Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Magic, adventure, and betrayal are just the beginning in this fascinating YA Dark Fantasy.

Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Shadow and Bone
Number in Series: Book One
Published: June 5, 2012

An average girl, a mapmaker, an orphan. While in the fold, a dark and dangerous place, she displays immense power when trying to save your lifelong friend Mal. Suddenly she has whisked away to a palace. She is well feed and finely dressed, trained in her magic and in combat. But she was taken from the one person she cares about because her power is the only thing that can save their world.

I got this series from my husband for my birthday and I was so excited to read it. The cover is just amazing. Serious eye candy and has this beautiful metallic-looking side, making it look great on my bookshelves. It was an easy read, I liked the writing in general and for me, that goes a long way with how easily I can finish a book.

The story itself was fun. I can’t say it was totally gripping, but I did enjoy it a lot and I’m looking forward to continuing the series. Alina was a pretty basic YA heroine, her crush on Mal was, predictable. I loved the Darkling and the sparks that flew even though again, everything with him was pretty predictable.

In general, the book was pretty basic and what you could expect from a high-fantasy ya novel. Maybe because of the hype I was just expecting so much more so I’m feeling a little let down. But I’m also holding out hope that now that we have been introduced to the world, her magic, and the problem at hand, that the next two books will hold so much more.

I would say this book is good for anyone around 12 years old’s reading ability or higher. Content is age-appropriate. No sex or trigger warnings I can think of. I would also recommend this to anyone who enjoys YA or Dark Fantasy.

4 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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