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The Gathering Dark: The Grisha 1 Paperback – 17 May 2012

4.5 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (17 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780621108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780621104
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 834,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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)

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)

...brilliantly written and truly spellbinding. (MIGMAG)

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)

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)

This engaging YA adventure takes a different and distinctly Russian approach to epic fantasy... Giving us a convincingly chilly and well-thought out world as well as a touchingly played romance, Leigh Bardugo's fantasy is effortlessly readable and sets up what looks like a potentially strong story for the rest of the upcoming Grisha Trilogy. (SFX)

In this richly-imagined and beautifully-written novel, Leigh Bardugo has created a vivid fantasy world drawing on Russian traditions and folklore. With unexpected twists and turns, and plenty of action and romance, this is a pacy and exciting adventure, but also a multi-layered story of self-discovery, with an intelligent and compelling heroine in Alina. (Booktrust)

It was just amazing; so rich and real and vivid and jump-off-of-the-page and unique... As for the writing: totally beautiful, but modern and funny. Everything was so wonderfully described so I could just see everything, but not heavy, not in the slightest. I really got into Alina's head and loved seeing the Grisha world for the first time through her eyes. While the world was breath-taking, the characters oh-so loveable and the writing amazing, this was just so much more than a fantasy novel. There were countless hidden themes and, unlike so many other hard-core fantasy novels, it was so human too... The Gathering Dark was an addictive, beautiful, fantastical and so very human for a fantasy. I really can't recommend it enough. Fantasy addicts will adore it, old-timey Russian lovers will adore it. People who love strong characters and amazing relationships will adore it. Magic lovers will adore it. It has something for everyone - including two gorgeous guys... I loved every second and can honestly say this is one if my favourite books from 2012. (The Book Addicted Girl Blog)

I felt like I fell into this book and was lost from reality until the final page; a sign of a talented story teller who draws the reader in and sucks time away from them. (Serendipity Reviews)

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Sweeping, glorious fantasy romance about an orphan who discovers a special power which could be the key to saving her kingdom.

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