Original title: Shadow and Bone
Year published: 2012
Published by: Indigo
Number of pages: 308
First sentence: “The servants called them malenchki, little ghosts, because they were the smallest and the youngest, and because they haunted the Duke’s house like giggling phantoms, darting in and out of rooms, hiding in the cupboards to eavesdrop, sneaking into the kitchen to steal the last of the summer peaches.”
Plot: Alina Starkov is a mapmaker in the King’s army. When she along with her group ventures out into the cursed place known as the Fold something happens. Alina is whisked away by a man, if you can call him a man, known as the Darkling to train with others like her. She soon understands that things are not always as they seem.
My thoughts: I did not think I was going to like it, my expectations weren’t that high. But I’m not sorry I read it, I’m only sorry I didn’t read it sooner. I loved this book. Leigh Bardugo has created her own world, a world I fell in love with. Hell she even came up with a new language, it kind of sounds like Russian, which was what I first thought but I found out it wasn’t. And the Grisha, wow. I love reading about the powers they have and how they look. I want to be Grisha as well, haha. I really liked the character of Alina, she’s so plain, at least the way she looks and I love that because it’s easier to relate to someone who doesn’t look like a supermodel. And the Darkling, W-O-W, I totally fell in love with that character, I even had to google grey quartz because I needed to know what his eye color was, haha. He was one of those characters who is rumored to be evil but then once you got to know him he’s actually kind of a nice guy, and then BAM! Yep, totally ruin me that man did. I would love to see this as a movie and I did read somewhere that someone had bought the rights to do the movie so let’s hope for it soon!
Favorite quote: “The problem with wanting, is that it makes us weak”
Like I told you yesterday I got the next book in the Grisha trilogy; Siege and Storm yesterday, so I’m planning to read that as soon as I get a chance.
Do I recommend this book? Hell yes! Read it, fall in love with the world, the language and the Darkling and then let me know what you think.