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.
Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.
The Grisha are the magical elite of Ravka, also known as the Soldiers of the Second Army. They practice the Small Science: they manipulate matter at its most fundamental levels.
The main characters Alina and Mal grew up as orphans at an estate owned by a kind duke. They were sent away to serve their country in the First Army after neither showed aptitude as a Grisha. Mal served as an accomplished tracker whilst Alina studied the maps of a cartographer. Their lives change drastically when their regiment is attacked on the Fold, with Mal injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves both their lives that she never knew she possessed – a power that could possibly be the key to setting Ravka, a war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is forced to learn the way of the Grisha in order to save her country and the people she loves.
Leigh Burdugo’s series The Grisha is a memorising, phenomenal piece of art. She cunningly weaves a captivating new world that is unpredictable and distinctive. Giving you no other choice, but to beg and plead for more! You have to forcibly amputate yourself from its alluring pages, and every second you are separated from your love; your soul and mind delves into the world of Ravka, imagining of all the possible outcomes and scenarios that could happen in the next page you discover. This book is a must read! After all it’s like The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter meets Twilight meets Lord of The Rings meets Game Of Thrones; basically an epic magical fantasy but completely for grown-ups.