Shadow and Bone
by Leigh Bardugo [YA Bardugo]
Shadow and Bone is beautiful in it's descriptions and amazingly original. Alina is ordinary, she isn't pretty or talented and can barely draw a map and that's what she does. When she goes across the fold, a dangerous place where Volcra prey, her sand skiff is attacked and her best friend Mal is almost killed. When they turn on her she is sure she will die when a burst of sunlight disperses the Volcra and the skiffs are able to escape out of the Fold. Everyone who was there is saying she created the sunlight but she has no idea what they are talking about, she isn't one of the beautiful Grisha, she dosen't have powers. The leader of the Grisha, the handsome Darkling, think she does and rushes her to the Grisha palace to train her. And this is just the setup. I love the settings and the Grisha hierarchy. With strong Russian influences I feel the story was written well all though it ended quickly with a few loose ends. I look forward to future entries in the series. -- recommended by Wyatt P. - Gere Branch Library
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