Book Review: Shadow and Bone


I am so late to the Grishaverse hype, but since Netflix announced the adaptation I heard so much about the Grishaverse in the last couple of years that I knew I had to read it sooner or later. I own the Six of Crows Duology and King of Scars, but I stopped myself from reading those because I knew I needed to start with the Shadow and Bone Trilogy in order to understand the world. It was because of Netflix's development of this series that I decided to go buy a paperback copy of S&B to feed my excitement for the adaptation.


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.


The Grishaverse is unique, that much I knew from the beginning of the story, which is narrated in third person and was meant to expose the relationship between Alina and Mal. The story seems to truly begin when Alina starts narrating.

The concept of the small science really broke my head a little. It is a term meant to sound smart and to give a deserving place to magic wielded by the Grisha. The little palace and their color coded Keftas seemed to be a subtle nod to Hogwarts, which I couldn't help thinking about thanks to Ben Barnes.

I was immediately drawn to the Darkling, perhaps thanks to Alina's own attraction and his expert manipulation and charm. For the first two-thirds of the book I didn't really like Mal, mostly because he wasn't truly present, but he was forever missed by Alina. Mal did made up for it in the last third of the book

The plot began fast paced and then slowed down as Alina struggled to control her powers and then it picked up again on the last third of the book. There was a lot of weight in her emotional journey.

Overall, I enjoyed finally joining the hype for the Grishaverse and I am looking forward to reading Siege and Storm as soon as I can get my hands on it.

My rating:

Here is all the info for Shadow and Bone :

Reading Challenge No.: 32/45

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publication Date: June 5, 2012

Format: Print (paperback)/ Ebook

Length: 358 pages

POV: First Person, through Alina's POV

Genre: #Fantasy #Romance

Series or Standalone? Series - Shadow and Bone Trilogy # 1 (3 books total)

First Sentence:

"The servants called them malenchki, little ghosts, because they were the smallest and the youngests, and because they haunted the Duke's house like giggling phantoms, darting in and out of rooms, hiding in cupboards to eavesdrop, sneaking into the kitchen to steal the last of the summer peaches."

Favorite Character: Alina.

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I will post my review for Queen of Nothing on Tuesday, and I hope to finish The Beautiful before Thursday.

Love, Lourdes

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