Book Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy, #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Publication Date: June 5th, 2012

Format: Hardcover, 358 pages

Genre: Young Adult. Fantasy, Romance


I didn’t know what to expect going into this book, I’ve heard mixed things about this series, especially when compared to Six of Crows. This is only the second Leigh Bardugo book that I’ve read and I really adored this book, but I didn’t end up loving it.

Going into this book one of the major things I wanted was to get a better understand of the magic system and how the actual individual Grisha abilities worked. Though for me I was hoping that it would be expanded a little more than it ended up being, and I’m hoping that in the next two books that we’ll go a little more in-depth into their powers and the magic system itself.

I have mixed feelings about the characters in this book, Aline annoyed throughout most of the story. She had a habit of waiting for other people to do the work for her instead of earning things, there is one scene where I think that this really applies. She also tended to be naive, and I didn’t understand some of her interactions with the other characters. Her character also didn’t have much development for me, and I’m hoping that it this will be rectified throughout the next two books.

Since Mal wasn’t in a majority of the book, I found it hard for me to develop much of an opinion of him, so I’m excited to see him in later books. The Darkling ended up being the only character I ended up liking, so why did they have to go and ruin it?

The writing in this book was decent, I wasn’t really blown away by it, but I can definitely see why people love her books so much. Unfortunately, something that did hinder my enjoyment of this book and prevented me from giving it a higher rating is I genuinely struggled to get through the first half of the book. I feel like the storyline didn’t move along very much in the first half, and I feel like a majority of the story’s progression during that time we were really just being told about it. Nevertheless, I did like this book and I’m excited to see this storyline progress.

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