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Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy) [Hardcover]

Leigh Bardugo
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5 Jun 2012 Grisha Trilogy (Book 1)

"The Hunger Games meets Potter meets Twilight meets Lord of the Rings meets Game of Thrones; basically epic magical fantasy but completely for grown-ups." STYLIST MAGAZINE

Originally published as The Gathering Dark.

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom's magical elite - the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina's childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can't she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance. Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and Laini Taylor.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company (5 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780805094596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805094596
  • ASIN: 0805094598
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.8 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can use one word to describe this book and that is "powerful" powerful because its original. Powerful because its eye catching. Powerful because it makes you feel all the emotions that are mentioned in the English dictionary, And powerful because Its made me have a whole new out look and something to look forward to in the future of YA. (DARKREADERS 2012-05-19)

When I closed the covers of this book, late at night, I drifted into a vivid dream bursting with midnight blue keftas and beautiful - but blinding - white light. Leigh Bardugo is a master storyteller, who draws you into her richly-imagined world and refuses to release you... even after you've turned the last page. Shadow and Bone has occupied my thoughts - day and night - ever since I began it. (FEED ME BOOKS NOW 2013-05-03)

A New York Times bestseller, it's like The Hunger Games meets Potter meets Twilight meets Lord Of The Rings meets Game Of Thrones; basically epic magical fantasy but completely for grown-ups. (STYLIST 2013-03-13)

Shadow and Bone is YA fantasy exactly how I like it: deep, epic and full of action and adventure. I fell in love with the story when I was only a few chapters in, and the many twists and turns that followed kept me hooked right until the end. I'm really glad I read this book and I'm even more glad that I have the sequel sat waiting for me. I have no idea where Leigh Bardugo is going with her story, but I can't wait to find out. Read this if you're a fan of fantasy - you won't be disappointed! (WONDROUS READS 2013-05-13)

Overall, I loved everything about this book, with there being some seriously unexpected plot twists that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. I could hardly put this book down, and am thoroughly looking forward to reading the following books in the trilogy. My only slight complaint is that the book was too short, I wanted more to read! (5 stars) (BOOK CHICK CITY 2012-05-19)

...brilliantly written and truly spellbinding. (MIGMAG 2012-05-17)

This book really hooked me, I read it for hours on end just letting the magical story come to life in my mind, it was incredible and I LOVED IT!... The Gathering Dark is a very unique book which will leave you wanting more... it is one of the best books I've ever read. (Read, Write and Read Some More 2012-02-28)

The world building is slow, subtle and full. You get a really good idea of the court, and the way the magical society works. It's impossible to place exactly in time and location, but I still really enjoyed it. (DEATH, BOOKS AND TEA 2012-05-12)

There is so much to love about this book... Leigh Bardugo knows her stuff. The pacing is superb, the climax is faultless, and the immaculate blend of fantasy, action and romance really did make this book 'unputdownable'. (REALM OF FICTION 2012-04-12)

I think I often overuse the word 'unputdownable' when I write reviews, but this is one book which the term definitely applies to! It is dramatic and intriguing, and every twist and turn in the fantastic plot is completely unpredictable. Shadow and Bone is intoxicating, and once you have picked it up it will be glued to your hands until the last page is turned, unless, like me you fall asleep reading it. (HorseLover3000 GUARDIAN TEEN BOOKS 2013-07-13) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Lonely orphan Alina discovers a power that could be the key to saving her kingdom. But can she trust the seductive, powerful Darkling? And what about Mal, the childhood best friend she can't quite forget? Irresistible. Epic. This is glorious sweeping fantasy and the romance to end all romances. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing after all the hype 8 Jan 2014
Now, where to start my review of this book. So many people have absolutely loved this book and it has countless gushing reviews on Goodreads, however, for me this book was incredibly disappointing. In saying that, I did not hate this book, nor was I bored by the story and so I finished the book in no time. However, there are so many aspects to this book that disappointed me. I am first going to begin by telling you what made me pick this book up in the first place. One of the first places I heard this book mentioned was on Regan's youtube channel (PeruseProject). She showed the book during a haul, describing it as a story based around magic and the Russian culture.As I had not yet read a book involving Russian elements I was intrigued and wanted to check the book out on Goodreads. This seemed to be a love or hate book for most, but mostly love and so I went with the hype and picked up the book. Unfortunately with hype comes high expectations and for me, the book just did not live up to them. There were several aspects to the story that bothered me and these will be outlined below.

