Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: I love love love Alina! At first she didn’t believe she was Grisha; until that moment when she was able to call upon her powers and everything changes. I loved following Alina on her adventures from going through the fold the first time to going through it a second time and escaping the Darkling.
Okay let’s take a sec to talk about the Darkling… At first when they kissed, I was shipping hardcore BUT when Baghra told Alina everything I couldn’t stand him and didn’t want them together a AT ALL. When Alina escaped and was reunited with Mal, I got all happy because I wanted her safe. I wanted her to get away from the Darkling so that he couldn’t do as he planned.
When he found her and Mal, I was really concerned about him possibly killing her but I realized that he needed her alive to be able to use her Sun Summoning abilities. When that went down I was like really worried about her safety but then the Fold happened and everything else went down and they escaped.
I really wanna talk more about the ending but don’t want to spoil to much. Someone who has read it and wants to talk to me about what happened in the Fold I want too! I need to talk about it!