred review

Review:

“Mesmerizing…Bardugo's set up is shiver-inducing, of the delicious variety. This is what fantasy is for.” New York Times

Review:

"A rich fantasy landscape, an inspired magical structure, and a gratifying emotional hook keep the pages whirring by until a final twist upends assumptions and lands us smack in the middle of a harrowing climax." Horn Book Magazine

Review:

"Danger and duplicity abound (is the Darkling good or evil?) in this lavish portrayal of a country reminiscent of Imperial Russia." VOYA

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Leigh Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, raised in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. She is fond of glamour, ghouls, and costuming, and gets to indulge all of these fancies in her other life as a makeup artist. She can occasionally be heard singing with her band, Captain Automatic.

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gaby317, February 19, 2013 (view all comments by gaby317)
Chosen as one of Amazon's top YA books for 2012, Shadow and Bone is the sort of adventure story that I love. The heroine, Alina Starkov, was raised as an orphan with her best friend Malyen Oretsev in the house of their benefactor Duke Keramsov. As the children grew up, they were trained to serve in the army: Alina as a cartographer and Mal as a tracker.

For as long as they could remember, their country had been battling a growing "Shadow Fold" of darkness with flesh eating monsters called volka. While on reconnaissance, Mal was attacked by one of the mythic volka and when Anika tried to save him, they discovered her unusual magical powers. Anika is whisked to the capital to be protected, trained, and to fight to dispel the Shadow Fold. But she discovers that her enemies are not limited to the flesh eating volka, that enemies and allies at court can be far more dangerous than monsters.

Anika learns to navigate dangers and intrigues of court and seems to come into her own. But betrayal comes when she least expects it. Help comes from an unexpected source and Anika must find a way to save herself, her oldest friend, and the nation that she loves from an overpowering force. Shadow and Bone is a story about loyalty and friendship and an unimaginable challenge. It's beautifully written and deeply engrossing. I am eagerly awaiting the next two books in the series.

Ages 12 and up.
ISBN-10: 0805094598 - Hardcover $17.99
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (June 5, 2012), 368 pages.
Review copy courtesy of Netgalley and the publisher.
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nym1997, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by nym1997)
This book is one of the best books I have ever read. It's a must-read!
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shockley, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by shockley)
I got this book on a whim without hearing anything about it and found that this was a great story and a super engaging read. The plot and characters are wonderful for all ages.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805094596
Author:
Bardugo, Leigh
Publisher:
Square Fish
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Series Volume:
No. 1 of 3
Publication Date:
20130507
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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Product details 416 pages Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - English 9780805094596 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In a strong debut, Bardugo draws inspiration from Russian and Slavic myth and culture to kick off her Grisha trilogy. In the nation of Ravka, Alina Starkov is a junior cartographer's assistant in the army, while her best friend Mal is an expert tracker. When a perilous mission into the magically created Shadow Fold goes wrong, Mal is gravely wounded and Alina manifests the rare ability to summon light. Immediately recruited into the order of the magic-using Grisha, Alina is taken under the wing of its intimidating and powerful leader, the Darkling, and heralded as the potential destroyer of the Shadow Fold. As she navigates Grisha politics and uncovers well-hidden secrets, she realizes that the fate of the nation rests on her shoulders and she may be in grave danger. Filled with lush descriptions, intriguing magic, and plenty of twists, this memorable adventure offers action and intrigue mixed with an undercurrent of romance and danger. Alina's angst and passivity are a bit of a letdown, but Bardugo's storytelling and world-building more than compensate. Ages 12 – up. Agent: Joanna Stampfel-Volpe, Nancy Coffey Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "The plotting is powerful."
"Review" by , "Bardugo weaves a captivating spell with lushly descriptive writing, engaging characters, and an exotic, vivid world. Readers will wait impatiently for the next installment."
"Review" by , “Fast-paced and unpredictable, this debut novel will be a hit with readers who love dark fantasy.”
"Review" by , “Mesmerizing…Bardugo's set up is shiver-inducing, of the delicious variety. This is what fantasy is for.”
"Review" by , "A rich fantasy landscape, an inspired magical structure, and a gratifying emotional hook keep the pages whirring by until a final twist upends assumptions and lands us smack in the middle of a harrowing climax."
"Review" by , "Danger and duplicity abound (is the Darkling good or evil?) in this lavish portrayal of a country reminiscent of Imperial Russia."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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