Firstly, I found the link to Russian culture confusing. The only way I saw this book to have Russian elements was in the names of the people and places. The world building was seriously lacking in this story. Before picking up the book I imagined the setting to be a medieval Russia (and here is where I have to admit my knowledge on that subject is seriously lacking), however, for me, the setting was non-existent, the only area described in detail being the shadow fold and funnily enough this is the area I had most trouble with imagining. Was the Shadow Fold over sea, or was it sand?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fantasy 5 July 2013
When I first picked this book up at the end of a long day I thought I would just have a quick dip in it to see how the opening flowed. Well I thought I would just read the opening chapter so at 11pm I dipped in to Shadow and Bone the next thing I knew it was after midnight and I was a hundred pages in wishing I didn't have to go to bed I just wanted to continue reading.

It is a gripping fantasy, I have heard it described as a mix of Potter, Twilight and the Hunger Games, such tosh it is far superior to them. More in the Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings mode good verses bad, and love that conquers all even at the worst of times. Shadow and Bones is supposed to be in the YA genre but any adult should read this as there a twists and turns up and down and a brilliant story.

We are introduced to two orphans at the beginning of the book Alina and Mal as young children and their incredible bond that will keep them together throughout of the story. How Mal at the beginning protects Alina who is all skin and bones and that when crossing the Shadow Fold it is Alina who saves Mal with a power she did not know she possessed.

It is this power throughout the book that she needs to harness so that she can finally defeat the Shadow Fold and reunite Ravka. It is through this power that she is at first guided by the Darkling and is able to see that absolute power corrupts and that she needs to stand up to him and fight for what is good.

It would be so easy to tell the whole story here but that would spoil the reason and the fun for buying this great book. I would recommend buying this book and join Alina in her fight for what is right and enjoy her love of Mal the great tracker.

Buy, Buy, Buy it now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent book 24 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A decent story, though the writing leaves something to be desired at times. The Darkling is a fantastic character. Alina is interesting, though her character arc so far is predictable and I hope to see something different from her in the coming books. At the moment, she's interchangeable with every other Young Adult female lead, gifted with great power but cursed with social awkwardness and a lack of personal confidence. Also, she's in love with her best friend, who leaves even more to be desired.

Overall the uniqueness of the worldbuild and the pace of the plot kept me interested, though in my opinion some of the developments were a little abrupt and could have done with more development - particularly, and without giving any spoilers away, Baghra's 'reveal' and Alina's reaction to it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grisha book 1 16 Oct 2012
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I read The Gathering Dark (otherwise known as Shadow and Bone if you're in the US) a month ago and I still can't get the story out of my head. Leigh Bardugo's debut novel had me captivated from the very first page and I didn't want to put it down for a second. This is without a doubt one of my favourite books of the year and bearing in mind that I've read over 300 books since January that is high praise indeed. I loved the world that the author has created, the Russian influence to the story adds depth to the world building and I loved the magical abilities of the Grisha.

Alina was the kind of heroine I found it easy to relate to, raised in an orphanage with only her best friend Mal to rely on she has never fully felt like she fitted in anywhere. All she really wants is to find a place where she belongs but when it is discovered she has a rare magical ability she finds herself taken away from everyone and everything she knows. Thrust into a new life amongst the Grisha Alina feels lost and alone, she doesn't understand the rules and is struggling to make sense of her power and how to harness it. Thankfully she makes a new friend in Genya but she misses Mal more than anything and is hurt when he doesn't reply to her letters. Her powers have drawn the attentions of the Darkling, the enigmatic leader of the Grisha and most powerful magic user in the kingdom of Ravka. Their country is torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a dark and desolate place where monsters rule and no human is safe, and the Darkling thinks that Alina could be the one person who can save them all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment
This book had so much promise, but sometime after the halfway point it felt as if the author started rushing things - the story was trotted out in a fast, predictable and... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but hardly high fantasy
I did enjoy this book - it's fairly compelling and fast paced, but to compare it to Tolkein is just outrageous! It's fantasy for young adults which most people would enjoy. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars An epic fantasy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
An absolutely incredible book, with extraordinary places, characters and a brilliant plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
What an intelligent and amazing writer. I loved the story and the characters. Can't wait to read more by Leigh Bardugo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a new adventure ...
When I first picked up this book I was expecting just another generic YA fantasy novel. It follows the same structure as a couple other recently popular books of the same genre... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved book while in egypt
excellent way of whiling away the hours when unable to top up my T MOBILE phone. ope u c this review in ur email.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy holiday read
Easy holiday read, nice and simple with a few different ideas. Good for teenagers and those that want something easy to read on holiday, I will be looking out for the sequels!
Published 3 months ago by Ms. L. Greenaway
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I loved this book – well the copy I got for review contained both the first and second nooks of the Grisha trilogy – so I should say I enjoyed these books! Read more
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